Last King of Africa 2 in Review – In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the panther sleeps tonight…

In the jungle, a lone young woman is driving for her life in a truck with a panther in the back. If you think this is the start of the latest Animal Planet documentary, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is part two of the adaptation of the classic Benoit Sokal adventure – Paradise aka Last King of Africa (TMA Review). On to Maurania once again!

Last King of Africa 2 is the second part of the first-person adventure/hidden object Last King of Africa. The story picks up after Ann escapes from the palace with the panther, only to find herself in a car accident. Coming to her senses in the middle of the jungle she has to once again find the panther and continue on her journey to find her long lost father.

The structure of the gameplay is in line with the classic genre traditions, and this time even more so. Almost all item-based puzzles have been stripped out of the game, replaced instead by minigame ones. The latter don’t pose any real problems, but there aren’t too many of them either. The hidden object bonus minigame is here as well, encouraging you to find the 3 emeralds on each screen hidden in the scenery. Keep your eyes open though, as some screens you get to see only once and if you tap on the wrong hotspot, you’ll lose the chance to get emeralds.

Last year I described Last King of Africa as “short series of dialogues and cutscenes mixed with long periods of finding items and places for employing them”. Unfortunately this time it’s the other way around, with dialogues and cutscenes prevailing above all else. In fact Last king of Arica 2 feels more like an interactive book rather than a full-fledged adventure. Not sure if this is the reason why it feels shorter than the original release.

The strong side of Last King of Africa – the superb graphics – have obviously found their way in to part 2 as well with, unfortunately, the same flaws. There is still no zoom feature, thus making your job of hunting for emeralds all the harder. Disappointingly the Retina display is also not supported, leaving you wishing for the HD crispness we’ve gotten used to during the last year. And the menu bar on the left side of the screen is also ever present, taking up valuable real estate on the not so big iPhone screen.

I was a bit disappointed with Last King of Africa 2. Having played through the original about a year ago, I felt the transition to the iOS platform went reasonably well despite losing its 3rd person view and most of the puzzles, thanks to the excellent visuals and storyline. Part 2 however went even farther in watering down the adventure part of this classic game and all but turned it into an interactive book rather than a full-scale quest. In short, if you can’t contain your desire to find out what happens next to Ann, your path definitely leads to Last King of Africa 2. Otherwise, I would advise you to take your adventures elsewhere.

With this I declare Last King of Africa 2 officially touched!

Tap Rating - 3/5

App Summary
Title: Last King of Africa 2Developer: Bulkypix
Reviewed Ver:1.1Min OS Req:3.0
Price:$2.99App Size:206.26MB
  • Embedded hidden object subgame
  • Nice minigame puzzles
  • Excellent graphics and story
  • A bit on the short side
  • Insufficient puzzles
  • almost no inventory based puzzles
  • Easy to skip some screens leaving no way to collect all emeralds
  • No Retina support

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