Developer: Jim Blackler
Release Date: 1989
Code: Fernando Jimenez
GFX: Xavier Cubedo
Music: Pablo Toledo
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 58%
Our Game Rating: 58%
Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
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I was never a fan of the original Game Over game, and I think I wasn’t alone. ZZAP!64 magazine thought it was dire too and only gave it an overall score of 68%, and so there was a lot of work to be done if there was to be any improvement. Which is probably why Dinamic chose a completely different coding team to produce the sequel…
Game Over 2 is a bit of a strange one; it doesn’t really seem to know what kind of game it wants to be. First it starts off as a shoot-em-up in space; then it turns into a strange shoot-em-up in a jungle where you’re sitting on a peculiar creature traipsing through a river; and then finally it turns into quite a nice platform adventure game. Unfortunately, for me, the final part is the only bit of the game worth playing, which then leads into the ending…
Space… the final frontier…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Brendan had the code for the final part (25472) and played it all the way through with unlimited lives.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The game ends with two characters facing each other, and then a shot of a spaceship leaving a planet. This is followed by a message that says, “THE END”.
Brendan: Basic really – the tiniest of animations, followed by ‘THE END’ with a little ditty. 3/10.
Vinny: Game Over 2 isn’t an improvement on the original game, and I’m not surprised that ZZAP!64 only scored it 58%…
As for the ending… I’m astonished! I was only expecting the usual “THE END”, or “CONGRATULATIONS”. Who’d have ever thought they’d put some effort in and produce a game ending. 3/10 from me too.
Andrew Fisher: Dinamic’s games were always too difficult, even with codes to give access to later levels/parts. None of the three parts of Game Over II are particularly well-made. There was some effort put into an ending, but it is as average as the rest of the game.
Andy Vaisey: Well, I appreciate that there is ‘something’ to the ending beyond the standard ‘well done’. However, it’s all a bit half-assed like the game. Avoid…
KungFuFurby: Good thing I’m still looking at this website. I’ve been waiting to see this one for quite a while…
The planet that the spaceship leaves from looks like a Death Star. Not counting that, not too bad. Definitely better than the first game’s ending.
Brendan Phoenix: Pity it is not up the standard of Navy Moves – that was an ace ending.
FINAL SAY: Surprising, but still basic.
G.E. RATING: 3 / 10