Version Reviewed: 1.03
App Reviewed on: iPad2
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While there may be a cornucopia of endless runner games out on the App Store, there is still room for innovation within the genre. Escape From Doom blends an endless runner and a first-person shooter with some unique controls, lots of goals to work towards, and mummies rising from the dead. Neither Brendan Fraser nor The Rock are included, however.
Escape From Doom is a great experience in which players will have to deal with a hectic first-person endless runner where the faceless on-screen character is escaping from some unknown ancient Egyptian tomb. As evidenced in many movies this, of course, never leads to anything good. Throughout the game players will have to find gems and keys hidden in urns, which then allows them to get guns, weapons, and ammunition in order to take out members of the undead. Players can buy upgrades with the gems and get in-game weapons by using the keys to unlock chests they find.
The controls are what make it interesting. Movement to either side of where the protagonist runs is done by holding down either side of the screen as the default movement scheme, and firing of any weapons is done by pressing the center. This is all nice and good, though it can be a tad cumbersome on the iPad considering players will probably be using their thumbs on both sides to move. Although they do have the ability to change the movement mechanism to utilize the gyroscope, which makes it a lot easier to use the weapons found in chests.
But the key to success in Escape from Doom is to avoid the killer mummies that appear everywhere throughout the desert. What makes this even more difficult is the occasional sandstorm, or enclosed spaces when traveling through another structure. This is where using the weapons becomes more important, as they help one plow through a space rather than trying to quickly strafe from side to side to avoid enemies.
Escape from Doom is a notch above other endless runners in that it gives players an opportunity to fight back against the baddies and obstacles they face through a first person interface. This is a great system, though the default control scheme doesn't work all that well on an iPad. With some pretty good graphics, fun gameplay, and an app that doesn’t contain any hidden in-app purchases, Escape from Doom makes for a great and addictive game.