Blinx 2

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Blinx 2
Blinx 2 - Masters of Time and Space Coverart.png
Developer(s) Artoon
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Director(s) Naoto Ohshima
Takuya Matsumoto
Producer(s) Yoji Ishii
Artist(s) Masamichi Harada
Noriko Omizo
Writer(s) Soshi Kawasaki
Composer(s) Tomonori Sawada
Keiichi Sugiyama
Engine Blinx: The Time Sweeper
Platform(s) Xbox
Release date(s)
  • NA November 16, 2004
  • JP November 18, 2004
  • EU December 3, 2004
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space (released in Japan as Blinx 2: Battle of Time and Space) is a 3D third-person platform game developed by Artoon and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released for the Xbox in 2004. Its predecessor, Blinx: The Time Sweeper, was released for the Xbox in 2002. The Xbox 360 can play the game in emulation.[citation needed] As of 2015, Microsoft has abandoned the Blinx trademark, indicating that there will not be any more entries in the franchise.[1]

Plot[edit]

In Blinx 2 the player controls either a Time Sweeper (anthropomorphic cat) or a Tom Tom (pig) on their mission to prevent the end of the world by finding the eight fragments of the all-powerful Big Crystal. Some Tom Tom pigs accidentally destroy the legendary Big Crystal upon discovering it. As a result, the Time Sweepers and the Tom-Toms then fight past many time glitch monsters and with each other. Upon completing levels when playing as the Time Sweepers, a short cinematic plays of the mysterious Time Angel, who wants her crystal repaired. At the end of the game, the player becomes included with a team which must go to a mysterious part of an alternate universe to defeat the Scissor Demon, a mission from which they cannot return. The team are easily defeated by the Dragon until a squad of Tom Toms arrive. The leader of the Tom-Toms will look the same as the one the player had customized while playing as the Tom Toms. He gives the player the other half of the big crystal which enabled the player to hurt the Demon. Once the Scissor Demon is defeated, it dissolves. The screen then fades to brightness, at which point the Angel thanks the Time Sweepers and the Tom-Toms for their efforts. What happens to the team afterwards is unknown.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 69.60%[2]
Metacritic 68/100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 5/10[4]
EGM 6.67/10[5]
Eurogamer 6/10[6]
Game Informer 7/10[7]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[8]
Game Revolution C[9]
GameSpot 6.3/10[10]
GameSpy 2.5/5 stars[11]
GameZone 8.2/10[12]
IGN 7.9/10[13]
OXM 7.6/10[14]
Detroit Free Press 2/4 stars[15]
The Sydney Morning Herald 2.5/5 stars[16]

The game was met with a bit more mixed reception than the first one, as GameRankings gave it a score of 69.60%,[2] while Metacritic gave it 68 out of 100.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harding, Chris (January 6, 2015). "News: Microsoft Drops Trademark For Xbox Exclusive Game Blinx". The Games Cabin. 
  2. ^ a b "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ Edge staff (January 2005). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space". Edge (145): 91. 
  5. ^ EGM staff (January 2005). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space". Electronic Gaming Monthly (187): 137. 
  6. ^ Jennings, Ronan (December 20, 2004). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space". Game Informer (141): 133. January 2005. 
  8. ^ Rice Burner (December 21, 2004). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on January 15, 2005. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ferris, Duke (December 8, 2004). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ Navarro, Alex (November 16, 2004). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ Maragos, Nich (December 1, 2004). "GameSpy: Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 18, 2005. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ Raymond, Justin (December 6, 2004). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 29, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (November 16, 2004). "Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space". IGN. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space". Official Xbox Magazine: 76. January 2005. 
  15. ^ "RECENT VIDEO GAME RELEASES: BLINX 2: MASTERS OF TIME AND SPACE; LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS; CALL OF DUTY: FINEST HOUR". Detroit Free Press. January 23, 2005. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ Hill, Jason (January 13, 2005). "Riotous fun". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 

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