This mobile title really does deliver that old school playground experience where the floor has literally become lava. You get to live out the fantasies of pretending the floor is lava, but seeing that it actually is. This takes place in school type environments, and it’ll give you a splash of nostalgia as you play.
The parkour elements are somewhat new in that regard, but for the younger audience out there it makes sense as that is popular now. This is an interesting experience that you can hop, climb and work through alone or with up to four friends in a sort of drop-in/drop-out multiplayer. There are many challenges in this, and a fair number of levels present.
It’s about traversing a series of lava filled areas by either running, jumping, climbing, swinging or taking a boost to reach places. It largely handles well and I didn’t have too many issues with it. The checkpoint system is also generally fine which helps eliminate frustration.
I didn’t find this to be anything too complex, most of it is just interacting at the right times. They do a good job of presenting multiple unique locations and always changing up what’s going on. It also features controller support which was great, I plugged in a Xbox One controller and was having a smoother time. I found the touch controls to also be a fine way to handle this experience.
Hot Lava is a solid parkour title that brings the imagination of escaping a room filled with lava to life in a virtual world. There’s a decent amount of content present within this as you work through a number of rooms, all themed around classic playground style environments.
You’ll be doing all sorts of sleek moves in order to stay away from that toxic floor and it was visually impressive on the mobile device. I thought it looked great, was generally clean in terms of the presentation and it handled well enough. It was definitely better than I had anticipated, that’s for sure.
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