Crazy Climber 2
How could I, a diehard Crazy
Climber fanatic, not know about a sequel to my all-time favorite
game? Probably because it was a Japanese only release. When I
saw it on the new version of MAME, I downloaded that faster than
you could say "Jimmy Crack Corn". But would this live up the the
utter devotion I have for the original? Or would it be another
sequel that lets me down (like Q*Bert's Qubes)? Read on and find
After playing a game,
I can say that I really do enjoy the new version. While the
original is still tops in my book, this one does a fine job of
capturing the spirit of the original. Many of the same elements
are there, the falling girders, the giant gorilla and the
sadistic people tossing stuff out their windows at you. But they
no longer are content with tossing flower pots, they now are
throwing appliances! Televisions, blenders and boom boxes are
being tossed at you and these suckers hurt.
The first thing you will notice
about the game is a major improvement in graphics. While the
original Crazy Climber was simple in its graphics, there was a
certain charm in the simplicity. The new one almost borders on
gaudy as you have foregrounds, backgrounds and all kind of
detail. Everything is well illustrated and full of color. You
will find yourself losing a few climbers, because you get caught
up in checking out all the detail. But once the thrill wears
away, you will find that this is a tougher game than the
original. Much tougher.
There are some new challenges to
keep you from reaching the top of the building. The first one is
pretty funny. There are laundry lines that you must avoid. It
may sound funny, but you can get wasted by a pair of underwear.
That would not read well on your tombstone.
While the giant gorilla is not a
new adversary, he has a new trick up his sleeve and it is not a
very nice one. This oversized ape now throws bricks at you. Not
one brick and rest, like Donkey Kong and the barrels, but one
after another. It is literally raining bricks and that will give
you an Excedrin headache T----H----I-----S B----I----G! We are
talking a major ouch! I find myself very lucky if I get past
this brute without losing a guy. Very lucky!
One old foe that is absent and I
truly miss is the big bird who used to bombard you with the
ketchup and mustard droppings (easier to stomach than the
alternative, red droppings, ewwww).
Each level is designed
differently and takes advantage of the improvement in graphics
that is so relevant in this game. The second building is Las
Vegas and is as garish as the city itself. You even have
flirtatious women luring you into their windows. While this does
give you bonus points, be wary, as this is a good way to die.
More than once, I have come out with hearts in my eyes, only to
get clocked by a girder. Like the Sirens of legends, these women
will lead you to your death. So keep your wits or you will have
a major indentation in your face and that will not be very
This is one sequel that improves
on some areas (graphics and variety of foes) and keeps to the
formula of the original. The only real gripes are the increased
challenge over the original (but they do give you a continue
feature), the lack of the bird and how your climber seems to
glide more than climb, but all of these are very petty issues
and do not bring down an otherwise impressive game. So if
building climbing is your game, Crazy Climber 2 will give you
the challenge you are looking for.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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