The original Badland was a beautiful adventure game with interesting physics, gorgeous graphics, immersive soundtrack, and enough charm to land it on my personal list of 15 hauntingly beautiful dark and atmospheric games. The game was done so well that we forgave its late arrival on Android compared to iOS, applauded it for implementing cloud save and immersive mode for gameplay, and even lauded its implementation of free to play. This is a direct quote from Ryan's review of Badland:
You don't even have to drop any cash to play this game – 40 full levels for free?
We're about as shocked as you are on this - apparently the developer of the hugely popular game Badland has released the also-hugely-popular sequel, Badland 2, for Android. The problem? Indie dev Frogmind isn't the publisher: Clean Master Games, aka Cheetah Mobile, is. This is troubling for several reasons. And before you ask: yes, this is almost certainly legit. The game has a Frogmind / Clean Master intro splash, Clean Master Games is responding to user complaints in the reviews on the Play Store, and Cheetah Mobile's team is even chasing down cracked versions of the game already. (Let alone that even Cheetah Mobile would be extremely unlikely to stoop so low as blatant trademark and copyright theft of a famous game.)
Badland is one of those rare games that manages to be both gorgeous and completely engrossing. All you have to do is tap the screen to make your little bird-things flap their wings, but there are so many dangers in Badland! How will you ever make it alone? Now you can experience this killer game with three friends thanks to the new four-player co-op mode.
Badland is a game about adaptation – the rotund birds you control in this title are simple things that fly up and to the right at your direction, but they're always changing. Toss in a few power ups, and things get wild really fast. The game can change in an instant and you have to be ready for it. Just survive – that's all you need to do, but the assortment of unexpected dangers and physics puzzles make this game something to take a closer look at.
I, like most people, am a great fan of beautifulgames. When a game is outstandingly gorgeous and offers great gameplay, I feel that it is my civic duty to spread the word as far as I can. It seems that the time has come once again for me to don my bullhorn and tell you about Badland.
Badland is the type of game you don't see very often. The visuals are off-the-charts gorgeous, the audio meshes perfectly with the imagery, and the gameplay is so simple it's ridiculous. I invite you to watch this video of Badlands. You may want to tape your jaw up because it's going to want to drop: