Glyder 2 In Review – Peerless Flight of Fancy

Glyder 2, the highly anticipated sequel to GluMobile hit, Glyder, has finally landed! The big question on everyone’s minds is: does Glyder2 deliver a bigger and even better flying experience on the iPhone and iPod Touch? Various App Store reviews have pointed out that Glyder2 does not bring anything new or different from Glyder, – nevertheless, it can’t be denied that Glyder2 offers the same exhilirating flying experience just like its predecessor.

As a newcomer to the world of Eryn, my review will be geared towards gamers such as myself who have not experienced Glyder yet, and might take a plunge on Glyder2 based on feedback and various reviews. As such, I will be focusing on my flying lessons since I picked up Glyder2, and if the game works for a newbie like myself.

Glyder2 is a flying game for the iPhone, and the best one yet. The game is set in the fantasy world of Eryn, who must find her way home and travel to 6 unique worlds all propelled by her trusty pair of wings.

There is barely a tutorial to get you started, but there are plenty of warning signs that pop up as you go along. I had to mine the App Store reviews for information and tips on how to play the game. Item collection and earning achievements give the game a sense of purpose, while customizables lend depth and variety to the gameplay.

Personally, the lack of adequate instructions made my initial attempts to get to know the game difficult and occasionally frustrating. For example, there are pop up warnings when altitude and speed are too low, or when you’re in danger of landing in the wrong location – but there is no guidance as to what the glowing red embers can actually do, or where it’s safe to land, for example. I can only guess at the intentions of the developers in skimping on a more comprehensive walkthrough of the game – perhaps the purpose is to simplify the experience and to just take it as it comes, or that it assumes that most players of Glyder2 already own or have played the original Glyder.

In any case, the devs should consider making Glyder2 more helpful to newbies to the game. Fortunately the game proceeds at a leisurely pace and anchors itself on the player’s time and inclination – whether it’s to play in short bursts or play it for hours on end. Furthermore, unsuccessful attempts at flying will not erase your progress at a particular stage and you get to pick up where you left off.

From my experience thus far, flying is not as easy as it looks, but mastery of it is truly satisfying. It took me many, many tries before I managed to truly enjoy and navigate the terrain. One critical aspect that the tutorial left out was how to calibrate the controls. I struggled with the tilt controls until I found out how to reset calibration, which made a huge difference. The fluid and seamless tilt controls, however, generally make flying a natural, soaring experience.

The 3D graphics and animation seamlessly create beautiful fantasy worlds, although Arctasia, Eryn’s departure point at the beginning of the game is not as richly colorful and detailed as the other regions to be unlocked. The in-game audio and sound effects effectively set the mood and pace of the game. The sound of rustling wings and soothing music in the background allows the player to savor each dive, each graceful turn, and each successful ascent into the thermal regions.

All in all, if you are a fan of the first Glyder, this sequel is a must have. And even if you’re new to the series, Glyder 2 will offer a great flying experience – one with gorgeous visuals and customizations that will have you coming back for more.

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App Summary
Title: Glyder 2Developer: Glu
Reviewed Ver:1.1.0Min OS Req:2.2
Price:$2.99App Size:34.5 MB
  • Beautiful graphics and animation that create rich fantasy worlds
  • Seamless tilt controls
  • Nicely paced and incredibly relaxing
  • Inadequate walkthrough of basic aspects of the game – e.g. calibration controls, landing, etc.

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