Bosses Forever 2.Bro, by developer Too Dx, wants to destroy you. The game, a sequel to Bosses Forever (if the name didn’t give it away), pits you and a friend against an endless tower of bosses, each one learning as you play, making them better killers of, well, you.
There is a single player mode that lets you go through it solo, but if you ever want to stand a chance against the onslaught of murderous robots hell-bent on your destruction, then it’s best to bring a friend along. That’s not to say that with a friend you won’t die. You will. There’s no doubt about it because there is no end to the game, but a friend betters your odds of lasting longer.
Visually the pixel art suits the games whimsy well, lending itself to the 80’s retro feel it emulates. Each time a boss is defeated, it explodes into hundreds of pixelated flame balls that expand across the room in slow motion, making every takedown satisfying. I’d be a mistake to not mention the hair. The characters hair is probably the most defining aspect of the game. The pixelated masses that sway and bob with every movement makes the game stand out from its action shooter brethren.
The soundtrack, by nickelPUNK, is a throbbing synth rock beat that keeps the pulse of the game going, making it feel like an endless party of robot destruction, which is a great because you will hear it a lot.
At the end of each level you are presented with a hard decision: either level up your health, your power, or heal yourself from the damage taken in the last round. Damage is carried over through rounds, and that extra bit of health can be what helps you make it through the next stage easier. Or you can add 25 percent more to your overall health meaning, if your health is full, you can take more hits. Last but not least you can upgrade your weapon to inflict more damage and, believe me, this can make all the difference in the later stages. This dynamic makes you consider what strategy you’ll use and hopefully lead to you surviving a bit longer.
The controls are tight and responsive which, in a game like this, is a necessity. Once I learned how to play, I had no trouble making quick work of the earlier bosses, and, as time went on with later bosses, dodging and jumping through and around dangerous explosives or light beams felt satisfying. Bosses Forever 2 can be played using the keyboard, and it plays well enough, albeit a bit perplexing as to why the button placement is where it is, but to get the true experience, I highly recommend using a controller. The timing and precision needed as it gets harder is better relegated to controllers rather than the keyboard.
Bosses Forever 2.Bro is a great time waster game. It’s hard to put down. Every time I die, I get the urge to go back in and try to best my last score. It’s fun to pick up and play for short bursts and doesn’t require any commitment, and sometimes that’s just what you needs.