Have You Played… Intrusion 2?

Intrusion 2 [official site] is an exercise in escalation. You begin as a soldier with a laser pistol fighting other men with laser pistols. Then there are multi-pronged snake beasts whose arms pluck you out of the air. Then there are men with laser machineguns. Then the men are riding wolves. Then you can ride the wolves. Then you are fighting mechs with swords. Then you can pilot the mechs with swords. Then there’s a helicopter with arms. Then you’re sliding down a mountain using the helicopter’s cockpit as a snowboard while fighting robot snakes that are busting out of the ground from underneath the snow.

This is, like, the game’s first hour.

Brilliantly, every part of every part of the above is powered not by frame-by-frame animation but through a physics system that makes everything reactive to you and the world around it. Once you’ve destroyed its rotors, that helicopter will pull itself along the ground towards you. Enemy soldiers will take up positions in towers, the struts beneath which can be sliced to make the structure buckle and fall.

The tech and the ambition combine such that everything in the game is simultaneously absurdly overblown and cutely detailed in small, humanising ways. Or put another way, the desperate, clumsy movement will make you feel sympathy for the snake robots.

It’s $10/£7 and there’s a demo. Heck, you can play that demo in your browser right now.


  1. DanMan says:

    Got it in a HumBundle. Couldn’t get to grips with the controls/aiming. Stopped playing it once I had reached the snowboarding with the flying snake things.

    • ribby says:

      You missed out on the most amazing grappling hook/machete mech ever, then!

      It’s soooo cool!

    • jgthespy says:

      Thank you for mentioning the Humble Bundle! I had no idea that I already own this game. It’s good silly fun. I’m really looking forward to this guy’s jetpack game.

  2. Jakkar says:

    Play it. All of you.

    This is the modern scrolling shooter, the modern 2d platformer. Physics completely integrated into fantastic, enthralling gameplay.

    Short but so very, very sweet.

  3. liquidsoap89 says:

    It really is quite good.

  4. LionsPhil says:

    Best inverse-kinematic wolf foot placement in videogames.

    • Jac says:

      This game needs a physical release and this needs to be the box quote. Sold.

  5. draven says:

    Yes I did! Amazing game, it’s “Contra meets LittleBigPlanet”… both get very drunk, have a baby and live happily in Siberia ever after.

    +1 “Best inverse-kinematic wolf foot placement in videogames.”

  6. Agnosticus says:

    Just beware, it looks like a potatoe could run it, but it’s a flash game and it will stugger on many low to mid end laptops/PCs.

    • Agnosticus says:

      Can’t edit it for some reason: *potato, *stutter

    • Urthman says:

      Oh, hey, thanks. I forgot this was on my list of games to revisit when I get a new computer. It should run pretty great now.

      Waiting for it to download…

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    Hodge says:

    I will add my voice to the consensus that this is ace.

  8. ansionnach says:

    Looks great. Seems I own it as well – must take a look!

  9. DeepwellBridge says:

    played it loved it. Kept playing until the pixels bothered my eyes. Solid shoot em up gameplay!

  10. MadTinkerer says:

    Indeed, this game is wonderful and you can add me to the crowd recommending it.

  11. ribby says:

    Great game!

  12. SlimShanks says:

    The second boss, Miku and Dan, is one of the best boss fights ever in a videogame. Even if you don’t play this game, do yourself a favour and look up a video showing the boss fights.
    Also, when you kill the first boss, it’s hand flies through air in a bird flipping position. That then fell on my head and killed me. Physics!

  13. MartinWisse says:

    Decent enough side scroller, but it’s not really my genre to be honest.

  14. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Does the music get any better in the retail version? I played the demo and I don’t think I could stand those three horrible metal chords for much longer.

    • noodlecake says:

      Nope. It’s the same track on a loop for the entire game. It’s the only problem with the game.

    • theapeofnaples says:

      ^ so much in agreement with this, it’s a real shame.

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      Hodge says:

      You can turn the music off in the options (I’m not fond of it either).

  15. JOJOFACE says:

    Wasn’t the game made all by a single guy?

  16. Gpig says:

    Great game, but I gave up on the final boss battle after a few hours. Didn’t the developer say they spent like half of the development time just on the final boss battle? Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. The battle was definitely long and kept escalating. It was cool, but I had to keep repeating certain parts too many times.

  17. malkav11 says:

    I love the idea but I am not nearly competent enough to play it. (I have tried.)

  18. horrorgasm says:

    Nooooo…but I sure as hell am going to now.

  19. Bodylotion says:

    Pretty good game but I gave up fighting some boss