Casual Fridays – William and Sly 2

This Casual Friday, because there hasn’t been one in a while, leads me to believe that I need to do one game at a time rather than a bunch of them.  This way, they can still get done rather than having me sit there and worry about not doing them.

This Friday we’re going to be talking about a lovely little platform game that’s been out for a while.

William and Sly 2

I don’t know if you played the first William and Sly, but if you didn’t here’s a quick run down.  You play Sly, a cute adorable fox, looking for mushrooms for your friend William.  There are shadow creatures about the place that you have to avoid on your journey to get the mushrooms.  It’s a great game.

The second one is better.

A shirtless young man sits in a lounge chair, while a small red fox sits curiously.

First of all they upgraded the graphics so the look of the game is far more lush and layered than the first one.  Which isn’t to say that the first one is bad, far from it, but they really took their time to layer everything really well.  Which is important because you will spend about eighty percent of your game exploring the place, and you won’t mind in the least.

The goal of the game is to find all the missing pages that some gnomes tore out of William’s journal.  He’s not to stressed about it, really he’s just sitting there lounging but you’re a helpful fox friend!  It’s your job to worry about the pages that the gnomes tore out of the journal.  Also, it’s an excuse to go out and get your favourite thing in the world … mushrooms!

This game is the type of game a lot of other platformers need to look at in regards to what can be done.  There are tonnes of secret places that you’re going to need to discover, so you’ll be travelling the map back and forth again and again.  There isn’t a lot of extra stuff on the screen, but then again there’s nothing remotely resembling combat here so you don’t need to keep a life counter or a point tracker or anything that might take away from the backgrounds.

You also have options, you can just go and get all the pieces of the journal and solve only the bare minimum when it comes to the puzzles.  You can also decide which extra bits that you want to complete. The mushrooms, for instance, are a complete and utter side quest that you don’t need to do but you get nifty titles when you complete the game.  I know it made me want to go back and play the game again.


Totally Arbitrary and Random Number Value: /\ /\ /\ /\ /\  5 delicious mushroom … delicious, delicious mushrooms.


About Jonathan

Jonathan is straight cis-white male parent who does his best to make sure the laundry's done every day, but usually fails miserably at it. He does the Border House's Casual Fridays, as well as any other review stuff that he gets his hand on. He also writes, and blogs about table top games as Firestorm Ink and The Gamish Designer.
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4 Responses to Casual Fridays – William and Sly 2

  1. Ra-chan says:

    Wow, I had never heard of this or the previous game, but I love it! MUST SOLVE!!

  2. Matt says:

    I think I got sick of the music after the first two hours.

    I’m stuck.

    Do the earth and water ahmnis do anything at all? And I’ve heard there’s a glitch that keeps you from completing the game if you’ve hoarded too many keys – would anyone know the exact number? (I’m pretty sure I had three at one point, possibly even more)

  3. Batz says:

    Really enjoying this game. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Both of these are among my favorites of all time, though the boss at the end of the first one can be frustrating. I should really play them again soon.

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