Stargate is a long and storied franchise that ran for over 10 seasons across multiple TV show iterations. It’s been almost 3 years since the last iteration of the series was cancelled in 2011, and many Stargate fans had been looking to fill their void of Stargate related media. With the announcement of Stargate SG-1 Unleashed back in February of 2013, fans finally had something new to look forward to, which culminated in the creation of Stargate Sg1: Unleashed Episode 1 for iOS, followed by Android. The game was met with great reviews and love by fans, with a promise from Arkalis Interactive to create two more episodes. Episode 2, which is a continuation of the story from the first episode, and is also a game that any Stargate fan should pick up.
The gameplay of episode two is, for the most part, identical to that of the first episode. As before, the majority of the game is made up of quick time events (QTE’s) that you must complete to proceed, many of them requiring very quick reflexes. The combat system is incredibly simple, forcing you to “target” a specific enemy, then step out of cover when you want to shoot. Many enemies will rush at you, meaning you must pick your targets wisely. The game sprinkles a puzzle or two into the gameplay as well, continuing with the style of the previous game. Overall, the game is really all about QTE’s and Exploration, making your playthrough focus on solving small puzzles and rapid reflex cutscenes. One all new feature, however, is the ability to choose how you speak during conversations. Although the majority of conversations are you being interrogated, you have the ability to choose how to respond (defiant, neutral, snarky, etc), allowing you to guide the conversation differently each time you play through the game.
Arkalis Interactive did a good job improving, even if only slightly, on the graphics and animations from the previous game. Most mobile games have basic 3D environments, but Arkalis did a good job adding some detail to the environments, even if exploration is a bit limited in the second episode in comparison to the first. The character models are also a bit more refined with regards to the movements while talking, making conversations look less odd when you actually paid attention.
The story, as before, is really what makes this game great (for Stargate fans mainly). Following the Sekhmet story line, you encounter new Jaffa, Goa’uld, and monsters across part two of this game. One thing to note, however, is that many players who have never watched Stargate may not get much of the content that comes from the game due to the fact that there is some backstory that is included without much explanation. For Stargate fans, however, the story is engaging and being a part of it as you play as your favorite character(s) is always great fun.
The audio is really what makes this game great, mainly due to the fact that all of the voice acting is done by the people who played the original characters in the Stargate SG-1 TV Series. Although sometimes the actual audio seems out of place (a bit of static in the voiceover), it is superb as can be expected from the likes of Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, and Michael Shanks. Having the original cast voice the script that would have been perfect for an actual TV Episode makes the experience very enjoyable.
Here’s the verdict, this game was made for Stargate SG-1 fans. If you haven’t actually watched the series, it is a highly recommended watch for any science fiction fan. Even though you will be able to follow along pretty well without having seen the series, Stargate fans will enjoy this game much more than the standard player of mobile games. That said, this episode of the Stargate SG-1 Unleashed series is just as good as the last, and definitely worth the $4.99 pricepoint. If you like a story-driven adventure with some puzzles and action mixed in, Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Episode 2 (like the previous one) is well worth a purchase!