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"Bubble Bobble has just gone the way of the dinosaurs"
Gaming Gold Award Winner for Best Arcade Game and Game of the Year
Cuby and Coby are
two pretty peeved crabs! Monsters have trashed up all the places Cuby and
Coby love to hang out, and now everything's a mess. There's only one thing
to do when monsters put everything to shambles: Take REVENGE!!
In Wetspot 2, you're
gonna have to use Cuby's strength to take down the monsters, in ten worlds
of arcade-style action. Battle ghosts, penguins, and other horrifying baddies.
Or, grab a buddy and get in on some 2-player action!
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Wetspot 2's graphics are top-notch, make
no doubt of that. You immediately get an impression of just what calibur
of graphics you're going to expect through the game's introduction, which
shows the marvellous Enhanced Creations logo with the help of three green
balls that bounce around and eventually dispense. Then Cuby and Coby are
introduced in an arcade-style flurry. Immediately you get the feeling after
that intro that you're ready to play a good game.
Wetspot 2 doesn't disappoint later in the
graphics department either. Each of the game's ten levels rotate around
original tilesets that are carefully rendered. The action, which takes
place on a birds-eye view, is smooth and flickerless. I like the pixel-by-pixel
movements a lot, and I'm really surprised by just how many enemies flutter
around while all the action happens. Very arcade... very nice.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|Bubble Bobble sound effects and 80s/Disney
music work together to keep players into the game. This can be a good and
a bad thing for Wetspot. Hearing familiar arcade sound effects like those
in Bubble Bobble took away from the individual feeling you come to expect
of game's from Wetspot's calibur, which is already pretty inspired by Bubble
Bobble in terms of gameplay. It's also questionable if original music would
have captured the happy, party-like feel that only Disney music can deliver.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|Let's consider the options on this incredibly
versatile Puzzle/Arcade game. Joystick support, excellent level design,
and 2-player simulataneous action. Aren't these the kind of options that
should get you 5 stars for gameplay? Apparently not!
I hesitate because the items and concepts
in Wetspot 2 come straight from Bubble Bobble. Wetspot 2 works as an arcade
game/puzzle game hybrid... your task is to defeat enemies by crushing them
within blocks. Crush them and you will find fruit for bonus points. Make
sure you get all the enemies before time runs out... (Bubble Bobble and
Pengo veterans among you will see that this gameplay formula is just a
little too familiar.)
However, Wetspot 2 does deserve some credit
in the sense that it did combine ideas from Bubble Bobble and Pengo, to
form a sort of arcade giant that suffers none of the gameplay flaws of
its inspirations. The two-player action is also a real help, as it gives
a cooperative element to Wetspot 2 that other QB games simply do not have.
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|Average. It would have been nice if this
game had some demos to explain the action, but in the same token that would
take away from the game's arcade feel.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|The one-player mode is somewhat okay.
It does get pretty lonely playing alone though, and the two-player action
is the real reason why Wetspot 2 gets perfect replay value. Wetspot 2 seems
to cuddle up to you. Installing the game is a breeze, and getting all the
bells and whistles of the game to work is also a cinch as long as your
hardware is compatible. The joystick support is the finishing touch, giving
you and a buddy an opportunity to just enjoy the arcade experience.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|I was one of those people fooled into
believing that beating level one was an indication that you are a Wetspot
master, and that the levels would never get any worse. But Enhanced Creations
was fiendish, creating levels that are well laid-out for maximum thumb-twiddling
and engineering a group of wicked enemies that vary in intelligence and
in attacks. Each level offers a new surprise if you have the skill to pass
them, and teamwork between Cuby and Coby plays a special role in taking
care of the latter worlds.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Games like Wetspot 2 are as fun as you
want it to be. This isn't a game that you can or is even worth solving
overnight, since the game does offer a password system to keep you in check.
But if you have the determination (or at least a willing friend) to ready
yourself for one of the most popular challenges that QB has to offer, then
it's time to swear some revenge in Wetspot 2.
|Genre: Puzzle/Arcade Game
||To solve: 4-12 hours Final Rating: 29/35
To download this game, click here.
sure you run SETUP.EXE to change sound card settings first.
game is joystick compatible.
play Wetspot 2, go to DOS mode, go to the directory where Wetspot 2 was
installed, then run "SBMIDI.EXE". Then, run "WETSPOT2.EXE".
playing Wetspot 2, type "SBMIDI /U" in DOS to unload the audio drivers.
This will ensure that audio will work if you want to play another QB download
or other application.
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