Review of Flash Game: Paper Cannon 2

Angry Birds without the birds, the green pigs, and the slingshot cannon! More violence and one-eyed pink and green alien bunnies or, as the game refers to them, “creatures”. The twist is you can’t blow up the innocents or the pink alien bunnies as your cannonball flies over and bounces off the roughly drawn obstacles. These aliens are your friends. The greens ones are infected and must be eliminated; green fluff and all. When you shoot them, they delightfully explode with a flying eye and fluff-filled bang.

The graphics help to set the game apart from similar games. Everything is sketched with blue ink, and the only things in colour are the platforms that move when force is applied; the aliens and the cannonballs. Despite having infinite ammunition, the game gets harder with each level as the pink creatures constantly place themselves in harm’s way.

The controls are simple. They are even simpler than Paper Cannon 1 if you have played that on easy. Just move the mouse to aim and then click to shoot. With enough force, the cannon bounces around the screen like a rogue pinball until it explodes. The whole game is easier than Paper Cannon 1, which could be considered a good thing. There are also no moving platforms in the early levels. This gives you more of a feel of working with the weapon. Too often games throw players in at the deep end which leaves them unable to fully understand the more complex parts later on in the game as they haven’t had a chance to master the basics.

The only negative aspect of the game is the walkthrough which is located in the toolbar. This shows you a video of every shot you need to make. When you get stuck, which you eventually will, it just feels like cheating. Since the walkthrough is linked to the game, perhaps it could be replaced with tips or something less revealing. The walkthrough isn’t any help if you are playing on hard.

Tips for beating the game:

Remember, even though you have an endless arsenal of cannons, with each shot fired your score decreases.
If playing on easy, the closer the mouse is to the cannon the less force it will shoot with. Likewise the farther the mouse is away from the cannon, the more force it shoots with. Keep this in mind when aiming for the bunnies.
If playing on hard, the longer the left mouse button is held down the more force the cannon will be shot with. Practice this in the early levels while the game is still easy.
You can bounce the cannon balls off each other.
Since the score decreases with each shot, it is good to consider restarting when you figure out your shots to save points or even going back and replaying a level while it is still fresh in your mind.

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