Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Rooftop Escape offers an experience that many players will have seen before. It's an endless falling game that requires nothing more than a tap to the left or right to adjust how the character falls. It's extraordinarily simple but in turn, it's also really quite compelling.
As the player falls, points are gradually acquired by how far the fall lasts. Hitting clotheslines slows progress down making it much easier for the player to carefully dodge the ledges that, if hit, end the game. To add a bit more to the title, Rooftop Escape offers players objectives to complete. These are requirements such as falling through 10 clotheslines in one game, acquiring a certain score or lasting for a specific length of time. Completing these objectives provide the player with higher score multiplies which then increase the potential high scores that can be gained.
Rooftop Escape is primarily focused on high scores so this helps a lot in the player's effort to reach the top of the OpenFeint leaderboard. It's a nice touch too giving a bit more purpose to the title than simply falling for as long as possible. A series of achievements also adds to this enjoyment.
Ultimately though, the title is more about passing the time. This isn't a game that offers any depth or strategy. Instead it's all about reacting quickly and tapping to the left or right of the screen fast enough to pass the next ledge. As each game is different and offers random allocation of clotheslines and ledges, there's nothing to memorize to ensure success. This is twitch gaming at its most obvious.
Rooftop Escape is a very simple game but it's fun. The controls are accurate and appropriate and the aesthestics are basic but original. It all makes for an uncomplicated but enjoyable game. One that players will no doubt find themselves retreating to when they want a quick five minute session of something.