TouchArcade Game of the Week: Maximus 2 – TouchArcade

I’m a bit of a Four Fat fanatic. If this sentence doesn’t make sense to you, let me explain. Four Fats is the name of a developer also called Mooff Games and they make games that I love. Their games are often artful homages to classic video games from the 80s and 90s, with an emphasis on arcade genres such as beat ’em ups, fighting games, and scrolling shooters. They also started making super adorable teddy bear-themed puzzle games, but that’s a story for another time. Basically they make arcade action games with a lot of video game references and I love that.

Back in 2013, as Mooff Games, they released Maximushomage in general golden ax but also many other side-scrolling beat ’em up games. It was a lot of fun and one of my favorite action games on mobile. Now, nearly a decade later, its sequel Maximus 2 is now available. What does he offer? Well, it’s a beat ’em up with non-stop homage to many of the genre’s most beloved pieces. I mean, that’s what these guys do, you know? There would be no other way for me.

Definitely a big improvement over the first one. Maximus. Over the years, Four Fats have dabbled in full polygonal 3D games, as opposed to their cartoony 2D hand-drawn style for which they are known. Currently, it seems like they’ve sort of settled somewhere in between, where most of their characters are still hand-drawn, but the environments and sometimes other elements of the game will be in a 3D engine, and that’s a really cool effect. Basically this means that Maximus 2 is a really edgy looking game with lots of amazingly cool visuals, while still retaining the Four Fats brand identity.

In terms of gameplay, well, it’s a beat ’em up through and through. You have multiple character types, each with unique abilities, and one long, continuous campaign that can be played solo or with up to 4 players both locally with multiple MFi controllers and online. There are some very light RPG elements in terms of upgrades and gear, and there are a whole bunch of new moves that you will learn for your character as you play. At its core, it’s still a fairly pure arcade beat ’em up, but it has a bit more meat on its bones than a typical push-button machine.

Like I said, I’m a Four Fat fanatic. Their games are very similar to my own tastes. If, like me, you’ve been enjoying Mooff or Four Fats games for the past ten years, then you probably don’t need to advertise. Maximus 2. If you are new to these guys or have some doubts, Maximus 2 you can download and go completely free. As a free player, you will be dealing with ads and quite a lot of in-game currency if you want to unlock all the characters and skins.

If you like that free flavor and want more, you can drop $5 on a premium IAP upgrade that gives you all characters and skins in advance, adds improved cloud saving, removes forced ads, gives you extra continues, and gives you the ability to conduct private online games. Basically, it becomes a premium game with this IAP. Alternatively, you can continue to play for free and purchase in-app coin packs or sequels, and any of these purchases will disable ads as well. Lots of options on how you decide to pay for it, but the bottom line is that Maximus 2 is extremely awesome and free to check out, so there’s no reason not to take a look at it.

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