If you’re wondering whether or not to download this game, here’s my advice: IT IS WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN $1.99 I was one of the first players to download the original Cytus back in 2012. I’ve maxed out almost every score (I’m looking at you Freedom Dive) and it remains one of my favorites to this day. When I heard that Cytus 2 had been released, I’ll admit that I was skeptical. I mean, it looked totally different. Character select instead of chapters? Five note types?! Varying song speeds?!? Three modes of difficulty per song?!?! I trust Rayark, though, so I dished out my $1.99 (the original was $6.99) and opened the app. I currently have PAFF, NEKO, and RoboHead up to lvl 25. Here’s my take: —> The design is much cleaner and aesthetically very pleasing, in a futuristic sense. It appeals to the inner artist, and the sound system is superb! • The game mechanics are much more refined. The black background make the notes show up a lot more clearly, and it’s easier to figure out the timing thanks to indicators on the notes. • The scoring system has advanced A LOT. You can now tell when you’re on track to a Million and a Full Combo, and can gauge your accuracy (TP) in real time. • The two new note types (yellow hold and swipe) along with the speed shift make the more difficult songs very enjoyable to play. The complexity makes for a bit more of a challenge, and I’m having fun learning how to sense the new tricks the game throws. —> As far as the story goes, Cytus 2 is much more in depth than the original and, to some degree, it is interactive. • The IM messages tell the story as you level up the characters, giving you some control over what order it appears in. • The chatroom-esque design of the IM posts is familiar and well-organized, making it easy to understand and relate to. • The ‘lock’ events, and the ‘like’ system make you feel like you’re IN the game instead of playing it. —> For the veteran, there are a TON of connections to the original Cytus. • I’ve picked up hints of Saika, Green Eyes, Codename: Zero (in a song called Codename: Gamma,) Q, Spectrum, and Halcyon. I’m sure there are others, too. • “L” is explicitly mentioned in a character’s post, directly linking the two games and distinguishing Cytus 2 as a sequel rather than a remake. • More of a personal note here, but I would recommend replaying the story of Cytus and listening to all of the songs at least once. The hidden connections are so fun to find! Kudos to Rayark for making an amazing sequel to an amazing game. I look forward to the rest of the story!