The current world of mobile seems to be focused on pick-up and play endless running games. They come in all sorts, two-dimensional side-way scrollers, three-dimensional forward and backward runners, and in the case of games such as Activision’s Pitfall, a selection of every view possible. Le Vamp by High Voltage Software is an attempt to cash in on the endless running genre, and give it a fun twist with delightfully drawn graphics and a sense of fun that can sometimes be missing from games in this overcrowded genre. Le Vamp himself is a cutely drawn vampire who you must help survive an endless journey.
The bad guys and obstacles come in all shapes and forms, and everyone of them is there to end your journey. Death can come in many ways, such as running into pumpkins, being hit by sunlight, or not creating a bridge fast enough to cross over a river. Variety really is the spice of this game, and the enemies and obstacles are interesting to come across in the game.
There are of course the obligatory coins to collect in the game, and these need to be tapped while they are on the screen. These coins can be used to by the usual selection of power-ups, all of which will aid Le Vamp on his journey and allow the player to get further on their path to a new high score.
Le Vamp is a stunning look game, with all hand drawn graphics in a very nice graphic style. The colour palette is a nice shade of forest browns and greens, and glistening blues for the water. The characters within the game are are very well drawn and animated, and there seems to be a lot of attention of details to every small thing within the game.
The menus are just as exciting as the graphics, in fact every graphical detail within the game during gameplay and on menus is well thought out, well coordinated and of a very high professional finish.
No doubt most mobile gamers play games with the sound turned down. However, Le Vamp is an opportunity to enjoy some great sound effects and tunes while playing. It seems that High Voltage have taken the same time producing sound as they did with the graphics, and because of this it really is a great sounding game.
Le Vamp is a great game, and only suffers from one minor flaw that does let the game down depending on the size of your hands or thumbs. The larger your hand, the more of the screen it covers, hiding the obstacles and bad guys along the way. Because of the nature of the game, the players hands tend to cover the right half of the iPad screen, and during faster and more intense periods this can give you a disadvantage in what is otherwise an excellent game.
Le Vamp is a low cost game, but the quality of the overall package belies it, and it could easily be sold for more money. The game offers a lot too, with a huge endless play area, nine different types of enemy, the ability to use special powers, upgrades and the ability to share and compare scores and trophies with your social network friends.
This is a game well worth downloading, it’s not a huge download at only just under 49MB, so won’t take up too much room on your mobile device. It’s available now for iOS devices.
A copy of the game was provided to Gaming Illustrated for the purpose of this review.