Rick Dangerous 2
|Rick Dangerous 2|
|Composer(s)||David K. Pridmore|
|Platform(s)||Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC ZX Spectrum, MS-DOS|
Rick Dangerous 2 is a platform game developed by Core Design for the Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and MS-DOS-based PCs. It was released in 1990 and published by Micro Style as a sequel to Rick Dangerous.
At the end of Rick Dangerous 1, we learn that an alien invasion is imminent. As Rick Dangerous 2 starts, UFOs land in London. The image shift in the character of Rick Dangerous is evident from the start: The coat is nowhere to be found and the Indiana Jones-style hat from the previous episode is almost symbolically blown off by a laser beam coming from one of the spaceships in the introduction sequence. One UFO lands in Hyde Park, and Rick goes there to settle the score with the aliens.
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There are a number of changes to the game play that make the Rick Dangerous 2 more complex and more challenging than its predecessor. For a start, Rick is now armed with a laser gun and bombs that can not only be placed but slid, making way for strategic bomb-placement. The pogo stick is replaced by a punch attack. Rick can also employ a special flying vehicle in certain areas of the game that allows for faster movement, but this may also become a danger factor.
Also, while there is a linear story to the game, the first four levels may be played in any order. Completing these four levels (Hyde Park, the ice caverns on the planet Freezia, the deep forest of Vegetablia and the "atomic mud mines") unlocks the fifth and final level, the Fat Guy's Headquarters, which ends in a boss fight. This level can then be played as often as desired, until the player quits the game, but the endgame movie only plays if the player completes all five levels in order.
The end of Rick Dangerous 2 does not complete the story. The game finishes with a cliffhanger, with the Fat Guy escaping at the final moment via a teleporter device, and Rick following him with the familiar captions "What will Rick do next?". Though this may have hinted another sequel to the story, Rick Dangerous 3 was never made. Although a Rick Dangerous II½ was given away by The One Amiga on a cover disk, this was only a few additional levels and more of a demo than an actual sequel. Many of the concepts featured in these levels were later used in a Super Nintendo Entertainment System game titled Danger Dan, which was also unfinished. Both games were re-released under the budget label Kixx.
The ZX Spectrum version fared well amongst its respective magazines. CRASH awarded the sequel game a "CRASH Smash" accolade with 90% in their issue 82. "A number one platform game returns with smashingly equal results." Your Sinclair also gave the game a 90 rating, stating "More explore-and-collect frolics, but a whole lot better than the original. " 
Amstrad Action gave the highest rating of the lot for the Amstrad version, and the highest rated game in AA history at the time, with a 97% rating and a "MasterGame" award. Computer and Video Games also gave the CPC version a high rating of 90%.
The Amiga game scored highly as well. CU Amiga gave an 89% rating and a "CU Screen Star" award in their November 1990 issue. Amiga Format awarded the Amiga game their 'Gold' award with a 92% rating. The game was ranked the 17th best game of all time by Amiga Power.
- Caswell, Mark. CRASH, issue 82, November 1990
- Davies, Jonathan. Your Sinclair, issue 59, November 1990
- Waring, Adam. Amstrad Action, issue 62, November 1990
- Computer and Video Games, issue 110, January 1991, p 95.
- King, Phil. & Lapworth, Warren. Zzap!64, issue 67, November 1990
- ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment Magazine), issue 40, January 1991, p 115
- Heley, Mark. CU Amiga, issue 67, November 1990, p 36.
- Evans, Maff. Amiga Format. issue 16, November 1990, p 82-83
- Amiga Power magazine issue 0, Future Publishing, May 1991
- Whitta, Gary. The One. issue 25, October 1990, p 51-52
- Wilson, David. Zero. issue 12, October 1990, p 57