Developer: WitchHut
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Cute if a little unremarkable, Sewer Escape will pass the time nicely, but don’t expect anything too exciting or exceptional here.

A vertical Endless Leaper of sorts, it’s easy to make comparisons to Doodle Jump. With a loose story set around escaping the laboratory of a mad scientist, players must guide an hamster upwards, hopefully making his way to freedom. This is done through regular tapping of the hamster, in order to propel him ever skywards. It’s a simple mechanic but one that can prove rather challenging.

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Besides getting the taps just right in order to keep the hamster flying upwards, and avoiding the various themed obstacles, players must also collect the coins scattered around the game. The coins are collected through the swipe of a finger, adding another fast paced way of interacting. On the plus side, there’s no occasional moment of boredom which can happen in the early stages of other Endless games.

Those coins are connected to an upgrade system, which boosts the fun that can be had, but still keeps things fairly predictable. Items such as magnets or more powerful means in which to fly are fairly commonplace. They do add a bit of an extra dimension to an otherwise satisfactory if safe title. As things progress, each addition does help, although I didn’t find the gameplay changing hugely, merely the backdrops as the hamster gets nearer to freedom.

Sewer Escape keeps it cute and light, with some charming graphics and entertaining lines of dialogue. However, it struggles to stand out amongst the wealth of other Endless games, even despite its unusual choice of going with the landscape perspective rather than the portrait view. Lacking some original spark, Sewer Escape is a briefly fun distraction rather than a full blown delight.

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