Fire Escapes review (iOS / Universal)

October 17, 2012

“Fireman Sam and all the crew, they’ll be there to rescue you”

10 word description: Bouncing babies retro game updated for iOS. Save the babies!

10 word review: Very simple and rather addictive. More modes would be nice.

You will like this if you enjoy: Simple, retro/arcade style games.

The good news: Graphics, sound, controls, performance, UI and overall feel of the game are all pretty much spot on. It’s very easy to play with a progressive difficulty curve.

The bad news: There’s only one mode, which feels like a missed opportunity. There’s no high score table or even a high score display on the main game screen; you have to look on Game Center to see your own highest score. I’d love to see a high score displayed on the game screen while playing, just to give me a target to beat.

Arcadelife verdict: Fire Escapes works really well, borrowing heavily from an original 1984 incarnation (Bouncing Babies – MS-DOS) and translating convincingly as a pick-up-and-play touch screen game. Sure it’s limited, shallow, pretty repetitive, and arguably not a very politically correct theme for a game, but it nails that one-more-go high score chasing hook, pulling you back again and again. Shame there’s no in-game high score – maybe they can add that just for me. Although it has a handful of GC achievements to add a bit of an extra challenge, I think some more game modes would raise the appeal of the game and make it a much more entertaining app.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 7.5/10
Audio – 7.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 3.5/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 72/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1.1
iTunes link

Fire Escapes website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6)
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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