The half-year wait is over! Episode 2 is here!
The Square-Enix comic/video game crossover app Imaginary Range (the first episode of which was reviewed here) continues in its recently released second installment.
And it has been quite a long wait, so I'm happy to say the app is of a high enough quality that it's worth the long wait.
As with the first episode, the game continues the story in its comic book-cum-minigame mashup game app style.
The comic sections also have items hidden in the comic cells, adding a bit of interactivity to what would otherwise be just reading.
Episode 2 comes with two new minigames, "Chocobo Chaser" and "Sphere Bounce," in addition to an updated "Omega Burst" minigame from episode 1. The selection and variety of games really extends the playability of the app.
You'd expect Square-Enix to include a game like Chocobo Chaser in one of their games. The setting for this is a decidedly fantasy realm, and the episode 2 story clears up a lot of the questions raised in episode 1 and really fleshes out the fantasy world of Imaginary Range. I really recommend those interested in playing to play through episode 1 before they dive into episode 2. They're both free, so you might as well start at the beginning.
Compared to the first installment, the minigames seem to have gotten a bit more difficult. The chain puzzle game of Sphere Bounce is especially notable for its Final Fantasy style of fighting off enemies. The minigames themselves are excellently balanced and of high quality.
The minigames were hard enough that I got a little stuck halfway through the story, so players who are more interested in reading the comic might have a tough time figuring out how to get past the minigames.
The main appeal of the game is the two main characters, Cid and Ciela. Well, I actually couldn't care less about Cid, but I find Ciela to be extremely attractive. Lookit that butt.
Imaginary Range: Episode 2 has plenty of exciting twists and unforeseen turns along its storyline, and I promise I won't spoil anything for you here!
And now that I've finished episode 2, it's time for the excruciating wait until episode 3. Don't make me wait too long, Square-Enix!!!
Device used: EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Last updated: March 30, 2012
Compatibility: Android 1.5 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan