Windjammers 2 is a competitive arcade frisbee game developed and published by Dotemu. It’s been 25 years since the original debuted on the Neo Geo, and the sequel aims to provide a new yet familiar experience. Fans can expect the same fast-paced, strategy-based gameplay with new mechanics, characters, and power moves. Whether you’re a beginner learning the ropes or a master finessing your slapshot, the title aims to provide a chaotic arcade experience that’s easy to grasp but difficult to master.
Windjammers 2 doesn’t offer a story mode like traditional retro sports games. Instead, it provides three modes to choose from – Arcade, Versus, and Online. Arcade allows players to choose their difficulty and dominate their competition tournament-style. Versus is for those who prefer local couch battles. If you’re feeling competitive, you can challenge the world in Online mode. I’ve spent most of my time testing the limits in Arcade and having a blast. Unfortunately, the “How to Play” section doesn’t provide quite enough. It functions more like an instruction manual rather than a training ground. The title also lacks an explanation of sets, points, and different scoring zones, which isn’t ideal for newcomers.
On the other hand, the gameplay is fluid, polished, and extremely fun. Similar to in air hockey, it almost always feels like you’re playing defense, creating an intense sense of urgency. You’re constantly on the move, adjusting strategy and attempting to throw off your opponent. I love the cat-and-mouse flow and how, if you’re just able to keep up with the action, there’s always a chance for a comeback. The athletes vary in terms of looks and attributes, but in terms of basic functions, there’s little to no difference.
The ‘90s aesthetic remains in the presentation of Windjammers 2, making the sequel feel highly nostalgic. And let me tell you, the soundtrack is fantastic, giving retro vibes while providing modern sound quality.
However, the game is lacking in variety, which may make it difficult to justify purchasing. For example, two out of the three modes are limited to PvP. Sure, going against AI can be challenging, but it’s also repetitive, negatively impacting the level of replayability. I’m shocked there wasn’t a local 2v2 variation, with bigger stages and elements to satisfy players who crave a co-op experience.
I also wish there were proper unlockables. There is absolutely no extra content to unlock, which drastically impacts the over replayability of the game. Perhaps a new game mode, characters or attires would have given players something to work towards.
Ultimately, Windjammers 2 is a competitive arcade game that offers extremely engaging gameplay that can result in hours of fun. If you’re a fan of the original and love PvP action, chances are this game is right up your alley. However, the gameplay can feel monotonous with limited game modes and no extra content to unlock.
Windjammers 2 is available January 20 for $19.99 on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and PC via Steam.
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