If you played the original Tiny Troopers then Special Ops will already be familiar to you, on the surface, it’s the same game, the same controls and the same tiny troopers. Why change a winning formula? Tiny Troopers 2 takes all the things that were great about the original and expands on them, making an already great game into something really special.
For those that never played the original Tiny Troopers, gameplay is incredibly simple, all actions are initiated with a tap, tap where you want your troops to move, tap where you want them to shoot… that’s it. Using a grenade or rocket launcher is as simple as dragging it to wherever you need it to explode and for long walks you can just hold down in the direction you want to go. This title was designed with simplicity in mind, it’s not perfect but it suits the tablet interface to a tee, occasionally you’ll find yourself shooting a civilian when you want to walk but any problems are minor as this makes for a very relaxed and effective control method.
So what has changed? Nothing major, but the campaign has a little more structure and depth being divided into four operations, each consisting of seven missions, the menus are easier to navigate and look much better. In Tiny Troopers, raising the difficulty meant getting more Command Points (CP), that’s changed here, points are the same across all difficulties but completing a mission on a higher difficulty will earn you bullets which are needed to unlock a zombie survival stage, there’s a different one in each operation and these stages are great for earning CP without putting your crack troops in danger, just like the first game, troops earn rank for surviving missions and gain strength as they do. Maintaining a kill streak will increase your multiplier meter, doubling or even quadrupling CP earned in stage.
You can spend your CP on upgrades for your troops, the upgrade options have been improved greatly giving you multiple ranks to achieve in each field like damage, accuracy, armour or range of fire. To boost these attributes further, you can now also purchase new uniforms as well, some give you extra CP bonuses on mission completion while others boost HP or increase stealth. If you don’t have the CP, you can also purchase upgrades and costumes with medals found in missions, usually out of your way. If you don’t feel like earning things the hard way you can purchase both medals and CP via IAP but you should be able to unlock and upgrade everything without spending with a little extra work. Having trouble with a mission? You can also use your CP to purchase airdrops which can contain health packs or weapons. If you’re still having trouble, you can also purchase reinforcement troops for a single mission, these cost a lot of CP though so at first you’ll need to be sparing when it comes to enlistment but they’ll come in handy when trying a level on hard.
Little has changed graphically, but things are a little bit clearer, crisp, there are more environments and the colours seem a little sharper, and the game screen has been rearranged, all the same stuff is there but it feels much less cluttered. Stages are larger and more complex and directional indicators have been added so you know which way your objectives are without needing to check the map constantly.
The music takes a subtle tone through most of the game but picks up in volume and intensity when the enemy is engaged and fades back again when the action stops and that really helps build some tension and atmosphere and shows that the developers have put some real effort into the title. The sound effects are more in the spirit of humour than realism but this doesn’t detract from the game, it suits the cute image that the characters portray.
I highly recommend Tiny Troopers 2, it’s fun to play and the short missions make it perfect for on-the-go gaming but still fun for extended play sessions as well. Chillingo hasn’t gone over the top with this sequel, it’s essentially the same gameplay in a better looking package. I think most people will be happy with this title and its simple and relaxed gameplay mechanics.
Tiny Troopers 2; Special Ops Achievements