Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space review

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Rewind your mind a little bit. Remember Blinx: The Time Sweeper on Xbox? A curious time-bending platformer fronted by a terrifyingly ugly cat, it delivered little on its promise of allowing you to control the world around you as if you had a VHS remote control - pause it, rewind it, record it, speed it up. All we got was a messy, frustrating game with all the logic and order of a monkey house.

Fast-forward back to the present. Blinx 2 is better than the original, but not by much. Gone are the filthy, crushing time limits. Instead, the game is broken up into more manageable, check-pointed sections. And there's a bundle of new stuff on offer - a four-player Vs battle mode, an interesting co-op mode that opens up new sub-sections of the game and an entirely new style of play based on the Tom Tom Gang. This bunch of stupid pigs are the enemies of the Time Sweepers, and can manipulate space better than David Blaine playing Half-Life 2.

Pause now, for a bit of reflection. While it's a far bigger game, the puzzles in this sequel haven't become any cleverer, or any more sensible, just less annoying. The combat and lock-on system have improved but it can let you down during the tougher moments. Thankfully, though, those moments are less common.

So, finally, record this and replay it over in your mind: Blinx 2 is better, and far bigger than the original. It won't leave you with the taste of old phone books in your mouth, but its time-based puzzles aren't a patch on those of Prince Of Persia, nor are its stealth sections as meaty as those of Metal Gear Solid 2, say, or Second Sight.

Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space is out now for Xbox

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