The art of making paper planes is something we tend to master during our school years, only to forget as we pass into adulthood. It’s a shame because the feeling of smugness granted by creating a truly brilliant plane and watching it soar like an eagle is immense. Mercifully, it’s possible to replicate this emotion to a certain extent with Wavecade’s 3D title My Paper Plane 2.
Set across several different environments, My Paper Plane 2 is all about control. Using your phone’s accelerometer, you need to keep your fragile papyrus craft out of harm’s way whilst simultaneously attempting to push up your combo score by collecting precious gold stars. Your score increases depending on the distance your plane covers, but contact with an obstacle or part of the environment prematurely ends your flight of fancy.
Snagging stars is one of the most demanding tasks offered in the game, especially on the higher difficulty levels. These desirable objects boost your combo score, and predictably they’re secreted in hard-to-reach locations, calling for the player to risk their plane’s wellbeing by attempting to collect them.
There’s a neat sense of progression to My Paper Plane 2, as each location has several difficult settings which must be unlocked to advance. You’re also awarded medals based on your performance, giving you further incentive to improve you score.
My Paper Plane 2’s 3D graphics are workmanlike rather than truly striking, but their simplicity allows the game to speed along without any real issues. Even on entry-level Android phones it performs admirably. The tilt control can sometimes be a little iffy, but thankfully there’s a button in the bottom right-hand corner of the display which recalibrates the controls as you play, helping you find the perfect setup.
Aside from a helpful tutorial mode there’s little else to speak of in My Paper Plane 2. Some kind of online score-keeping feature would have been welcome, although there’s every chance that developer Wavecade will add this in a future update as one of its other leading Android titles – Fruit Pirate – already supports ScoreLoop.
My Paper Plane 2’s biggest failing is the lack of variety. The gameplay doesn’t really change all that much throughout the course of the game, and while the challenge of bagging as many stars as possible keeps your interest high, the repetition soon starts to eat away at your enjoyment.
Compared with other Android titles, My Paper Plane 2 carries a reasonably expensive price tag, and that makes it harder to endorse. Should Wavecade reduce it to a more realistic level, then we’d definitely recommend it.