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Whether by good old-fashioned breakout or tunneling out unseen, an escape is an essential part of any good prison tale. In the case of Adult Swim’s Super Mole Escape, it’s the main event. Choosing from a number of unlockable mole convicts with varying speed, strength and stamina, Super Mole Escape is an arcade-style endless runner fashioned downward, using simple touch or tilt controls to direct your detainee’s path as they descend deep into the earth.
Your getaway won’t be clean. The mole prison warden is in hot pursuit, and the randomly generated environments offer their own unique obstacles. Unlike many endless runners, Super Mole Escape’s focus on speed is what makes it so entertaining; collecting strings of colored gems will give you a temporary speed boost, making it harder to control your mole’s movement. At the same time, collecting several consecutive full sets of these zigzag patterned stones will send your mammalian malcontent flying, simultaneously achieving breakneck speeds while hindering your ability to steer.
The bigger obstacles are the barriers of the changing environments, which move comically from the molten center of the earth to underground ice villages and back in a matter of minutes. Aside from tough rocks, which take precious seconds to break through, natural hazards will also, say, freeze or singe your mole, causing enough delay to be caught by the warden.
Luckily, scattered crates hold speed and support power-ups, and collecting three diamonds in one game gives you a wonderfully ridiculous mole-mech driller that tears through nearly everything in its path. That collected gems are currency to upgrade your mole’s stats certainly doesn’t hurt. The obstacles can be cheap, but Super Mole Escape’s personality is infectious.
The bottom line. Addictive yet challenging, Super Mole Escape can be hard to put down.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later
Fast pick-up-and-play approach. Slick production values. Upgrading stats and besting scores is addicting.
Hard to steer and easy to run into enemies at higher speeds. Some environmental traps are pretty cheap. Only a handful of environments.