Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 84
    Kids will undoubtedly like Tak 2's intuitive control mechanics and colorful characters while adults will -- as we did -- be able to appreciate the underlying humor and the clever puzzles that lie in wait.
  2. Definitely a more well-conceived game than The Power of Juju, and there are some genuinely fresh, inventive ideas at work here. The problem is, the whole experience is muddled by an inconsistent difficulty and slapdash level designs, and these good ideas don't quite coalesce into a good game.
  3. If you liked the original game, you'll love Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams. Not only is it bigger, better and more beautiful but it's also one of those games that will win you over with its charming story and characters plus its too-fun-to-put-down platformer goodness.
  4. The art direction, character design, and storytelling are all top notch. [Nov 2004, p.146]
  5. 70
    Combines great gameplay with entertaining characters and extremely pretty visuals for a surprisingly fun gaming experience.
  6. I never thought I'd see the day when I would give a Nickelodeon-based game anything higher than a 6, but here we are. And I'm very, very glad for it.
  7. The colorful visuals, well-paced gameplay and smart dialog came as a bit of a shock. Even more surprising was the part where I kept playing, not because I had to review it, but because I wanted to.
  8. A Nintendo quality platformer with subtle humor that will have you laughing out-loud at each cut-scene. With its beautifully animated characters, lush environments, and overall artistic game design Tak 2 will surprise many.
  9. 60
    Your appreciation of Tak 2 largely depends on the number of 3D platform games you've seen over the years. The more you've experienced, the less impressive Tak 2 is to play, which means younger audiences will love it.
  10. One of the best platform offerings to hit these systems in a while, plus a quality children's game for which the competition is extremely limited.
  11. Tak 2 is a solid day's worth of trippy fun and visual euphoria...but they had to check "epic" at the door to make it happen. [Nov 2004, p.52]
  12. Tak 2's biggest flaw is that we've seen it all before. It's not a bad game, and is certainly a lot better than its predecessor, but it really doesn't do anything particularly well.
  13. Has a darker story and shows a silghtly more grown-up version of the character, but it still has plenty of light folly and moderately difficult puzzles. [Dec 2004, p.146]
  14. Even for those not willing to hop into gaming's "kiddy pool," come on in: the water's fine.
  15. It has personality, it has clever puzzles, it has things to collect and above all, it's an absolute blast to play. It's only the dream sections that let this down and repetition does creep in towards the end but even so, it doesn't take the sheen off a sparkling sequel.
  16. It's an able ambassador of the "throw-in-a-bit-of-everything" philosophy these games have fostered for the past few years.
  17. It's not a perfect game, but it does so many things well that missing out on it would be a crime.
  18. With a great, easy-to-follow storyline, brilliant visual designs, and memorable characters, Tak 2 is one of the most impressive third-party platformers on the GameCube this year.
  19. Featuring jumping, gliding, twatting things with sticks, and bucket loads of what some would call "wit", this game has it all.
  20. While the gameplay in Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams isn't that original, Avalanche succeeds at making you care for the characters because of their distinctive personality, which shines through the story.
  21. Although Tak 2 doesn't do anything really wrong, there isn't much here that is new or innovative.
  22. But beyond the odd wild ride on the back of a beast, negotiating the levels is a tame affair. This could prove frustrating for some, as the level of difficulty is often unbalanced.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    10
    this game is just so fun to play, this is the game that makes my childhood feel blessed. Amazing music, cool combat system, and an unforgettable adventure through outstanding environments and levels, I constantly find myself replaying this game over and over again. Its a shame I don't really see it get the credit that it deserves, because THQ did a great job with this game. Full Review »
  2. Supersean
    Apr 20, 2005
    6
    It's funny, sometimes challenging, and a very long adventure, but while playing you'll realize that it is to long. The voice acting is great, but the music int he first level and sometimes in other levels, cuts out. The game is sometimes choppy, but not to bad. The multi-player seems rushed, and just crappy and lazy. Full Review »
  3. EmoryF.
    Nov 11, 2004
    10
    This game seems good and if you loved the first you will love the rest and i really cannot wait to get this very awesome game.