Volcano Escape review (iPod/iPhone)

February 19, 2011


  • 10 word description: Vertical endless platform action. Rising lava; run, jump and shoot.
  • 10 word review: Great style and graphics let down by controls and lag. Update – performance on 4th gen devices is much better than on my 3rd gen iPod Touch.
  • You will like this if you enjoy: Endless running/climbing games or platform games.
  • The good news: Graphically impressive, not blatantly derivative, theme and style work well with the format of the game.
  • The bad news: Control placement is awkward and unintuitive. Lag reduces enjoyment and can be fairly blamed for most deaths.

That weird icon, just over half way up the right hand side of the screen ... that's your jump button. Hmmm...

Arcadelife verdict: Initially, this game looked great. I loved the style and the platform/shooting action, however the laggy performance and bizarre position of the jump button started to interfere with my enjoyment quite quickly. The game requires fast reactions and some accurate jumping in order to survive; anything less than a consistently smooth framerate really spoils your chances and your fun. Having the jump button more than half way up the screen is just wrong. If you can’t agree on what your testers think is optimal button placement, just add an option to move the buttons around. That should be a default for this type of game, at least as far as I’m concerned. If the framerate and controls are sorted out – and that can’t be too hard to do – this game will be fantastic. 

Update: I have played this on a 4th gen iPod Touch and it is much better. Performance is good although I’d still like an option to move the controls.

It looks gorgeous, just needs a few basic tweaks to truly shine

iTunes link: Volcano Escape



  1. sounds like a small update might make this one worth picking up. Will keep an eye on it 🙂

  2. […] original review of Volcano Escape I had problems with the performance and controls. I have subsequently played it […]

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