It's not been a massive amount of time between the original Cuboy Quest and this sequel, but in that time Cuboy's gone and gotten himself another set of puzzles to conquer. Wild-west themed games aren't exactly rife in the browser game world - the same can't be said for the PC/Console sphere however with games like Red Dead Redemption and Call of Juarez being massive hits in the past few years - but if you let Cuboy and his quadrilateral appearance take hold of you for a little while you'll see that the Wild West isn't all saloon bars and tumbleweeds. In fact, you may see that cowboys can have quite the fun time, in spite of being cube-like in appearance and navigating through a tricky, puzzle-filled pixel world.
The particular brand of physics puzzle that Cuboy has always been partial to getting himself into is shaped like a sort of platform-shooter experience that's heavily pixelated (and whose music is chiptune through and through). The idea is that you take control of Cuboy the Cowboy (a delightful name when it's said out loud) by using the WASD keys to make him move across the platforms in any given level. Your goal is to get to the exit doorway in each stage, which is sometimes locked and sometimes wide open. The former almost always involves the unlocking of the doors by striking the targets in the level and the latter requires that you traverse the stage and its tricky platforms in a very specific way.
The aforementioned targets aren't going to hit themselves now are they, so what you've got at your disposal is a pistol that shoots little tiny pixels. The idea is to use your mouse to aim the gun and click the left mouse button to fire. Hitting the targets will result in the door to the exit flying open and therefore allows you to win the level.
The gun and bullets mechanic is actually more pivotal to the experience than you may initially think. If you wish to fly through the game as quickly as possible you can simply use as many bullets as you like (there's infinite ammo but also a counter that keeps track of the total number of bullets used); if you wish to play the game whilst also respecting the "puzzle" part of the genre's platform-puzzle denomination, then you should try to use as few bullets as you possibly can.
Sometimes shooting your gun in Cuboy Quest 2 is unavoidable, but how many bullets you use is almost always up to you. Some puzzles don't require bullets at all, some require one and the clever use of Cuboy's body, and some require more carefully-aimed shots in different contexts. If you wish to really get the most enjoyment out of it, you'll go for the conservative tactic and challenge yourself to get through the levels with as few bullets as possible.
The puzzles begin in a simple manner with very little thought required but they do become increasingly more difficult as you progress. I noticed that there really isn't much of a challenge going on here however - even the harder levels are relatively easy by the usual platform puzzle standards set by games such as Labscape - so Cuboy Quest 2 could definitely have done with a bit of tweaking in the difficulty department in the direction of "more difficult". The game is simply too easy to the extent that playing the hacked version isn't even necessary; the game can be beaten comfortably without extra help or even breaking a mental sweat.
The game's design is probably what will stand out most to many players. The pixelated artwork is very pleasant and of course nostalgic for gamers that grew up with Game Boys and earlier systems like the SNES and Sega Megadrive. Still, its artwork isn't the best in the business - that award goes to AArdman's Home Sheep Home series, but that's not surprising considering the design is from the wonderful Aardman Animations. Cuboy Quest 2 is still distinctive and is reminiscent somewhat of the Infectonator series .
You'll likely enjoy Cuboy Quest 2 thoroughly since its action is accessible yet mildly challenging. If you want to be serious challenged it may be better to look elsewhere in the physics game realm however, at games like Super Stacker 2 which really challenge the mind and get your brain going.
Bebop Rating: 7.5/10