Rope Escape for Android review: Not very attractive, but still hard to put down

Rope Escape (Android)

(Part #: com.hyperkani.rope)


4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Rope Escape offers some unique, addictive gameplay that's easy to learn and great for pick-up-and-play action.

The Bad Graphics aren't so hot. New environments would help break up the visual monotony.

The Bottom Line Don't let the cheesy graphics fool you. Rope Escape is an addictive and unique side-scrolling runner that is well worth the download.

8.2 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 6.0
  • Performance 10.0

Currently a Google Play Editors' Choice title, Rope Escape offers its own take on the side-scrolling distance running game. In it, your main objective is to simply travel as far to the right as you can by using your rope to swing from objects, Spider-Man-style.

While other games in the genre, like Jetpack Joyride, keep the screen moving laterally at a pretty consistent pace, Rope Escape differs in that it can change speeds in an instant. One second you might be hurtling through the sky at a rocket's pace, and another you might find yourself tethered to a stationary tree. In fact, unlike in Jetpack Joyride, you can even move backward. Also, because you can swing to different altitudes, much of the game scrolls up and down as well as left to right. Still, with all of the different movement options, your goal is to travel as many meters to the right as possible.

To start the game, simply tap the screen to catapult yourself into the air. Once you're up, your challenge is to stay there by latching onto objects with your rope and swing from one to the next. One tap shoots your rope out, and another lets go. In order to maintain your forward momentum, you must time your swings (and your taps) just right. If you hit the ground, your game is over.

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Rocks can be found flying in through the air in both directions. Be careful which ones you latch onto. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

The lowest portion of the screen is lined with trees, which act as your bread-and-butter swinging platforms. Meanwhile, other potential targets for your rope are flying rocks, zeppelins (which can usually be found flying just above the trees), and even UFOs, if you can propel yourself high enough into the atmosphere. There are also coins you can collect (for buying upgrades) and various special items that can help you in your journey. Rockets give you a quick boost across the screen.

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