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Just like the original game, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is a fast, abstract shooter with glowing enemies and bullets in a rectangular arena against a black background. The game includes six game modes with different objectives. The different modes are unlocked gradually after playing the previous one for a certain amount of time.
  • In Deadline players get three minutes to score as many points as possible. This is done by destroying different waves of enemies that leave behind geoms that increase the score multiplier. The enemy ship also has a limited amount of bombs to clear the entire screen. Most other game modes feature geoms as well.

  • King is a more tactical game. Players can only shoot from circle zones that appear at random. Enemies cannot enter the zone, but they degrade over time, first becoming green and eventually red no longer blocking the enemies. The player then quickly needs to travel to a new zone and while travelling enemy crafts can only be dodged, not shot.

  • Evolved is a known game mode with more traditional gameplay. Players receive four lives and three bombs to score as much as possible. For every 100,000 points an extra life and a bomb are awarded. The next bonus is awarded at ten percent of the previous value.

  • Pacifism is a defensive game mode where the player cannot shoot enemies. Instead they need to be dodged and can only be destroyed by flying through gates that appear at random and kill all nearby enemies. The gate constantly rotates and the player cannot touch the yellow ends.

  • Waves is centered around fixed waves of orange enemies that approach from the sides of the screen as a giant wall. The player needs to make room and prevent contact. Other enemies appear as well, but in smaller amounts.

  • The final game mode is Sequence and it offers a set of twenty challenges. Per challenge, players only have 30 seconds to complete it. When a life is lost or the time is over, the game moves on to the next challenge until the player is out of lives.
The later released iOS version has an additional game mode called Titans where the ship needs to fight against super-sized enemies that release a swarm of smaller enemies of the same type on death. The Xbox 360 version has cooperative and versus offline games for up to four players.


Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Xbox 360 Respawning spectacularly after getting hit.
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Xbox 360 Sum up the game in two words?  "Particle effects."
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Xbox 360 Look out!
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Xbox 360 Shooting enemies adds to your multiplier.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Geometry Wars: Touch" -- iOS title

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Giant Bomb Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
RewiredMind Xbox 360 Aug, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Aug 04, 2008 94 out of 100 94
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Aug 11, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamervision Xbox 360 Aug 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Aug 01, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
XboxFrance Xbox 360 Jul 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Deeko Xbox 360 Aug 08, 2008 9 out of 10 90
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Xbox 360 Jul 30, 2008 B+ 83
Game Positive Xbox 360 Aug 04, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79


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1001 Video Games

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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