Niz 2: The Journey of Nonsensical (released in Japan as CharmingBoy 2: The Hero Strikes Back!) is a platform video game developed by Gingo Interactive, published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and distributed by DreamWorks Interactive for the Sony PlayStation and PlayStation 2. It was released for the PlayStation in 1999 and the PlayStation 2 in 2000 in Japan only, developed by Sugar & Rockets, and is the sequel to 1997's Niz Chicoloco. As with the previous installment, it was created by Geo G.. This was also the last game in the series to be published by Sony.
The game plays very similar to the prior game in the series, as a 3D platformer. The player must still maneuver Niz through the level through jumping, and Niz still collects objects, only now they're "orbs" instead of "gears". The game did feature a little more variety than its predecessor. One new feature in the game was the ability to shoot a ray gun. A multi-player mode was added as well, where a second player could control one of Niz's new friends – Pip, a green fish-like creature with arms and legs, Giggs, a purple gorilla-like cyclops, and Bob, a cute green critter.
The game started development in 1997, when the first game was released. The game was originally known as Niz Chicoloco 2 at the time. Bill Brown, the composer of the first game, again did the soundtrack.
Cancelled third gameEdit
In 2000, DreamWorks and Gingo had plans for a third Niz Chicoloco game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube for release in 2002, but it was cancelled due to development issues. It was later replaced by Niz Chicoloco vs. Eris in 2004, developed by Gingo Interactive and DC Studios and published by Activision.
The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one eight, one nine, and two eights for a total of 29 out of 40.