Inertia: Escape Velocity iPad Review

Red Fly Studios' Inertia: Escape Velocity HD is a third person platform game set in deep space. You play as Hermes, a scavenger that controls gravity at will.

Each stage tasks you with collecting a specific amount of scrap to proceed to the next level and unlock different worlds throughout the game. To succeed, you must quickly traverse each location, jumping across gaps, floating to new areas and narrowly avoiding hazards while grabbing every piece of space junk you can. The faster this happens, the more badges you'll earn.

Going in, we were concerned about the controls, but any doubt we had about this title was put to rest once we got our hands on it. The developers did a great job, with left/right buttons, as well as jump and gravity icons that make playing the game much easier than expected. In other words, the controls won't kill Hermes. You will.

Most of the fun, therefore, comes from trying to gather each bit of scrap as quickly as possible, paying close attention to a board's layout and narrowly missing dangerous electric currents while crashing through force fields.

The only thing that bothers us is the price. Red Fly wants $3.99 for the HD version (there's a non HD version on iPhone for $1.99), then an additional $0.99 for the Inferno Level Pack. Five bucks won't break the bank, but it does seem a bit high for a game that, admittedly, feels like a $0.99 package.

Spend the cash, though, and you'll discover an entertaining outer space romp with plenty of replay value, so long as you aim high on the OpenFeint leaderboards.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Download Inertia: Escape Velocity HD (works on both iPhone and iPad)

Download Inertia: Escape Velocity (iPhone only, not HD)


What's Hot: Over 35 gravity defying levels, performing speed runs, universal HD version.

What's Not: Seems a bit overpriced.