shores-full-01After a seemingly long wait, Ngmoco's Rolando 2 has finally made it's way into the App Store today. The $9.99 game is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Rolando which was perhaps the first iPhone game to build up a massive following well before its release.

Rolando 2 improves upon the existing Rolando formula by adding a "2.5D" display system which provides a 3D-looking environment to travel across. Beyond just this aesthetic change, the game also introduces a number of new characters, skills, weapons/vehicles and puzzles throughout the game's 46 levels. The game shares the same basic controls as the original game with tilt movements to roll the Rolandos and swipe controls to jump.

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We spent a bit of time with a preview version of the game at WWDC, and were pretty pleased with the improvements that had been made. It also seemed clear that if you were a fan of the original Rolando, you're certain to enjoy this sequel. We'll sit down and spend some time with the final version to provide a full review soon.

Here's a video walkthrough of some of the new features from developer Simon Oliver:

Rolando 2 also integrates Ngmoco's Plus+ network which allows you to maintain buddy lists and issue push challenges with your friends.

App Store Link: Rolando 2, $9.99 (Requires firmware 3.0)

  • Rev

    Finally!

  • Rev

    Finally!

  • Gadm

    FINALLY, YEAH!

    PLUS+ add me: Gadm

  • Gadm

    FINALLY, YEAH!

    PLUS+ add me: Gadm

  • http://RazorianFly.com razorianfly

    Awesome. Can't wait to review this one. :)

    R-Fly

  • http://RazorianFly.com razorianfly

    Awesome. Can't wait to review this one. :)

    R-Fly

  • lars

    I will buy this title tomorrow i CANT wait! :D

  • lars

    I will buy this title tomorrow i CANT wait! :D

  • http://www.computerbase.com Sanuku

    Finally Rolando 2 is starting to conquering Europa too. Greets from Austria and glad that Ngmoco managed to get the Game Online.

    Plus+ Nick: Sanuku

  • http://www.computerbase.com Sanuku

    Finally Rolando 2 is starting to conquering Europa too. Greets from Austria and glad that Ngmoco managed to get the Game Online.

    Plus+ Nick: Sanuku

  • http://www.joshuathejames.com/ JtJ

    First Loco Roco now Little Big Planet.. The hell with integrity I suppose.

  • http://www.joshuathejames.com/ JtJ

    First Loco Roco now Little Big Planet.. The hell with integrity I suppose.

  • 1337brian

    Yay! Site change and new games! Woot! I like the interactive banner... Nice touch!

  • sekazi

    I will wait for a lite version but if I play my game of blind click I may get it before the demo.

  • 1337brian

    Yay! Site change and new games! Woot! I like the interactive banner... Nice touch!

  • sekazi

    I will wait for a lite version but if I play my game of blind click I may get it before the demo.

  • Bobster

    Now that's a lot of ads.

  • Bobster

    Now that's a lot of ads.

  • http://germany-today.co.uk Sam

    i found out on twitter first :P

    add: swillard8

  • http://germany-today.co.uk Sam

    i found out on twitter first :P

    add: swillard8

  • vectr

    Bought the first one... polished look and feel and nice music from Mr Scruff, but I played it a few times and didn't find it very fun. Pass.

  • vectr

    Bought the first one... polished look and feel and nice music from Mr Scruff, but I played it a few times and didn't find it very fun. Pass.

  • Jack

    Really? Now? Why?! I won't have wifi until tomorrow afternoon...

  • Jack

    Really? Now? Why?! I won't have wifi until tomorrow afternoon...

  • ksl2006

    Eww I hate it now, requires 3.0

  • ksl2006

    Eww I hate it now, requires 3.0

  • Eastern Bloc Party

    Woah. Site looks fugly!! That brown just isn't working.

  • Eastern Bloc Party

    Woah. Site looks fugly!! That brown just isn't working.

  • LBG

    I didn't know Mr. Scruff was that successful now. I saw him live at WOMAD music festival here in limeyland before he got big.

  • LBG

    I didn't know Mr. Scruff was that successful now. I saw him live at WOMAD music festival here in limeyland before he got big.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    @JtJ
    I was waiting for someone to drop a line like that.
    Little Big Planet, though? Really? That's pretty weak. This has about as much in common with Little Big Planet as it does Super Mario Bros. Since very little has changed, I wonder how you justify the first being like Loco Roco --so close as to endanger integrity-- and yet this one is like a different game... but it's not much different. So... which is it? So close a copy that there is no integrity or somewhere between two different game types?

    Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the game. For me, it's only okay. Some people really like it, and I like the concept and presentation and I respect that. The allegations of simply mimicry I don't respect so much.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    @JtJ
    I was waiting for someone to drop a line like that.
    Little Big Planet, though? Really? That's pretty weak. This has about as much in common with Little Big Planet as it does Super Mario Bros. Since very little has changed, I wonder how you justify the first being like Loco Roco --so close as to endanger integrity-- and yet this one is like a different game... but it's not much different. So... which is it? So close a copy that there is no integrity or somewhere between two different game types?

    Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the game. For me, it's only okay. Some people really like it, and I like the concept and presentation and I respect that. The allegations of simply mimicry I don't respect so much.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    ksl2006:
    I can't help but note how fitting your comment is with the 3-year-old date in your name. Sorry, forgive me. I hope you can laugh about it a bit, too. :D

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    ksl2006:
    I can't help but note how fitting your comment is with the 3-year-old date in your name. Sorry, forgive me. I hope you can laugh about it a bit, too. :D

  • Rundeer

    I only have an iTouch 1st gen. No 3.0. Now I'm really sad....

  • Rundeer

    I only have an iTouch 1st gen. No 3.0. Now I'm really sad....

  • Darwiniandude

    To those with iPod touches, you do know you can update to 3.0, don't you? You get tons of new stuff, it's $9.95 well spent IMO.

  • Darwiniandude

    To those with iPod touches, you do know you can update to 3.0, don't you? You get tons of new stuff, it's $9.95 well spent IMO.

  • ksl2006

    @Rundeer

    Same with me, no 3.0

    @Aaron Sullivan

    I'm laughing too, don't worry :D

  • ksl2006

    @Rundeer

    Same with me, no 3.0

    @Aaron Sullivan

    I'm laughing too, don't worry :D

  • DigitalAccent

    Yawn! Don't understand the hype and attraction of Rolando...

  • DigitalAccent

    Yawn! Don't understand the hype and attraction of Rolando...

  • Kita

    I want to buy this now but that wouldn't be a wise decision because i only played 2 levels of the first one so far then went on to buy other iphone games...

  • Kita

    I want to buy this now but that wouldn't be a wise decision because i only played 2 levels of the first one so far then went on to buy other iphone games...

  • Presnter

    I played the Lite original and I didn't really dig it that much. I got this one as maybe a casual 1-level-a-day thing. The graphics and sound is really nice.

  • Presnter

    I played the Lite original and I didn't really dig it that much. I got this one as maybe a casual 1-level-a-day thing. The graphics and sound is really nice.

  • MartiNZ

    Yay at last. My name here was already taken on plus+ *gasp*. Instead I got mvon007 - add me :).

  • MartiNZ

    Yay at last. My name here was already taken on plus+ *gasp*. Instead I got mvon007 - add me :).

  • http://www.joshuathejames.com/ JtJ

    @Aaron Sullivan

    Take out' the directly lifted elements that are specific to the other games an what do you have? Will it remotely be the same game? And it's not just these games it's almost the whole line up.

    It's disheartening that so many people are ok with this sort of thing.

  • http://www.joshuathejames.com/ JtJ

    @Aaron Sullivan

    Take out' the directly lifted elements that are specific to the other games an what do you have? Will it remotely be the same game? And it's not just these games it's almost the whole line up.

    It's disheartening that so many people are ok with this sort of thing.

  • Andreas

    LOl guys. The 1st gen ipod touch can have the 3.0 update too!! I have it

  • Andreas

    LOl guys. The 1st gen ipod touch can have the 3.0 update too!! I have it

  • Andreas

    And the support for 2.21 is coming soon too:D

  • Andreas

    And the support for 2.21 is coming soon too:D

  • Rev

    Andreas: how do ya know?

  • Rev

    Andreas: how do ya know?

  • Andreas
  • Andreas
  • Rev

    ok thanks mate, appreciate fast answer

  • Andreas

    And if you dident knew.... Rolando is live now

  • Rev

    ok thanks mate, appreciate fast answer

  • Andreas

    And if you dident knew.... Rolando is live now

  • Andreas

    For real

  • Andreas

    For real

  • Alichan76

    woah. This site is so...um.....BROWN!

  • Alichan76

    woah. This site is so...um.....BROWN!

  • ipod1098

    add me as a friend in rolando i am TopGamer
    this game is awesome

  • ipod1098

    add me as a friend in rolando i am TopGamer
    this game is awesome

  • Lark

    First generation iPod Touches can of course go 3.0. Unfortunately they're still going to be too slow to play more and more of the games that are going to come out this summer and beyond. There's also going to be third generation touch released either at back to school or holiday time (probably back to school)

    So I'm not updating (rather put the $10 towards a new device) and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else with a 1st generation touch who wants the new one in a few months. Besides the 3.0 features are much more useful for phones than iPod Touches (at least the ones that are used as entertainment devices, if you use it primarily as a PDA that's another matter.)

    Then again if you really want to play Rolando 2 (which isn't exactly 99 cents itself) and if you can afford it, or if you are just going to stick with the 1st generation one for a long time to come, 3.0 is probably worth it.

  • Lark

    First generation iPod Touches can of course go 3.0. Unfortunately they're still going to be too slow to play more and more of the games that are going to come out this summer and beyond. There's also going to be third generation touch released either at back to school or holiday time (probably back to school)

    So I'm not updating (rather put the $10 towards a new device) and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else with a 1st generation touch who wants the new one in a few months. Besides the 3.0 features are much more useful for phones than iPod Touches (at least the ones that are used as entertainment devices, if you use it primarily as a PDA that's another matter.)

    Then again if you really want to play Rolando 2 (which isn't exactly 99 cents itself) and if you can afford it, or if you are just going to stick with the 1st generation one for a long time to come, 3.0 is probably worth it.

  • hatdude

    Sadly $10 is too much for an iPhone game. I will wait until it is less than $5.

  • hatdude

    Sadly $10 is too much for an iPhone game. I will wait until it is less than $5.

  • Jake Albasha

    I agree with ksl2006 now that it 3.0 it pointless I have a jailbroken touch and I still can't get it because my friend hasn't rejailbrokn it to 3.0 it not fair especially since people hav been waiting so long....

  • Jake Albasha

    I agree with ksl2006 now that it 3.0 it pointless I have a jailbroken touch and I still can't get it because my friend hasn't rejailbrokn it to 3.0 it not fair especially since people hav been waiting so long....

  • menom

    Here Here! I'm with you Jake.

    i have a jailbroken touch that was re-jailbroken to 3.0 but was then un-re-jailbroken back to 2.2.1 before being retrograded to 1.6.8 and then unbundled as a 2.9.6 George Foreman Grill

    why can't developers take into account the number of muppets in ther world who do stupid sh*t like this

    it's not rocket science

    er ... oh yeah ... it kinda is

    sorry

  • menom

    Here Here! I'm with you Jake.

    i have a jailbroken touch that was re-jailbroken to 3.0 but was then un-re-jailbroken back to 2.2.1 before being retrograded to 1.6.8 and then unbundled as a 2.9.6 George Foreman Grill

    why can't developers take into account the number of muppets in ther world who do stupid sh*t like this

    it's not rocket science

    er ... oh yeah ... it kinda is

    sorry

  • McCurry

    They should make Ronaldo 1 0.99 to promote the second game!!

    so I can buy it

  • McCurry

    They should make Ronaldo 1 0.99 to promote the second game!!

    so I can buy it

  • Flopsy

    Hey, I heard Rolando 2 is out. Think I saw an ad on some site...

  • Flopsy

    Hey, I heard Rolando 2 is out. Think I saw an ad on some site...

  • viksama

    its way better than the first

    +Plus account: viksama

  • viksama

    its way better than the first

    +Plus account: viksama

  • Jordan

    this game is fantastic. ngmoco is the best iphone developer out there right now. Great work!

    plus+ account: TonsilBaton

  • Jordan

    this game is fantastic. ngmoco is the best iphone developer out there right now. Great work!

    plus+ account: TonsilBaton