Escape from Age of Monsters, a visually-attractive endless runner developed by Massive Joe Studios and published by Ayopa Games, is now available from the app store. With challenging color-coded control mechanics, a rocking soundtrack, and impressive graphics, Escape from Age of Monsters may be a mouthful, but it’s also an engaging offering.
Escape from Age of Monsters Pros:
- Beautiful hand-drawn graphics and highly polished presentation
- Rocking soundtrack
- Responsive tap and swipe controls
- Lots of fun objectives to meet and collectibles to unlock
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements to earn
Escape from Age of Monsters Cons:
- Difficult to determine correct timing to earn perfect punch
- Twitch gameplay is surprisingly challenging
- Unlocks require a ridiculous number of coins
- Not universal
After the monsters rise to power, our last hope lies in a pair of mysterious red and blue gloves that compel our hero, Gizzard, to take action and make a last ditch effort to lead himself and a couple of fleet-footed tots to safety. Each level takes place within a crumbling building as you trot relentlessly to your right while a horde of baddies charge at you from the screen’s left side. The main obstacles in your path are red and blue walls, which must be punched at the right moment to allow you safe passage. Mis-timing a punch, tapping the wrong side of the screen, or failing to tap at all will cause you to slam into the wall, slowing you momentarily and costing you the life of one of the tailing children that represent your health. When you have no children tailing you, any collision will end your effort. Points are tallied as you run, with bonuses earned for swiping items that float by. These items may afford you coins, reinstate children, boost points, initiate multipliers, and more. Coins can be exchanged for a couple of perks in the store. Completing a series of objectives will unlock items in your Stash House, as well as increase your sustained point multiplier for bigger scores as you press on.
Graphically, the comic-book-quality graphics come from the creativity of Jeff Matsuda, known for his work with the Batman animated series. The animations are very smooth and the colorful and polished look of the game led to a couple of early deaths as we got caught up enjoying the sights. The soundtrack uses some killer guitar riffs and it helps to enhance the frantic action. Tapping the lower-left corner will throw a punch with the red glove, while tapping the lower-right corner jabs with the blue glove. Dragging your finger across floating items will collect them. It requires a good deal of concentration, especially when you enter Turbo Mode after 3 consecutive perfect punches, giving you an opportunity to drive up your score if you can handle the increased speed.
Replay value is pretty good. There are a bunch of collectibles to earn by completing dozens of objectives, and the chance to increase your score by playing a little smarter or a little faster is always present. GameCenter integration provides leaderboards and an achievement system. At $0.99 (or a launch sale price of $0.99 for the iPad-specific HD version), Escape from Age of Monsters is a neat 4-Dimple challenge.
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