Released: October 25, 2011
Gameplay features 4 distinct areas with sixteen stages in total: the Aquarium, Food Court, Wedding Castle and Amusement Park. Squinkies are on the loose within each area and players must track them down to invite them to the party! Meeting new friends will unlock playable characters in later areas and magical coins scattered randomly about the levels are used in the Gumball Playhouse to earn ten “rare” playable Squinkies characters. In addition to playable characters, there are more than 600 Squinkies™ pals to be found and collected throughout the game! With simple controls, exciting game play and adorable familiar faces, Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize! will be an instant favorite.
We have never played with Squinkies before but we have seen them. So you don’t have to be a Squinkies fan to appreciate the game as it is cute! When you first start the game you play with a tutorial guiding you. It was pretty annoying for me because I just wanted to go-go-go, but for kids the tutorial is helpful as the instructions are on the screen and read aloud to player.
The game is pretty easy to get going but it did take me a little bit to get used to the controls of jumping. Some parts are somewhat challenging too so it is not a babyish game. The point of the game is to catch each Squinkies friend to give them an invitation the a party, with a bonus because collecting all five coins in order first. You are also timed in the game which gives you different awards. Oh and if you collect all five coins you get a Bonus game in the level.
Overall, while the game is simple it is also challenging in the fact that you want to collect the coins and beat the level in a fast time. My four year old son struggled at some points but overall did pretty good on his own. The game would probably be geared towards ages 5-10. The game also comes with an ultra-rare Squinkies car and two figures.
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