Can Knockdown 2 brings a carnival classic to your Android phone

by Tim McLain

Like most things in life, the "keep it simple, stupid" principle is what separates good from great. Can Knockdown 2 takes the simplest carnival game of all time and renders the experience in rich, satisfying graphics, adds two new timed modes to separate it from its no-cost original version, and will end up being your go-to quick-pickup-game obsession for many weeks to come.

Pick up a virtual ball, and hurl it at the cans. A simple finger-swipe is all it takes to get into the game. Gone are the pushy carnival hustlers trying their best to separate you from your money, and there's nary a Chinese-made plush toy prize in sight.

Instead, the app turns the game into a satisfying arcade experience, serving up never-ending game fields that ramp up considerably in toughness. Be careful with your aim and limit the number of balls needed to take out the cans, and you'll be rewarded with bonus points. Get reckless, and you'll quickly find yourself back at the main menu, with a fully depleted supply of ordnance. It might take a few tries to master each level, but it's time well-spent.

If you're a fan of the original, you'll find the controls to be 100-percent identical. Aim your shot by swiping in any direction. Swipe quickly, and the ball will match your speed. Don't miss the two new timed modes: The first has random cans appearing in your field of view, which can be knocked down or exploded with a perfect hit to their midsection, while the second has cans shooting into view from a series of tubes at the bottom of the screen. Some are fast, others are slow, so you'll need to be on your game.

As we all look forward to heading out to the midway this summer, get your hands on Can Knockdown 2 for a little practice, anywhere, any time. You'll need it!

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