Paper.io 2! Paper.io 2! Paper.io 2! Paper.io 2! Paper.io 2!
Paper.io 2 is the follow up to Voodoo's breakout hit Paper.io.
Paper.io is what originally landed Voodoo on the mobile gaming map. Now, after a dozen more games and becoming a top mobile publisher, Voodoo comes out with the sequel.
I'm going to take a look at Paper.io 2 from a game design perspective. I will look at the overall flow of the game, the design of the difficulty curve, and a psychological trick that will keep players coming back.
The objective of the game is to control 100% of the arena. You play as a small, ever moving square with a small starting territory that corresponds to your square's color.
There are other players that start the same way and have the same goal.
In your own territory, you are safe. When you leave, you create a trail that draws onto the arena. If you make it back to your territory then you gain control of the territory you just traversed.
If someone else hits your trail, you die, your territory is lost, and you must start over.
A major difference between Paper.io 2 and the original is how you move. In the original, you could only move in 4 directions: up, down, left, and right. Now you can move in any direction. The arena is now circular instead of square to complement that change.
The game starts with a screen displaying your current character and your high score, which is displayed as a percentage of the highest area you have conquered.
You may select any characters you have unlocked and then start the game.
You conquer territory and kill other players until you die. You are then presented with an opportunity to watch an ad to get an extra life or decline the offer to return to the main screen.
Note that I have no rights to this game. This player app gives users a sandboxed version of this game that is isolated from the rest of the internet. This can also lead to performance boosts on 64-bit devices (you most likely have a 64-bit device). The game is still available to play for free on its own website! But this player is perfect if you're looking for a competitive edge, to play the game in a UWP format, or want to be isolated from everything else, then this player is perfect! You are paying for the player itself, not the game.
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