During the summer of 2015, Neonchimp released Super Hyper Ball [Free], which aimed to take the best parts of brick-breaking and meld them together with the best parts of pinball in one glorious mashup. It partly succeeded, but as we noted in our review, the entire game felt more like brick breaker with just a few sparse pinball elements like bumpers spread throughout. They didn't go far enough with the melding! So Neonchimp looked to take another stab at it with a sequel, which we first caught sight of way back in March of last year. Now, just over 9 months later and Super Hyper Ball 2 finally has a release date of January 12th along with a brand new trailer.

As you can see, just the simple act of including flippers, which were completely absent in the first game, goes a long way towards making Super Hyper Ball 2 feel like the true pinball/breakout mashup we've been hoping for. It also features some pretty interesting table layouts and epic boss fights. On top of that there are multiple ball types with different behaviors, a suite of upgradable special abilities, and four different game modes. It looks like an improvement in every possible way over the already pretty great first game, so look for Super Hyper Ball 2 to launch on January 12th and if you're lucky you may be able to snag a pre-release promo code in the game's forum thread ahead of that time.