Mixing together elements of a shooter, 3D platformer, and perhaps to some degree a puzzler, Bouncy Bullets 2 is a bit of an oddity. You’ll move around its very colorful and modestly-rendered 3D stages while on the clock, pushing you to keep on the move and at least a little aggressive in taking on foes when you encounter them, though typically a little sidestepping and shooting is all you’ll need to do to take out foes. The thing is, most of the time the shooting feels a bit like an add-on, and not really the main event, as your real goal is navigating the level in order to reach the exit portal in time, perhaps finding the hidden nut along the way. What ends up being a bit aggravating is that the “puzzles” in the stages are usually far more about rote trial and error than using your smarts, so more often than not you’re just spending time poking around to figure out where to go and what to do. The result feels like a mix of elements where none of them feels particularly rewarding and more like you’re going through the motions.
Justin Nation, Score: