Rayland 2 (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

In this sequel to last year’s puzzler, you’ll do more of the same reflecting lasers with mirror blocks so they hit certain targets.  The sequel just gets tougher quicker and adds new elements like colored lasers and such.  Rayland 2 is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

Puzzles are viewed in an isometric perspective.  You’ll use the control stick to move around a cursor, and press a button to drag and drop mirrors and another button to rotate them.  It seems mouse or touch screen controls would be better here, but this works well enough.  Sometimes you’ll have to feed the laser through obstacles like blocks with holes and whatnot, and other times you may have to hit two crystals with lasers, or get certain color lasers to respective targets.  Once you do hit all the crystals, you can move onto the next level.  There are 50 levels in all but they get a lot harder in this sequel early on.

One problem I had with the game is that it’s hard to tell where your mirror blocks are pointing.  Luckily you can zoom in and rotate the levels, but a slight change in the graphics might’ve been better, too.  The game gets pretty hard, so a hint option would’ve been nice.  But if you enjoyed the puzzles in the first and want more of the same but with a higher challenge, then you may want to check out this one.

Kid Factor:

Nothing violent or objectionable here.  Reading skill is helpful for the instructions and menus, but not necessary just to play.  Younger gamers may need help with the tougher puzzles, though.  Rayland 2 is rated E for Everyone.

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