The Smurfs 2 is based on the family comedy film sequel and follows the blue-skinned Smurfs as they set out from Smurf Village to rescue Smurfette from the evil wizard Gargamel. The story is told through a series of charming comic book images complete with narrator, which makes it very easy for younger players to understand.
The game is set across six different locations, beginning in the Enchanted Forest and taking in New York City and Paris, as well as levels exclusive to the game such as the Arctic Tundra. The cute and colourful graphics make the game feel like you're watching a cartoon, while the bouncy music and catchphrases spoken by each Smurf will have younger players joining in.
It's worth playing through The Smurfs 2 several times in order to collect everything, complete each level's set of three mini-challenges and unlock all the other Smurfs. Carefully placed throughout the game are over 100 gold coins, many of them only accessible after you defeat a boss enemy or when you use a specific Smurf's special ability. Can you find each coin?
Each Smurf has their own special ability, which you use to defeat enemies, free creatures from Gargamel's spell and reach the game's many collectibles. To start with you can play as Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Grouchy or Vanity, with Brainy, Gutsy, Jokey, Hefty and Smurfette unlocked after beating different boss enemies:
- Papa Smurf throws potions that freeze creatures.
- Clumsy tumbles past danger.
- Grouchy stomps the ground hard and can break through blocks.
- Vanity freezes in place, allowing another Smurf to use him as a stepping stone.
- Brainy jumps higher than any other Smurf.
- Gutsy uses his superpunch to free creatures or smash obstacles.
- Jokey throws presents at enemies.
- Hefty tosses a barbell to release creatures.
- And, Smurfette can float in the air to get across dangerous gaps.
You also rescue over 20 non-playable Smurfs by finding gold coins, and you can see these characters back at Smurf Village between levels.
Everybody go smurfing
The Smurfs 2 is a side-scrolling platform game in which you run and jump through 36 levels of Smurfing fun. Each level is filled with enemies, moving platforms and perilous gaps, as well as collectable blue Smurfberries. Smurfberries keep your Smurf alive, and since being hit by an enemy loses you a certain amount of them, it's crucial you collect them all.
The 12 different enemy types are creatures such as birds and moles that have fallen under Gargamel's evil spell. To free them you must jump on them. In return they leave a blue potion that, once collected, triggers True Blue mode, which doubles the value of Smurfberries and plays a catchy Smurfs song.
Each level also has three challenges, such as collecting a certain amount of Smurfberries or playing with only one character (the ability to switch Smurfs mid-level is unlocked once you complete the game). In one level you complete a challenge by triggering True Blue mode and not triggering it, so you're encouraged to play through the game many times to complete them all.
Younger players will love the simple run-and-jump controls and collectible challenges, while families will enjoy teaming up for four-player offline co-op fun. It's time to take on the Naughties, Azrael and Gargamel!