Read the review here.
“Sequels are a tricky area to critique.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
The original Rescue Rangers is a classic, still enjoyable in modern times, and serves as a picture-perfect example of a license game that is actually developed well and is fun. Its sequel is not as bad as some people make it out to be, but does lack the charm, innovation, level design, and other subtleties of the original. Still good, though.
WATCH THE ANNOTATED GAMEPLAY HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO HERE. Took almost two hours to make a friggin’ 7-minute video. But it was my first, so I’ll get better at this stuff. Speaking of firsts that I plan on incorporating into other reviews in the future:
Gameplay Tips: Trust no one. Seriously, this is not a difficult game, but you will need a shred of paranoia if you wish to dash through it. The first two levels are designed to trick people who have played the original — there are enemies that bat the crates back at you when you throw them, enemies hiding in boxes with only a slight visual difference from the normal ones, etc. It is probably better to just run by and ignore everyone. Otherwise, it’s all gravy.