Stunt guys aren't valued as highly as actors or directors, for rather obvious reasons.
Despite having the riskiest and most physically demanding job in Hollywood, theirs is a very limited and rather non-creative role.
It's perhaps fitting, then, that while Stunt Guy 2.0 is filled with death-defying leaps and crashes, it fails to excite or engage as much as the top talent on the App Store.Stunted growth
You play the part of a cartoony stunt guy (or gal). Your job is to hang off the back of a sports car whilst simultaneously steering it through traffic, with the aim being to get to the end of each 'scene' intact.
When the scene is over, you may be asked to do it all again with some minor variation by a picky director.
All of which is a fairly thin premise for a simple level-based auto-runner. The controls are a simple case of 'left' and 'right' virtual buttons, though there's a pleasant sense of weight and momentum to your car as your squeal from one lane to the next.
It's possible to ram traffic off the road from the side, but a strong rear shunt will cause you to lose a life.Power slide
Elsewhere you'll encounter a whole bunch of collectibles, whether that's lines of carnage points (which fill up a temporary invincibility bar) or speed-boosting arrows. There are also power-ups that do things like freeze time or expand your car temporarily.
Then there are the jumps that allow you to sail over the traffic before crashing down on top of some unlucky car. Catch these at an angle and you might end up on two wheels instead.
All of which makes Stunt Guy 2 sound like quite good fun. And it is, for the first ten minutes or so. Then it turns into a repetitive grind, as you do the same things in a slightly different pattern, over and over.
Repeating takes with only the slightest of twists just to five-star a level - which is the surest way to unlock the next level without splashing the cash - gets boring fast.
The game simply lacks the sense of momentum and progression that this kind of rinse-and-repeat casual game needs if it's to keep you playing. Like the stunt guy of the title, it's full of bravado and impressive feats, but it's far from being the brightest or most creatively inspiring game out there.