picture-1After a few sleepless nights of following our forums and ngmoco's Twitter, we're finally able to embark on the quest for the Golden Orchid in Rolando 2 [App Store]. Better late than never, Rolando 2 is already off to a great start with overwhelmingly positive reactions from our community.

Rolando 2 comes with 2.5D cell shaded graphics which look wonderful, as well as such a great soundtrack that I hope ngmoco follows Secret Exit's lead with their release of their Zen Bound [App Store] soundtrack as a free download to people who purchased the game.

TouchArcade reader reactions have been swift and also generally very positive.

img_0094Not surprisingly, forum member dannys95 highly recommends Rolando 2 to any fans of the first game, and anyone who enjoys Rolando Lite [App Store].  Something worth mentioning is that while Rolando 2 isn't currently available in a lite version, the lite version of the original will give you a taste of the controls and an idea of the sequel's gameplay.

Redking31591 agrees with me on the high quality of the soundtrack, and describes Rolando 2 as "well worth the long wait," and "a premier iPhone experience." Cjb43 follows up with the overwhelming praise that "every facet of the game is crafted to perfection, and it all adds up to a very fun game."

While Fu3lRac3r loves the new 2.5D graphics, he wishes there was a deeper introduction to the plot of the game and also feels the ability to tweak the sensitivity of the tilt controls is something important that Rolando 2 is lacking. A couple of other minor complaints have included some camera zoom issues and small Rolandos getting stuck under the water, though not enough to mar from the overall experience.

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While one user, playing on an iPhone 3G experienced some random slowdowns, across the board, performance reports have been solid for everyone else playing on iPhones and iPod touches. Also, as you would expect, Rolando 2 on the 3GS is silky smooth and feels closer to watching a cartoon than playing a video game.

caves-full-01But perhaps the best testimonial for the Rolando 2 experience comes from Sizzlakalonji, who wasn't very hot on the first Rolando, but figured he'd take the plunge on the sequel. The thread continued on for a few pages, and he returned to tell us how much he's enjoying the game.

There's no doubt that this game is well worth the 10 bucks, the level of quality in every aspect is very high. I just felt that in the first game, some of the "wow" factor wasn't there. I'm feeling it here for some of the reasons mentioned by others. I like the characterization of the Rolandos, along with the corresponding vocalizations. I like the variety of Rolandos with their differing abilities, and like everybody else it seems, I like the soundtrack. These thoughts are coming from someone who absolutely was not caught up in the hype, didn't read all of the pre-release threads, and was just giving this a go to see if I was too hasty on the first. I'm not sure if after I finish this game I'll go back and get the first...possibly, but I'm certainly enjoying this iteration of the game and can easily recommend it even to those who weren't wowed by the first.

My personal favorite aspect of the game is the fact that each level has different goals associated with it, which are awarded by keeping all the Rolandos alive, collecting all the crystals, and beating the time limit. Idols are also hidden throughout the game, which can be used to skip levels. Also included is a massive list of achievements, all of which get send up to your Plus+ profile if you register an account. All of these things should add substantial replay value to Rolando 2.

All in all, Rolando 2 is an evolution of the original Rolando formula. So, if you liked the first, you'll like the second. The graphics and sound are great, and so far the bulk of the complaints we've seen are the usual ones about the premium price and the fact that currently Rolando 2 currently requires the 3.0 firmware.

If you're an iPod touch user and haven't upgraded yet, or if you've stuck with 2.2.1 because of jailbreak, you will have to hold off until ngmoco releases an update that's coming soon to enable 2.2.1 support. Otherwise, we're looking at what seems will be another classic title for the iPhone.

App Store Link: Rolando 2, $9.99

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  • redking31591

    I really hope they release the soundtrack in some form like secret exit. It is amazing! One of the best parts of the game. It's had not to play the game with it

  • redking31591

    I really hope they release the soundtrack in some form like secret exit. It is amazing! One of the best parts of the game. It's had not to play the game with it

  • http://www.4ormal.com formal

    You can buy the music from within the game at the sound shack. I'm sure somebody will clarify better as I've not played the game. You double click the "speaker" to take you to the itunes to store to purchase.

  • http://www.4ormal.com formal

    You can buy the music from within the game at the sound shack. I'm sure somebody will clarify better as I've not played the game. You double click the "speaker" to take you to the itunes to store to purchase.

  • Alza

    I loved the first Rolando. It was one of my favourite iPhone games. But, this sequel is simply a class above.
    The graphics are stunning, the level designs even better than the original - making you actually want to ignore the time targets just to explore.
    I have an iPhone 3G, and somehow despite the vast graphical overhaul since the first one, Rolando 2 runs even more smoothly.
    The music is incredible, and complements the action perfectly, and there is a ton more variety in the gameplay.
    As sizzlakolonji said, it has a massive 'wow' factor - I think Eli mentioned super Mario world in the thread, and that's exactly what this has reminded me of.
    The first time I played that game, I just couldn't believe how it all came together, and this is the same.
    Just amazing

  • Alza

    I loved the first Rolando. It was one of my favourite iPhone games. But, this sequel is simply a class above.
    The graphics are stunning, the level designs even better than the original - making you actually want to ignore the time targets just to explore.
    I have an iPhone 3G, and somehow despite the vast graphical overhaul since the first one, Rolando 2 runs even more smoothly.
    The music is incredible, and complements the action perfectly, and there is a ton more variety in the gameplay.
    As sizzlakolonji said, it has a massive 'wow' factor - I think Eli mentioned super Mario world in the thread, and that's exactly what this has reminded me of.
    The first time I played that game, I just couldn't believe how it all came together, and this is the same.
    Just amazing

  • Sticktron

    I don't think anyone should be stuck on 2.2.1 due to jailbreaking... There are 3.0 Jailbreaks for all devices (except the 3GS, but that comes with 3.0)

  • Sticktron

    I don't think anyone should be stuck on 2.2.1 due to jailbreaking... There are 3.0 Jailbreaks for all devices (except the 3GS, but that comes with 3.0)

  • will

    damm i finished it already! when will we see some secret levels?

  • will

    damm i finished it already! when will we see some secret levels?

  • Michael

    @will
    Are you serious? How long did it take?

  • Michael

    @will
    Are you serious? How long did it take?

  • nizy

    In the menus there's an option to play the music - the sound shack. Basically its a special level, with Mr Scruff as a Rolando, who can be rolled around. There are various speakers throughout, tapping once plays the song, taping again opens it in iTunes.

    Also, you didn't mention the Plus+ leaderboards and friend challenges, which will add to the competition factor and add reason to complete all the goals.

  • nizy

    In the menus there's an option to play the music - the sound shack. Basically its a special level, with Mr Scruff as a Rolando, who can be rolled around. There are various speakers throughout, tapping once plays the song, taping again opens it in iTunes.

    Also, you didn't mention the Plus+ leaderboards and friend challenges, which will add to the competition factor and add reason to complete all the goals.

  • inferi22

    wow i was going use the money i saved for the UPDATE on THIS. well it looks like i cant do that now considering im on vacation and i was going to buy it for the plain ride home. so ngmoco better get an update out before i get back to my pc and spend that money on less important thing slike an almost mandatory update

  • inferi22

    wow i was going use the money i saved for the UPDATE on THIS. well it looks like i cant do that now considering im on vacation and i was going to buy it for the plain ride home. so ngmoco better get an update out before i get back to my pc and spend that money on less important thing slike an almost mandatory update

  • acidbottle

    hmmm, lots of hype, it certianly looks slick. i deleted the lite version of R1 after 10 mins. i dont think this kind of game is for everyone really.

  • acidbottle

    hmmm, lots of hype, it certianly looks slick. i deleted the lite version of R1 after 10 mins. i dont think this kind of game is for everyone really.

  • die81

    @ acidbottle

    QUOTO!

  • die81

    @ acidbottle

    QUOTO!

  • rich_952000

    NGMOCO=) ,

    First, thanks for keeping Rolando in the App Store. After reading why it was going to be removed, for statistical and non-competitive data, I understand moreso why the intent, nonetheless a better decision in leaving it.

    On to Rolando 2. Excel-fricking-lent! Wonderful graphics, nice new elements along with the staples of the series and the soundtrack, as others have iterated, is top-notch; classy and polished. Kudos, NGMOCO, staff and production are aces in my books.

    One last thing, I really like the Plus+ integration, hope to see it added to Rolando as well.

  • rich_952000

    NGMOCO=) ,

    First, thanks for keeping Rolando in the App Store. After reading why it was going to be removed, for statistical and non-competitive data, I understand moreso why the intent, nonetheless a better decision in leaving it.

    On to Rolando 2. Excel-fricking-lent! Wonderful graphics, nice new elements along with the staples of the series and the soundtrack, as others have iterated, is top-notch; classy and polished. Kudos, NGMOCO, staff and production are aces in my books.

    One last thing, I really like the Plus+ integration, hope to see it added to Rolando as well.

  • Ethan

    darn! i need 3.0 os. Mines already jailbroken at 2.2.1

  • Ethan

    darn! i need 3.0 os. Mines already jailbroken at 2.2.1

  • dfed34

    This game sucks just like the first one, another "classic title" what a load of bull

  • dfed34

    This game sucks just like the first one, another "classic title" what a load of bull

  • rich_952000

    Probably just pissed you can't afford to actually download and play, huh?

  • rich_952000

    Probably just pissed you can't afford to actually download and play, huh?

  • zztfox

    Glad to see they will be supporting 2.2.1 as I would hate to have to pay $20 just to get this game!

    Thank you ngmoco:)

  • zztfox

    Glad to see they will be supporting 2.2.1 as I would hate to have to pay $20 just to get this game!

    Thank you ngmoco:)

  • Bobster

    Cool game, but short :/ Hoping for more levels!

  • Bobster

    Cool game, but short :/ Hoping for more levels!

  • will

    @Michael
    ummmmm, not that long, i was hoping for more levels to be honest. It was over quite quickly. I was playing it on and off over a few hours

  • will

    @Michael
    ummmmm, not that long, i was hoping for more levels to be honest. It was over quite quickly. I was playing it on and off over a few hours

  • nizy

    @ Michael, I'm assuming you didn't get every achievement and highscore, or beat everyones challenges on Plus+, so that'll last you a good while longer.

  • nizy

    oops, meant @ will

  • nizy

    @ Michael, I'm assuming you didn't get every achievement and highscore, or beat everyones challenges on Plus+, so that'll last you a good while longer.

  • nizy

    oops, meant @ will