Being the only hatchling from a selection of eggs procured by the previous dinosaur you play as in Nanosaur 1, you now have the job to retrieve your fellow brothers and sisters whose eggs have been taken by a rebel group.
Ignoring the absurd plotline, Nanosaur is a flight-combat adventure game where your aim is to fly around each prehistoric level, collecting and transporting eggs to your home world whilst destroying and avoiding enemies at the same time. Enemies take the shape of other living carnivores or automated robots defending the eggs.
Nanosaur 2 Gameplay
Nanosaur 2 captures the era well. Playing the first level, you feel almost transported into the past, to a world where gigantic monsters rule. That’s until you reach the floating mines that explode in your beaked face and equally gigantic gun turrets that fire rocket launchers at you. Nanosaur 2: The Hatchling makes you want to shout ‘What the hell?!’ over and over because it is so ridiculously unrealistic. I feel like the developers have just decided to plant a load of explosions and carnage because it seemed cool at the time. This unequal blend of creative natural environment contrasted with the cold metal of the massive rotating turrets seems abnormal. It looks good technically, but looks hideous from a different perspective.
The level design is also flawed. They seem to drag on for ages, with most of the time spent on trying to find that egg you accidentally dropped. The maps are massive but if you run out of the few lives you have you start off way back at the beginning. There are no save spots in-between meaning you have to complete the whole stage in one gaming session.
However, there are a few positives to Nanosaur 2: The Hatchling. The weapons are pretty sweet, well that’s when you acquire them. You start off with the most ineffective ‘attack’ ever. Screeching. Ignoring the fact that robots probably can’t hear anyway, it does more to attract unwanted attention rather than killing foes. Thankfully, you can pick up ammo for much more effective weapons as you play, such as lasers and rockets.
The best thing about Nanosaur 2 though is two player mode (this involves split screen using the same computer as opposed to multiplayer online). Here you can play against a friend in either a battle, a race or egg collection. The weapons are given to you and the world is yours as you battle it out. Forget about the campaign, the versus mode is brilliant and works well if you have a formidable opponent to face against.
Nanosaur 2: The Hatchling is disappointing. If you are looking for a great 3D adventure from Pangea, I suggest you have a look at OttoMatic. Nanosaur 2: The Hatchling has a lot of potential, but needs quite a few improvements before it deserves your cash.
Developer: Pangea Software
Description: Prehistoric Air Combat with Explosions
Pros: Vibrant graphics, interesting environments, good variation of enemies.
Cons: Terrible story, flawed saving, repetitive, controls take time to get used to.
Advised Control Method: All (keyboard controls used)