A sequel to one of the most interesting puzzle games of last year has arrived, with an arresting makeover and just the right amount of extra spice. While the first game eventually wore thin by working its lonely gimmick to the bone, Open Doors 2 features compact puzzles with just the right number of new doors and mechanical gizmos. With a sparkling presentation and superb level design, this is one of the best puzzlers we've seen so far this year.

Your objective, as a pillowy square in a graph-work maze, is to reach the "X". You only need press the [arrow] keys to get there, but your path is complicated, naturally, by a whole lot of doors. Shove them closed from one side; open them by going the other way.

Your progress saves automatically, and if you are a completist, you'll come to appreciate that. There are two seperate medals to collect for time used and steps taken on each of the game's 36 levels. The difficulty caters to both puzzle-heads and more casual travelers. It's not too hard to beat the game (not all that easy, either), but collecting all the golds, especially for the time-based medals, will *mess you up*.

**Analysis: **Developer Ozzie Mercado has replaced the stylish but messy blueprints from the first Open Doors with a bright, almost glowing palette that makes it absolutely clear how to interact with things. I can't stress how important it is, no matter what "style" or "mood" a designer is reaching for, to entwine the look of game objects with their behavior, and that's exactly what the makeover here has accomplished. It also doesn't hurt to provide six different color schemes. Extra bravo for that.

Rather than overloading the game with new features, Mercado added just enough moving parts to keep things interesting for 36 levels. You have your levers, which react to your movement only along their primary axis. You have your floors that disappear after being used (always my least favorite part of any tile puzzle, these appear in blessedly few levels). You have your double doors, which act as traditional one-way obstacles.

Each level blends these elements together in exactly one unique way, and that means there is exactly one problem to solve at a time. When your brain starts to swim, just break it down in pieces. The previous Open Doors could be overwhelming once the levels got too large and complex, but here each puzzle is vigorous, asking assertive questions and rewarding you cleanly when you find the answer.

Top it off with a curious, folky soundtrack ("I'm going ho-o-o-oooome…") and you have something that could be the standard for casual games. A simple idea, an attractive approach, and an agreeable length. Good show.

## Walkthrough Guide

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Open Doors 2 WalkthroughHere is the complete walkthrough!

Level 00Right arrow, down arrow twice, right arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow, up arrow, right arrow twice, down arrow, right arrow

Level 01right arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow, up arrow, down arrow, left arrow

up arrow, right arrow twice, up arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow

right arrow three times, down twice, right arrow, up arrow twice, left arrow, down twice, up twice, right arrow, down arrow twice, left arrow three, down arrow

Level 02right arrow twice, up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow, up arrow

right twice, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice, up arrow, left arrow, up arrow

Level 03up arrow twice, left arrow, down arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice, up arrow twice

left arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice, left arrow twice, up arrow twice

Level 04up arrow, left arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow, up arrow twice

right arrow, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow, up arrow

left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice, down arrow twice, left arrow three times

up arrow, right arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow up arrow

right arrow, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow five times

down arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow three times, right arrow, down arrow

up arrow, left arrow, down arrow three times, right arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow

Level 05down arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow

down arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice

down arrow, right arrow twice, up arrow twice, left arrow, down arrow, up arrow

right arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow, up arrow, right arrow twice

down arrow, left arrow three times

Level 06right arrow twice, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow

right arrow, up arrow, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow three times

up arrow, right arrow twice, down arrow twice, left arrow twice, up arrow twice

right arrow twice, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow twice, right arrow twice, up arrow, left arrow

Level 07up arrow three times, right arrow twice, down arrow twice, right arrow

up arrow twice, down arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow three times, right arrow, down arrow

right arrow twice, down arrow twice, left arrow, right arrow, up arrow twice, left arrow twice

up arrow, left arrow, down arrow three times, right arrow twice, down arrow

Level 08right arrow twice, down arrow, left arrow, down arrow, up arrow

right arrow, up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow twice, right arrow three times

up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow twice

down arrow, left arrow, down arrow, up arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow twice

down arrow twice, left arrow twice, down arrow, right arrow

Level 09right arrow, up twice, right twice, down arrow, right arrow four times

down arrow twice, left arrow, right arrow, up arrow twice, left arrow four times

up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow four times, right arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow three times

down arrow, right arrow twice, up arrow twice, right arrow

Level 10up arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow

right arrow, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice

left arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow

left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow three times, left arrow

Level 11right arrow twice, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, down arrow

left arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow

right arrow five times, down arrow three times, left arrow twice, up arrow three times

right arrow twice, down arrow three times, up arrow three times, left arrow twice

down arrow four times, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow, up arrow three times, right arrow twice, down arrow three times, left arrow four times

up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice

Level 12right arrow, up arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow twice

right arrow, up arrow, right arrow, left arrow, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow

down arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice, left arrow

up arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow left arrow, down arrow, left arrow

up arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow three times, right arrow, down arrow twice

Level 13right arrow twice, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow three times

left arrow, right arrow, down arrow three times, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow four times

down arrow, right arrow, up arrow three times, right arrow, down arrow

Level 14up arrow, left arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice, left arrow twice

up arrow twice, down arrow twice, right arrow twice, up arrow twice, left arrow three

times

down arrow twice, right arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow twice, down arrow twice

left arrow twice, up arrow twice, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow

Level 15right arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice

right arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, right arrow, left arrow three times

right arrow five times, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, up arrow

left arrow, down arrow, left arrow, down arrow three times, right arrow, up arrow

left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice

up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice

Level 16right twice, down three times, right twice, down, right twice, up twice

left twice, up, down three times, right twice, left twice, up twice, right twice, up twice

left twice, down, left twice, down three times, left twice

Level 17right twice, up, left, down, right, up, down, left, up, right twice, down

left, up, left, down, right, up, down, left, up, right twice, down, up, left twice, down

right four times, up twice, left, up, left, down three times, left twice, up, right twice, down

up, left twice, down, right five times, up, left, right, down, left, up twice, left three times

Level 18right, down twice, right, left, up, right, down three times, right three times

up, left, down, right, up three times, down, right, up twice, right

Level 19down twice, left, up, right, down, left, right, up, left, down twice

left, right, down, left, up three times, right twice, down, left, right, up, left

down four times, right twice, up, right, left, down, right, up twice, right, left

down, right, up three times, left

Level 20right arrow three times, up, down, right, down three times, left, right four times

Level 21right arrow, up twice, left arrow, up twice, right, left, down arrow twice

right arrow twice, up twice, right arrow twice, down twice, left twice, up, down, right three times

down twice, left twice, up twice, left, up twice, right twice, down twice, left, down twice, right three times

Level 22down arrow twice, right, up, right three times, left, down arrow twice, left arrow

up arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow three times, down arrow

Level 23right arrow twice, up, left three times, down, right arrow three times, up three times

left three times, down, right three times, up twice, left three times, down two times

right, left, up two times, right, up, right

Level 24left arrow twice, down arrow three times, right arrow four times

up arrow three times, left arrow four times, down arrow, right arrow twice, left arrow twice

up, right arrow four times, down arrow three times, left arrow four time, up arrow three times

right arrow four times, down arrow three times, left arrow, right arrow, up three times

left arrow four times, down arrow three times, right arrow three times, up twice, left, and down

Level 25up, right, down, up twice, right, left, down, right, left twice, down

right twice, up arrow three times, left, right, up arrow, left arrow, down twice, right, left

down, right,left, down, left, up arrow, right, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down

right twice, up arrow three times, right arrow twice, up twice, right, down arrow, left arrow twice

down arrow, right arrow, up twice, right three times, up, right, down twice, left arrow

up arrow, right arrow, left arrow, up, right, down four times, right, left arrow, up, right arrow

down twice, left arrow four times, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left, down arrow

up arrow, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice

Level 26up arrow twice, right arrow twice, left arrow four times, down arrow, up arrow,

right three times, down, left, up, left twice, down, right four times

Level 27up twice, right twice, down twice, left twice, down twice, right twice

up twice, left twice, right twice, down, twice, left twice, up four times, down four times

right twice, up four times, left four times, down four times, right twice, up four times

right twice, down twice, left twice, right twice, down twice, left twice, up four times

down four times, right twice, up four times, left four times, down twice, up twice

right four times, down four times, left four times, up twice, left arrow

Level 28right arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow

right arrow, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow three times, down arrow twice

left arrow, up arrow, left arrow, up arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow

up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow three times, left arrow twice, down arrow

right arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow three times, right arrow, up arrow

right arrow, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, left arrow, down arrow three times

left arrow, up arrow, left arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow

down arrow twice, right arrow five times, up arrow, right arrow

Level 29right arrow, down arrow twice, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow twice

up arrow, right arrow, down arrow four times, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice

up arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice, right arrow, up arrow twice, left arrow twice

down arrow, right arrow five times, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow, up arrow

left arrow three times, up arrow, down arrow, left arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow

up arrow four times, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice, down arrow, left arrow up arrow twice

left arrow, down arrow, right arrow six times, down arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow twice

down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow twice, down arrow, right arrow

down arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow

Level 30left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow

down arrow twice, right arrow, down arrow twice, up arrow twice, left arrow twice

up arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow, up arrow

right arrow, down arrow twice, left arrow, right arrow, up arrow twice, left arrow, down arrow three times

left arrow, down arrow, right arrow five times, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow

up arrow, right arrow, left arrow, down arrow right arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow twice

down arrow, right arrow, down arrow, left arrow four times, up arrow, right arrow, left arrow

down arrow, right arrow, up arrow twice, right arrow, left arrow, down arrow twice, right arrow twice

up arrow twice, left arrow, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow three times, left arrow twice

up arrow twice, right twice, down, right, down, left four times, up, right, left, down

right, up twice, right, left, down twice, right twice, up twice, left, up twice

Level 31left arrow twice, up arrow, left arrow twice, up arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice

right arrow, up arrow four times, right arrow four times, down arrow twice, up arrow twice

left arrow twice, down arrow four times, left arrow twice, up arrow, left arrow, up arrow

left arrow, down arrow twice, right arrow twice, up arrow twice, right arrow twice, up arrow twice

left arrow twice, down arrow four times, right arrow twice, up arrow twice, right arrow four times, up arrow

Level 32right arrow twice, down arrow three times, right arrow three times, up arrow four times

right arrow, down arrow, up arrow, left arrow four times, down arrow three times, left arrow

down arrow, right arrow four times, up arrow, down arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow

up arrow twice, right arrow twice, down arrow twice

Level 33down arrow, left arrow, up arrow twice, left arrow, down arrow, up arrow

right, down twice, right, up, right twice, up twice, right twice, down three times

left, down, left three times, up, left, up twice, left, down, up, right, down twice, right

up, right, up, right, up, right twice, down, right, down, left, up, right, down, left, right

up, left, down twice, left, right, up three times, left twice, down twice, left twice, down twice

right three times, up twice

Level 34up arrow, right arrow, up arrow, left arrow, down arrow, right arrow twice

down arrow, right arrow, down arrow twice, left twice, up twice, left to flip switch

up, right, down three times, right five times, up four times, left three times, down four

times

left twice, up three times, left, down, right flipping switch, down twice, right three times

up twice, left, up twice, right three times flipping switch, down four times, left twice

up four times, right twice, down twice, right

Level 35up arrow, right six times, down twice, left three times, down twice, left twice

up twice, right flipping switch, left flipping switch, down twice, right twice, up twice flipping switch

left, up twice, right twice, down twice flipping switch, right twice flipping switch, up twice

left four times, down twice, right three times, left three times, up twice, right four times

down twice, left, down twice,left twice, up twice, right three times flipping switch

up twice, left four times, down twice, right three times, left three times, up twice, right four times

down twice, left flipping switch, down twice, up twice, right, up twice, left four times

down twice, right, down twice, right four times, up

A big thanks to Boopbug for writing this walkthrough!Posted by: Pam | April 6, 2009 1:50 PM