Name: Natural Threat 2
Release Date: 25 July 2013
Developer: Alawar Entertainment/Butterfly iSoft
Last year's Natural Threat: Ominous Shore was a great game; it has nice story, graphics and gameplay. In Natural Threat 2, you have to fight with evil, mutated plants and save your husband and your daughter.
Calling Natural Threat 2 a sequel, the story in this game has nothing to do with the first game. The only reason we can see that this serves as a sequel is that both games have the same theme of mutated plants try to conquer the city, in fact, the story in this sequel is very similar to the first game. It is so similar that sometimes it feels like the developer just use the same story but sets in a new city with new characters.
With that being said, Natural Threat 2 is quite a hooking game. The story starts out very well with an intense cutscene and then it gets more exciting. You will stumble upon many notepads as well as posters and journal pages so there is a lot of reading to take; anyway, if you are not too keen of reading, you will not be disconnected from the story.
From the graphics point, Natural Threat 2 has an awesome, epic graphics. The artwork is brilliant and the scenes are crystal clear; all the animations are done well and many locations are very beautiful to look at. However, some might say that Natural Threat 2 is kind of a disturbing game which is true. Many visuals are not very pleasant to look at; like plants eating humans or little girl being wrapped around by plants, that's really gross. As for the audio, the music is Natural Threat 2 is okay, nothing to be praised about and the voice overs are great.
What the developer failed to deliver is a challenging gameplay because Natural Threat 2 feels like a beginner Hidden Object game. There is no map in the game which is not a major deal since the game is very linear. Most of the items you pick up will be used almost immediately and it is very easy to figure out all the tasks and interactions. The Hidden Object scenes comes in only one type which is the standard list one unlike its predecessor which has a variety of HO scenes. The puzzles are nothing original and they are not very difficult either; many of them feel out of place and not really related to the theme of the game.
To conclude, although with awesome graphics; Natural Threat 2 is just above average. It is fun to play if you do not mind the lack of challenge but there are a lot of better HOPAs out there.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 2.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
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