Hot Lava is the Apple Arcade exclusive that brings a childhood game to life. Based on the game that many children played, the floor is lava. The objective is simple, the floor has been consumed by lava and the player mustn’t fall in. A simple concept but how is the execution?
Hot Lava Story
Although there isn’t a plot here other than the aforementioned objective, which works brilliantly. Apple Arcade is filled with a variety of games ranging from lore heavy titles to pick up and play games. Hot Lava is one that is in its unique category but filled with fun and a challenge.
The best way to describe the game in a brief manner is to compare it to Fall Guys. Fall Guys does not have a backstory for character development or even a story. However the objective is more than enough to hook the player in, as it channels into a possible childhood memory or two.
Hot Commodity or Hot Mess Gameplay?
Let’s start off with a major note for Hot Lava, it’s fun but at times it’s furiously annoying. It’s childish environmental charm works wonders from living rooms to school gymnasiums. Each arena is full of wonder and challenge, never is a dull moment to play.
Nevertheless there are a few particular levels that seem more like a chore rather than having fun. There is one level where the player has to chase the in game sister throughout a level. This sounds fine however, the sister moves flawlessly and with such speed it becomes difficult to keep up. Not only this, if the player pauses their game, the game continues in the background. This means the player’s sister continues to hop along whilst they’re staying still.
Another slight issue with Hot Lava is that touch screen controls are unbearable. Turning the character requires physical motion with the Apple device, except for Apple TV devices. Luckily this title is compatible with Bluetooth controllers which makes gameplay more accessible and importantly, fun.
In Hot Lava, characters and character customisation items can be unlocked throughout. For gamers who enjoy creating their unique character this is a win. Being able to add items to already uniquely designed characters is a major bonus. There is more to customise here than on Assassins Creed Valhalla.
The Final Verdict
Although this title is not ideal with touch controls it is an engaging experience once a Bluetooth controller is connected. A controller takes this game from a hot mess of a mobile port to a neat little indie title that many can enjoy. Sticking with neat things, the visuals are a key attraction point as is the gameplay, both are simple with some minor niggles but both charming.
For those who are thinking about signing up to Apple Arcade, we already recommend the service. In regards to Hot Lava it’s a fun little game that is worth gamers’ attention. I shall give Hot Lava a score of 7 out of 10.
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