Jelly Car 2 (Video Game Review)


THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON EXTRAGUY.COM

 

Genre: Racing/Puzzle
Release Date: January 10, 2011
Platform: Nintendo Wii, iPhone, Android
Price: Varies

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Squishy car, squishy wheels, squishy fun. Disney Interactive is promising a squishy good time with their new game Jelly Car 2. Is the Disney magic alive on WiiWare, or is Jelly Car 2 less fun than getting a box of Jello Pudding Pops that has nothing but a bunch of empty sticks and melted goo inside?

The presentation of Jelly Car 2 almost makes it worth the purchase alone. The game looks like it was hand-drawn by a little kid on a sketch pad, complete with lined paper backgrounds, slightly colored-out-of-the-lines powerups and sound effects done by a person making them with their mouth. The music is fun and upbeat which perfectly fits the on-screen hijinks. You can even customize your Jelly Car to the color and shape of your choosing.

There is something for everyone in the game’s four modes. Classic mode will have you attempting to get to the goal in the fastest time possible. You’ll have to use platforms (both moving and stationary), walls, giant car-squishing gears, the ability to grow to monster truck size and more to get there. There are two kinds of powerups to grab – the wall sticking wheels and car lifting balloons. They will allow you to roll on any surface (even ceilings) or float up through holes and gaps. Once you’re finished, you will return the stage selection screen to pick a new level, or try the same one again to beat your best time. You can even race your friends through the classic mode stages in multi-player.

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Long Jump makes you pick up as much speed as you can and before jumping off of a ramp to fly over as many feet as possible. Factory mode seems almost like a whole separate game in itself — one that shares a similar art style, but wasn’t enough of a game to sell separately. You rotate objects in the path of falling shapes to get them into areas of the same color. Every time you make a mistake, you lose one block of life. Lose them all and its game over. It serves as a nice change of pace and provides challenging diversion after ten or twelve levels in classic mode.

The most fun mode in Jelly Car 2 by far is the level editor. You will be able to place powerups, ramps, roads, walls and whatever else wherever you like until your ultimate Jelly Car experience is complete. It’s just a shame that the created levels cant be uploaded for others to try. Even the ability to send them to your friends would have been a nice addition. I would have loved to see the absolute craziness people will come up with. I guess there’s always Youtube…

When I saw that Disney made a game called Jelly Car 2, I felt an uncontrollable urge to download it. Maybe it was just the feeling of Epic Mickey still coursing through my veins, or the cute graphics that reminded me of Nintendo’s WarioWare series. Either way I’m glad I went for it because if I hadn’t, I would have missed out one of the most fun, addictive and completely original games I have had the pleasure of playing on Nintendo’s download service. At a mere 500 points, Jelly Car 2 is easily more bang for your buck than an equally priced box of Bill Cosby Jello Pudding Pops, and twice as jiggly, too.

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

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– Keith White Jr.

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