There aren’t many rhythm games on the Switch (certainly not lately), so it goes without saying that Klang 2 stands out a bit from the crowd simply by serving this often overlooked genre. We’re not sure why Tinimations chose to port Klang 2 to Switch earlier than its predecessor, but from what we’ve seen, this entry is the stronger of the two. Klang 2 is not perfect and is rather short, but it successfully offers a satisfying rhythm action that fans of the genre will want to know about.
Klang 2 technically has a history, though it’s hardly worth living through. From what we can tell, you play as an amnesiac “rave warrior” named Sonus, haunted by ghosts that are somehow connected to his mystical tuning fork like Tuneblade. Thus, a mysterious magical eye named “A-Eye” decides to help him get rid of the ghosts forever, but only if he swore his undying allegiance to the eye after he finished.
Or something similar; it’s a really strange story told.
Narrative oddities aside, the rhythm gameplay at the heart of Klang 2 is perfect for everyone. There are only two factors you need to worry about – your left stick and the Y button – and you progress through the levels by pointing the stick at the symbols in time to the music and pressing Y when necessary. Simple enough, but a little complicated by the fact that all the rhythmic gameplay is superimposed on the battle. Each tap corresponds to Sonus dashing around and hitting opponents with his Tuneblade, and this mixes up the gameplay because you have to be constantly aware of the position of both Sonus. and the position of the next character.
Quite often, his dash forces you to change the L-stick input at the last second, and that can make for some exciting sequences. The downside to this is that the Sonus is just as brightly neon-colored as everything else on the screen, so it’s pretty easy to lose sight of it in the sensory overload of the song’s climax, which can confuse you and potentially cost you songs if you do enough. mistakes. Moments like this happen often enough to disrupt the gameplay, but there’s also nothing better than when you finally get into that zen-like state of smashing dozens of punches in a row with perfect precision. … So, we would say that the gameplay is satisfying, but Klang 2 could have made its more intense moments a little more readable.
Naturally, rhythm play is nothing without a killer soundtrack, and Klang 2 luckily doesn’t disappoint in that regard. This soundtrack is filled with a range of stunning, powerful house and techno tracks that blend perfectly with ridiculously colorful fantasy environments. I must say that the music tracks merge together after a while, but there is enough variety here, and it’s worth it.
While Klang 2 has its problems, we feel it still offers a satisfying and unique enough approach to the rhythm genre to at least merit your attention. It’s not necessarily the kind of game we’d recommend to anyone looking to try their hand at rhythm games, but fans will likely find enough here to fall in love with that at least it’s worth the relatively low-cost entry ticket.