It can very often be the case that sequels do not live up to their originals by attempting to continue something that wasn’t initially good in the first place, or by tampering with the idea too much and ruining what made the original game fun to play in the first place. Neither of these scenarios hold true with Learn to Fly 2, a sequel that provides you with all of the brilliance of the original but betters it quite substantially. Expect more launching, better upgrades, and an even more quirky and humorous storyline in this light-hearted second offering of the Learn to Fly series.
The game begins as the penguin wakes up a comatose state and is seeking to improve his internet-based reputation by causing a distance-based stir on the net. The premise remains identical to the first game which is to launch your penguin as far as is possible into the distance. This time, though, you have more upgrades, obstacles, and features to experience, and an increased variety of gameplay modes in which to experience them. You could say that the very main aim is to destroy the iceberg from the previous game that thwarted you so and made you look like a fool, and you will use every tool in the very substantial arsenal to do so.
The controls for the game are fairly simple. You can use either the mouse or the keyboard left/right/spacebar keys to control your movement/boost if you have a rocket or boosting upgrade applied. You will likely get to grips with the controls very easily by playing through the three gameplay modes that are available. Classic Mode is closest to the original’s gameplay and allows you to simply launch and attain the greatest distance possible. Story Mode requires you to encounter and/or destroy various obstacles (such as the iceberg I mentioned above), and Arcade Mode is perhaps the most challenging as you have to work within a certain budget/set of limitations to achieve the best score possible.
Spending your money on various upgrades is perhaps one of the most entertaining parts of the whole experience, and is certainly a feature that makes the game more addictive to play. You can purchase enhancements to your sleigh, glider, payload, and boost functions, with some ridiculous options like a nuclear weapon as the final and most expensive payload option. You are also able to upgrade your ramp length and height as well as your fuel in order to make your initial launch and the resulting journey as forceful, successful, and as long as possible. You will find that you must grind for a fair amount of time to be able to afford the better upgrades, but this is what the game is really all about, and many people will appreciate the challenge.
To highlight one of the less positive things about learn 2 fly, the whole thing isn’t all that challenging, with the emphasis being more on the taking part and enjoying the thrill of the experience rather than being the victor over anything or anyone in particular. There is a collection of medals that you can achieve by fulfilling certain criteria such as travelling certain distances or performing different actions in your launches/landings. Add to this the delightful gameplay and the 3 different modes of play, and you have yourself a title with a light-hearted feel and longevity that some distance-based games just don’t have.