It's hard to pigeon-hole 'Chickens 2', it's less an arcade game than a very interesting way to
relieve stress. The basic premise of the game is that hundreds of cute little chickens scamper
horizontally over your screen, and you - the player - using your mousepointer, must gun them
down without mercy. On occasion a blue crystal will fly out of a chicken, rewarding you with
some points and extra time. You fail in your task if either a chicken manages to cross your
screen or you run out of time, and that, as they say, is that.
The graphics themselves are simplistic and colorful, and fit the mood of the game perfectly,
from the cartoon-style backdrop to the flying giblets, the style is consistent and fun. The
sound effects leave a little to be desired, but the *thump* of the gun is satisfyling meaty.
However the game has a couple of major flaws, for one, it's all over too quickly. My average
game lasted two minutes before I was quickly overrun by hoardes of the little devils, leaving me
with a high score of 26000, I would have appreciated more time in which to take out my anger on
the poultry. The gameplay is also a tad shallow for my tastes, perhaps a few powerups and
variations would have improved the game.
Bear in mind that the rather sick, graphic nature of the game makes it somewhat unsuitable
for children. However, those looking for a quick, gore-filled blastfest to break the monotony,
you could do worse than the tiny download that is Chickens 2. - Chris Robson