Le Vamp Review
- Publisher: High Voltage Software
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 14 Mar, 2013
- Size: 189.2 MB
- Price: FREE!
- Great visual style. Plenty to keep you occupied during gameplay. Nice store pricing.
- Disastrous framerate issues on older phones.
- That single music track gets annoying fast.
An endless runner that gives you plenty to do and paces its power-ups and upgrades well. Framerate issues cause it to be more frustrating than fun.
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Oh the woes of being a vampire child. You want to go outside and play... but you're a vampire! In Le Vamp, it's up to you as the player to protect the titular tike as he frolics through the forest, and by frolic, I mean evading capture by an angry mob of villagers, staying nourished on delicious blood pigs, avoiding the sunlight, and not getting hamstrung by all the other nasty things that lurk with-in. It's a harder job than it sounds.
Every obstacle has a gesture assigned to it. Flinging blood pigs into Le Vamp's gaping maw will keep him running ahead of the villagers. Swiping to cut down trees will cover streams, swiping up and down will eradicate foes, holding your finger on the sun will stop its harm, and tapping coins will collect your monetary rewards (for use in the shop later). As you travel, the obstacles get faster and while early on you had some leeway if making a mistake, this becomes no longer the case. When the villagers dog-pile on you, you know the game is over.
One thing going for Le Vamp is an almost claymation style to its visuals, and the background having objects to interact with as well as the foreground. Because of the differing swipes, there's always something to do, and while the shop prices are kind of reasonable, if not a little high, the missions start off kind of difficult when it comes to the goals (especially when just starting out).
Of course this might be because on the 3GS at least, there were intense frame-rate and slowdown issues that rendered the game almost unplayable when things started speeding up. Even at full speed though, this is only a competent endless runner. The style and premise are nice, as is the variety of touch gestures giving the player something to do aside from jump and collect coins, but as the genre stands now, you have to do something drastic to stand out from the pack, and Le Vamp plays it relatively safe.
Description"Le Vamp is a charming, clever runner worth checking out." - Touch Arcade (4.5/5)
HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR AFTERLIFE! Offering a macabre mix of cartoony and cadaverous, Le Vamp's world is brilliantly (re)animated and scarily simple to learn!
Escaping into the night, Le Vamp has managed to upset all the important citizens of France, from mimes to hunchbacks to baguette-wielding gendarmes. As the angry mob pursues our lovable ghoul into the frightful daylight, it’s your job to protect him from sun, running water and mortal foes. Help Le Vamp return safely to his crypt, and gather coins along the way to upgrade his dark powers, or feed him Blood Pigs to keep his healthy, pale complexion!
•••GHOUL-SITTING IS FIENDISHLY CHALLENGING•••
Only your swift flicks and monstrously nimble taps can protect this cute vamp from the evils of sunlight, garlicky pigs, and countless enemies in this fast-paced game of tiny terror on the French terroir:
•UNDEADLY CHALLENGES - Nine hideously adorable enemies and hazards block Le Vamp's fun, including Le Wurst and the dreaded Pumpkin Pile
•DIGITAL FUN - Wield your finger to cut, yank, smash, block, fling and destroy
•SUMMON DARK POWERUPS - Take advantage of black magic like Sunblock, Jitterbeans, and Hypnosis to help Le Vamp overcome obstacles
•UPROARIOUS UPGRADES - Cash in your francs to outfit Le Vamp with Bacon Cologne, Super Fingers and more
•ACHIEVEMENTS - Conquer missions and beat the living daylights out of friends on multiple social networks!
•GLORIOUS GIFTS – Send and receive Francs and power-ups to friends via Facebook!
•NEFARIOUS CHALLENGES – Send and receive challenges to friends to earn even more rewards!
•••BELOVED EVEN BY THE GRUESOMELY LIVING PRESS•••
"We'll stop short of calling Le Vamp revolutionary, but it's one of the more imaginative endless running titles to appear on iPhone and iPad." - Gametrailers
"Between the colorful art style, adorable lead character and more challenging mechanics, Le Vamp is a delightful addition to any smartphone or tablet." - USA Today (3.5/4)
"Le Vamp is a low cost game, but the quality of the overall package belies it, and it could easily be sold for more money." - Gaming Illustrated (82/100)
Enjoy more Le Vamp!
•••BROUGHT TO YOU BY HIGH VOLTAGE SOFTWARE – WE TAKE FUN SERIOUSLY!
•Website - http://high-voltage.com
What's New in Version 1.8.2•No more pesky ads, and the game’s still free! De rien!
•Day/Night cycle. Le Vamp now runs through a world with different times of day. No sun hazards at night, either. Except…
•New enemy! Watch out for the wolfman, Buck! Vampires and werewolves don’t get along, don’t you know.
•Another new enemy! C’est Gelé likes Francs. If you don’t collect Francs, C’est Gelé doesn’t like you! If you don’t have enough Francs when you meet him, it’s game over!
•New variant! Ghost Pigs can be found at night. They’re lighter than normal Blood Pigs, but otherwise still heal Le Vamp with each one eaten. Bon appétit!
•iOS 8 or higher required.