Gibbets 2 (universal) by HeroCraft Ltd. is a challenging physics game where players need to gauge precise arrow shots against the clock. The concept is simple — save the hanging men by cutting the ropes upon which they swing — but it’s not always easy depending on obstacles and limited arrows.
In the beginning, Gibbets 2 is all fun – but in the later levels it takes a patient hand to find the perfect shot. To add to the difficulty, every time a shot misses and hits a hanging man, a chunk disappears from his life bar. Letting one man die means the level is over. The fact that the level ends seems to conflict with what the original rules should have been, however, as the screen reads “All Dead ” when in reality every other man could still be alive.
There isn’t much not to enjoyin Gibbets 2. The tutorial level doesn’t tell players exactly how they should play, but it’s easy enough to figure out. For example, the tutorial says to place a finger on top of the bow and pull back. But depending on where the bow is, that’s not always possible. Thankfully the game allows players to make the pull-back motion anywhere on the screen, and it’s pretty accurate.
With 54 levels – and a final screen that suggests more is to come, there’s a decent amount of replay in Gibbets 2. There’s always ways to go quicker, use less arrows and pick up more extras in every level and go for a higher score as well, so playing through a level once doesn’t always mean that’s the end.
Gibbets 2 is a pretty grim concept — how many iOS games involve possibly shooting someone in the face while trying to save them from hanging? — but any fan of strategy and shooting games will love it.