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iOS Games: Framed 2 Review

A panel swapping comic caper

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According to its developer, LoveShackFRAMED 2 is a noir puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome of the story. Taking place before the events of the original game, FRAMED 2 is the follow up to Hideo Kojima’s 2014 Game Of The Year, FRAMED.

Years ago, a mysterious ship smuggled precious cargo into an exotic land.
A standalone entry in the FRAMED series.
Change the order, change the outcome.

 

Here’s the official trailer:

 

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    In a nutshell

    Framed 2 is the type of mobile game experience you can’t get enough of, very addictive and engaging but also makes you think about your next move. What does play a bigger role are the fun puzzles where you have to reuse panels in order to complete a sequence. So, you have more instances of where you have to utilize the different contexts, while still finding a way to use all the panels at least once, in order to solve the puzzle and advance. These puzzles now have more in the way of permanent effects, so order plays a role, too.

    The whole purpose of the game is rearranging panels in order to create the proper sequence of events, with the location of characters and items in each panel playing a role contextually to what happened in previous panels. The annoying puzzles where the rules of comic sequencing were played with are gone. For example, there were puzzles in Framed 1 where you had to rotate long panels around to solve puzzles, creating puzzles where you weren’t completely sure of how the sequencing was going to work. Those are gone.

     

    The Good

    • Gorgeous visuals
    • Variety of puzzles to solve (keeps you busy)
    • Engaging (a variety of perspectives)
    • Unique environment

    The bad

    • It’s frustrating in places when you need to wait through animations to move on. (a skip button could help).

     

     

    Framed 2 Scores

    Gameplay - 8
    Replay-ability - 8.1
    Controls - 7
    Graphics - 8.9
    Sound - 7.2
    Price - 6.9
    User Rating: 4.85 ( 2 votes)
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