Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django is the 2004 follow-up to the excellent Boktai: The Sun Is Your Hand – a clever isometric adventure designed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Koijima.
What is especially clever about this game is that it uses a photometric light sensor – on the cartridge – to measure sunlight falling onto it. This in turn affects how things work in the game, such as weapon charging, and suchlike, and – in this second game – also acts like a kind of currency. Charging sunlight creates units called SOL, which you can convert and also use to buy things in the game. A clever idea!
Again: you control Django, a vampire hunter with a solar gun, and later: a solar glove that allows solar enchantments on weapons and items. The solar philosophy runs far deeper – and more interesting – in this sequel.
If you’re a Koijima fan, or like adventures, or interesting, non-standard video game ideas, then Boktai 2 is a worthy play. For me: one of the best games on the Game Boy Advance.
Boktai on The King of Grabs:
Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand
Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django
Boktai 3: Sabata’s Counterattack
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