Burrito Bison Revenge

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 14 September 2012
Category: Reviews
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Burrito Bison is back and now he wants revenge! (Well, technically, he wants his wallet but there's revenge involved in the process.) So, expect to find yourself back in Candyland launching a bison, squishing gummy bears, and raking in more cash than you'll ever know what to do with.

Burrito Bison RevengeLast year we reviewed Burrito Bison, in which a rather imposing wrestler is kidnapped at the supermarket and sent to Candyland to wrestle in a large arena for the amusement and entertainment of thousands of gummy bears. Your task was to help him escape, the method being a clever variation of the launcher game genre - Burrito Bison had to launch himself out of the wrestling ring and then gain enough momentum to break through doors that were keeping him locked in Candyland.

And escape he did (unless you were really bad at the game), with (for most players) a barrel's worth of left-over money earned over the many launch attempts (I have no explanation for where he stashes the cash), but upon his return to the supermarket he discovers, while trying to pay for his purchases, that his wallet is missing. So, enraged, he returns to Candyland to retrieve it. (I also have no explanation for why he's determined to do this unless the wallet contains special photographs... or something.)

This is where Burrito Bison Revenge continues the story except, this time, instead of being a prisoner, Burrito Bison is pretty much the master of Candyland. Once again the start of each game requires you to launch Burrito Bison out of the wrestling ring (in what is now amusingly referred to as "the ravaged arena"), with the aim of gaining enough momentum that you'll break through a succession of doors and eventually find his well-guarded wallet. The graphics are similar but Candyland is now quite devastated due to Burrito Bison's original escape attempts, which is most noticeable in the damage you'll see that the arena has sustained and the sounds of the panicked, screaming crowds that play in the background. Don't let that dissuade you, however - they had it coming! (However, if it does, you can switch off the music and the screams will go away.)

Burrito Bison Revenge

Bouncing on gummy bears, rather than the ground, helps to maintain your momentum (in other words: aim for them!) and a selection of pickups and upgrades will give you speed boosts to help you to get further. Obstacles designed to slow you down, such as the gummy cop, have been tweaked. In the first game he could catch Burrito Bison if he was moving too slowly and then would arrest him and throw him back in the arena. This time, however, upon the arrest attempt Burrito Bison will incapacitate the cop and then blithely return to the ring on his own accord in order to attempt a better launch to get to his wallet. (He really wants his wallet.)

The gameplay is exactly the same as the first game and many of the mechanics are too, though they have been disguised. So, instead of, say, the first game's pogo stick, which Burrito Bison could use to bounce higher for a limited time, this one features a "Chubby Gummy" (a large gummy bear who is, erm, bouncy) that Burrito Bison can grab and bounce on to gain height. Both pickups use the same mouse controls and the effect is the same but they feel different simply because the visuals are different.

Burrito Bison earns money during each launch attempt via pickups and for completing certain achievements and this money can be used at the end of the launch to buy items and upgrades in the shop, all of which will either make his future attempts easier or will just add to the chaos and fun. The items and upgrades once again fall into two categories: those that will make his initial launch attempt better and those that will help him to blast through Candyland with greater ease. This time, however, there's a much bigger selection. The balancing of the upgrades is perfect - most are affordable enough to be attainable within a few launch attempts, with a few requiring a little bit of saving that's not exhausting and boring.

Burrito Bison Revenge

The game is even better designed than the original, with a bigger gameplay area and improved graphics, and you can see that the developers have really considered the player's experience in little ways. For example, an icon tells you when you have enough money to purchase something in the shop and it shows you which items you can afford so you don't have to go hunting through all the options to find out what's become available. As in the first game, audio cues tell you what's happening in the gameplay area as you can't always see everything due to the pace of the game and this makes it much easier to know what's going on.

As mentioned, achievements have been added that help to keep you motivated in between the specific breakthrough levels that you will reach that always require some time, patience, upgrading, and a little bit of luck. However, should you get stuck on any specific achievement you do have the option to skip it (for a fee), though that's hardly in the spirit of the game.

Once you recover the wallet Survival mode is unlocked. This mode is endless and its purpose is to allow you to play freely in the game to see just how far you can go. You can also complete all the remaining achievements at your own pace and buy all the upgrades that you don't yet have. Survival mode has new background graphics and extra achievements that you can't complete in the normal game. At any time, however, you can switch back to the original game in the main menu if you want to play through it some more.

Burrito Bison Revenge is an incredibly impressive feat: the game is pretty much the same thing all over again yet it's more entertaining and addictive than the first one.


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brainwavez.org Opinion
Rating: 9/10
Time-Wasting Value: 30 seconds to a few minutes per game
Learning Curve: Easy
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Replayability: 9/10



Key Facts: Burrito Bison Revenge
Price: Free
Published: 26 January 2012
Genre: Action
Keywords: action, casual, flinging, launcher
Resolution: 720x480
Requirements: Internet connection, Adobe Flash Player, web browser, mouse
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Developer: Juicy Beast



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