The second game in the infamous Cotton series, developed by Success and released into arcades first, then converted to the Sega Saturn in 1997.
It features one or two-player simultaneous, side-scrolling shoot ’em up action, with the main characters being two witches who fly on broomsticks. This simultaneous two-player action is the main difference between this and the first Cotton game.
Graphically, Cotton 2: Magical Night Dreams is richer, colour-wise, and more detailed than the first game, although – personally – I prefer the more simple nature of Cotton #1‘s visuals. Somehow the graphics in Cotton 2 feel a bit dated compared to the first game.
Still, Cotton 2 is a frenetic and appealing shoot ’em up. You can chain kills together to get bigger bonuses, which is new to this game. The boss battles are still frequent and bonkers, and – like the first game – Cotton 2 is an impressive challenge.