Volcano Escape Review
- Detailed 3D visuals; varied environments and enemies.
- Multiple unlockable characters each with their own catchphrases.
- Unique combination of platforming and twin-stick shooting; requires some time to master.
- Floating jumping takes time to get used to; also makes it hard to wall-slide/jump.
- Enemy corpses unintentionally more hazardous than when they're alive.
- Seemingly pointless addition of a 'power-down'; difficulty already high enough without it.
Decent graphics and a fun, unique idea aren't enough to keep Volcano Escape above the rising flow of lava and you're likely to be burned by this challenging endless vertical platformer.
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I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when Volcano Escape was first discussed as the combination of traditional platforming with twin-stick controls is extremely unique and potentially difficult to pull off. However, true to the literal translation of their company name, Bravo Game Studios has taken up the challenge and now you have the chance to control one of six different characters as they try to escape their fate as a char-grilled sacrifice.
Moving around the screen is certainly simple enough thanks to the responsive analogue stick setup that also provides the ability to shoot in 360 degrees around your character. However, for a game designed around your ability to survive via jumping, the positioning of the jump button above the shooting stick can be disastrous to your progression. This is further exacerbated the floating jump style that takes a while to get used to as you try to judge just how long you'll be in the air versus whether or not you'll be able to take out the enemies in your way.
In what feels like a rolling snowball of frustrating issues, killing enemies provides a convenient way to temporarily escape death by acting as a stepping stone on the rising lava, however more often than not these corpses end up as blockades that prevent you from being able to jump up or run through available passages. Power-ups including various weapons and jet-packs provide alternative methods for staying alive for longer, but they can just as easily go to waste if you haven't practiced your platforming skills.
Volcano Escape's unique concept and beautiful visuals provide a brief glimmer of what could be an exciting casual title, but with so much time and effort being required to render the game playable this glimmer quickly fades away. Only worth grabbing if you don't mind subjecting yourself to a challenging learning curve.
DescriptionIf You cant stand the heat –get out of the Volcano!
Featured by Apple in "GREAT PLATFORMERS" section.
"Never Has Lava Looked So Lovely!"
"I'd be quick to recommend Volcano Escape as a "don't miss" title to any iPhone gamer that enjoys a steep challenge."
148 apps 4/5
“Hot like Lava"
"This action-influenced vertical platformer will be appealing to gamers looking for something a bit different from other games in the genre".
This classic action platformer will take you on a vacation-turned-nightmare as you try to climb out of a volcano and destroy the tribal minions of the volcano god hell bent on a Charlie Bravo barbecue!
Wielding a whole host of discarded weaponry (previous sacrificial offerings!) including jet packs, grenade launchers and shotguns use skill, cunning and downright aggression to guide our hero to safety!
Introducing Colonel Charlie Bravo, decorated war veteran and all round hero! Charlie recently disappeared whilst taking his summer vacation, only to resurface as a sacrificial offering to appease the lava gods!
HOT HOT HOT!
Action Platform game bought to life with rich 3D graphics all utilizing Retina Display.
Utilize a whole host of power-ups and weaponry to defeat the evil lava god minions.
In a unique twist – shoot the minions and turn them to stone which can then be used as platforms to get higher!
CHARLIE AND FRIENDS
Gather collectibles and unlock new playable characters.
OUTRUN YOUR FRIENDS
Submit your scores to Facebook and Twitter and see which one of your friends and followers has what it takes to escape.
OUTRUN THE WORLD
Global leaderboards and achievements show how you match up to the world’s best escape artists.
RACE AGAINST YOUR CHALLENGERS
Game Center support allows you to invite your friends to the game as well as be thrown into the volcano by others.
PLAY IN YOUR TRIBE’S TONGUE
The game is fully available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
A NEVER ENDING CHALLENGE
Achievements and upgrades will keep you running for your life.
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- “New and Noteworthy” in App Store, May 2011
*** IMPORTANT NOTE ON DOWNLOADING & COMPATIBLE DEVICES ***
• Confirm Your Device Is Compatible – VOLCANO ESCAPE is ONLY compatible with 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch devices along with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad. Before downloading, please check the back of your device to make sure that it matches the system requirements.
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What's New in Version 1.1****VOLCANO ESCAPE 1.1 NOW AVAILABLE!!!****
Download now for the best game experience yet. Improvements, additions, and optimizations include:
- Bug Fixes! There weren't many but we destroyed those little critters!
- Optimizations in the gameplay. It now runs faster than ever before!
- We’ve also fixed a minor problem when posting the score in Facebook
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