Teslagrad 2 is one of the best platformers I’ve played in years. The game picks up where the original left off, with the boy discovering a strange technological tower in a wasteland. The story is light, told only through environmental details and brief cutscenes, but it keeps you curious about what’s at the top.
- The controls are simple but responsive. You’ll run, jump, climb, and use a magnetic gauntlet to manipulate metal objects and navigate obstacles.
- The level design is clever and rewards exploration. Hidden paths lead to power-ups and collectibles. Difficult sections often have an easier solution if you look for it.
- The hand-drawn steampunk world is a delight. Every new area introduces eye-catching details, strange contraptions, and new hazards. The mix of technology and natural elements creates a sense of mystery.
Challenging Puzzles and Tricky Traps
The environments are more complex, with hidden paths and secret areas tucked away. You’ll have to explore every nook and cranny to progress. Some rooms wrap around themselves in mind-bending ways. When you think you’ve figured it out, a new twist emerges.
- The mechanisms and contraptions you have to manipulate get trickier too. It’s about more than just activating switches in the right order. You’ll have to redirect beams of light, utilize pistons and pulleys, and harness the power of magnetism. Some puzzles require quick reflexes and perfect timing. Expect quite a few head-scratching moments.
- Enemies also become more difficult, with some that can only be defeated using the environment and your wits. Their patterns get sophisticated, so you’ll need to bring your A-game. A few bosses also show up, and they don’t mess around.
- Secrets and collectibles are cunningly hidden behind the most unlikely obstacles. If you want to discover everything Teslagrad 2 has to offer, you’ll need to get creative.
Beautiful Hand-Drawn Visuals
The hand-drawn visuals in Teslagrad 2 are stunning. The game is set in a steampunk world with a gorgeous art style featuring hand-painted backgrounds and characters. The backgrounds in each level are intricately detailed, with layers of parallax scrolling to give the 2D world a sense of depth.
An Emotional Journey and Memorable Story
Teslagrad 2 has a memorable story that tugs at the heartstrings. Without dialog or text, the game crafts an emotive narrative solely through environmental details, music, and gameplay. As the unnamed protagonist, you’ll journey through a steampunk world to find your long-lost father.
- Puzzling through your old home, you’ll stumble upon your childhood drawings and old toys, evoking nostalgia for simpler times.
- Next is exploring a lighthouse; sepia-toned flashbacks show your father teaching you how to use a telescope, highlighting your close bond.
- Moreover, solving clockwork puzzles in an abandoned factory, melancholy music plays as you realize this was once your father’s workplace, reminding you of what you have lost.