Have you ever wondered how it would be like to completely obliterate an inanimate object? Of course, buying a doll to experiment with is one thing but getting enchanted swords, axes and even vertical maneuvering equipment (hello Attack on Titan fans) is certainly a tall order. With that said, why not just throw all your pent up frustrations on a virtual dummy instead? Mutilate a Doll 2 is hardly a game, rather, it is an experience. As you may have guessed, all you need to do here is to torture a doll until just bits and pieces are left behind. So how do you do that, you ask? Well, therein lies the beauty of the system. You don't just get a handful of options to choose from. You get a lot of them and more.
While you aren't exactly given a thousand things to work with, there aren't really any rules restricting what you can use either. At the start, you are given one virtual rag doll to work with. There are different menus you can access to start picking on the dummy. From enchanted staffs to fireballs, there's no one way to enjoy this wacky title. And, if you don't think one dummy is enough for your wicked plans, there's always the option to add more. In fact, you can add a whole gang to the stage if you want. Now that's a party.
What we really liked about this title is that it allows you to store a doll or stage for later play. What this means is that once you've put all the elements you want in their proper place, you can save and reload as much as you want. You can also edit the stick man to resemble anybody you want. Each part is separately stored so you control the colors and the overall look.
This makes it so you can recreate scenes from your favorite shows of even make your very own scene from scratch and come back to it later. This option is also handy for when you're trying to get things perfect and your rag doll just wants to keep waving its jelly arms which ruins your perfect take.
So you've got a brilliant idea for a scene and you would have loved to make it happen but you check the list and even with the plethora of options available, somehow you can't find what you're looking for. Should you settle for a shock stick when you want to use a, say, Mollusk Launcher from Saint's Row the Third. What do you do? Well you can always suggest it to the developer for the game's next update. While this doesn't guarantee that you'll finally be able to launch an octopus in style, it does open the possibility of something similar being included.
Have you ever thought about slapping a rude person silly? Perhaps you've imagined splashing an officemate with a bucket of icy cold water or have actually had to shred some doodles outlining your wicked plans to behead someone. Feeling ashamed? Come on, we've all done it at one point in our lives. While it may be a little too violent for some, Mutilate a Doll 2 does let you relieve stress which is actually the best way to keep from getting a little too cranky. Also, the Levels included allow you to stage epic battles so you can relive your favorite movie moments. Slay a gigantic alien or go one on one against a formidable Titan if that's what your heart wants. Of course, it's more than likely that both hero and foe will be totally obliterated by the end of your little session but that's totally fine. You can just reload the level and wreak havoc once more.
Now, while Mutilate a Doll 2 does let you blow some steam off without actually hurting anyone in real life, its uses are pretty limited and we would like to see more thought put into the next game should the developers decide to commit to making a third. Sure, having the ability to experiment with a variety of different stages and being able to save your very own rag doll can be fun at first but once you've gotten used to all the 2D blood and gore, there's really nothing else left to do. We're not saying that the Mutilate a Doll series should be reinvented into an adventure title, but there should be something else to fill the time. Perhaps a few puzzle stages where you'll need to employ some brutal strategy to escape would be a great way to really make this title feel like a game. Regardless, these Mutilate the Doll style games are truly unique and should have a place in your must-play list. It may be lacking in some aspects but the positives that it has, the developer keeps expanding upon.