Despite being extremely similar to the first game, Curse of the Moon 2 fails to hit the high notes of its predecessor. The new characters don’t play as well as the original cast, making things feel unbalanced and level navigation difficult. On Veteran Mode, there are no checkpoints at the bosses, and given that bosses require memorization to defeat, the lack of them feels like a cheap way to raise the difficulty. Levels are long and full of bottomless pits, which make getting knocked back on taking damage insufferable. Go ahead and stick with the original game–COTM2 doesn’t cut it.