Gorillaz - Escape to Plastic Beach Review
- Smooth and snappy hang-glider maneuvering.
- Fun, colorful visual style.
- Mixed down tracks from the album.
- Short to play-through.
- Few attractive replay options.
Dive-bombing and sailing through the air as Murdoc in 'Gorillaz - Escape to Plastic Beach' is a fun, albeit brief experience for fans to check out.
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Ever since the turn of the century Gorillaz has gone from a funky project by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and has turned in to a multimedia juggernaut that threatens to consume us all (this may or may not be entirely out of proportion to reality). 'Gorillaz - Escape to Plastic Beach' by Matmi is the latest in media tie-ins for the band and you'll get to take control of the deranged Murdoc as he attempts to reign in the band and defend their island home.
Murdoc takes flight in a customized hang-glider and can easily be maneuvered thanks to simple tilt controls. Tapping the screen enables your machine guns for shooting down various targets including any vehicles 2D manages to escape with. Once the main mission is completed players can explore the area to collect bonuses and sail around the vast 3D world to earn more points for their final score.
It goes without saying that the game is dripping with Jamie Hewlett's classic comic-book style and it works amazingly well in 3D. Unfortunately the iPhone version uses low detail models and textures that look incredibly bland from a distance, which is fairly often if you take the time to explore.
Ultimately this is a fairly short game and without more of a story it just seems like a random sequence of excuses to go for a quick spin in the glider. While it's great to jump in to the Gorillaz 'world' for a short time, Escape to Plastic Beach feels too brief and repetitive to make this a long-lasting game even for fans of the band.
DescriptionMatmi and the Gorillaz join forces to bring “Escape From Plastic Beach”, the latest Gorillaz game, to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
‘If you enjoy the Gorillaz universe (and who doesn't?), you'll get a snapshot of entertainment out of the game... it pushes forward the bands' weird narrative and adds yet another layer to their increasingly labyrinthine collection of mediums they dabble in.’
By Thorin Klosowski - blogs.westword.com
‘You’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of hectic battles against ships, planes, and who knows what-else as you swoop, glide, and bank furiously around the visually pleasant 3D environments.’
‘…this game gets an A+ for imagination. It might be strange imagination, but thought was obviously put into the app... If you are looking for a novel app to show off to your iPad friends, Gorillaz-Escape to Plastic Beach is a good choice"
About the game:
Escape to Plastic Beach is a 3D action game in which Murdoc floats and fights above Plastic Beach HQ on his Doom Glider to foil 2D’s repeated escape attempts whilst battling ghost pirate ships, and a mix of other hazards and obstacles.
Designed especially for the tilt controls of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and featuring eight exciting levels of gun-toting, gliding actions in full 3D, as well as designs from Jamie Hewlett, and music and voice-overs from the band themselves, “Escape From Plastic Beach” is a must-have app for any Gorillaz fan.
“Escape to Plastic” Beach Features
Eight Exciting Levels – Fight, fly and fire your way through eight levels of Gorillaz action with varied goals and missions and a whole bundle of hazards and enemies to deal with.
Amazing 3D graphics – Plastic Beach is recreated in full 3D, with designs from Jamie Hewlett, designer of the Gorillaz.
Awesome Sounds – Gorillaz soundtrack from the Plastic Beach album and voiceovers from the band themselves!
Global Scoreboard – Compete against your friends or even total strangers by posting your score.
Made by Matmi
(Winners of best mobile game of the year 2009 at the Roses awards)
What's New in Version 1.1Highscore update.
Reduced memory usage.