Game Review: Tilt to Live
Release: February 24, 2010
Developer: One Man Left Studios
Available Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: Unrated (but safe for everyone)
The gist is simple: by tilting your iPhone/iPod, you move your little white arrow around the arena that is your screen. As you zip around, red dots will appear and begin their pursuit, attempting to corner and “kill” you. Luckily, various power-ups will appear to help you cope. There are homing missles, laser blasts, bubble shields, and more, but only three will appear on screen at any given time. It’s your job to survive as long as possible — the longer you last, the quicker the dots spawn, the harder it gets. It is, more or less, a defensive Geometry Wars.
That, alone, was worth the two bucks I dropped on Tilt to Live. But then an update came along that added not one but two more modes of play: Code Red and Gauntlet.
Code Red is like Classic mode…if Classic mode were hopped up on copious amounts of caffeine. Basically, Code Red does in twenty seconds what Classic does in two minutes. The rewards are greater, but “death” comes quickly.
Finally there is Gauntlet, an obstacle course for your little arrow buddy. Here your goal is to navigate the scrolling course until a) you’ve lost your three lives or b) you run out of time (which can be replenished by picking up time orbs).
No matter which mode you play, you’re goal is always to best your previous score/time/distance, all the while earning achievements. Yes, you heard me right; achievements.
Honestly, I can’t find a single fault with the game. The controls are extremely responsive, so, a vast majority of the time, if you die, it’s not the game’s fault. Also, typically, games will last between two and five minutes, so it’s easy to play anywhere, at any time. There is even an element of humor as the loading screens are equipped with little quips and comments.
Final Say: Tilt to Live is, without a doubt, one of the best investments I’ve made on my iPhone. It’s always there, and I frequently find myself loading it up for a few quick games. If you’ve read up to this point and you’re still not sure, watch the trailer below to the game in action, but, honestly, you can’t go wrong with Tilt to Live.