verticus
Metacritic: 70/100
Release: Nov 2012
Reviewed on: iOS

Verticus

Site Score
8.5
Good: Unique gameplay – Plenty of content
Bad: Takes too long between games
User Score
7.8
(6 votes)
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Why run when you can fall? Unlike other endless runners Verticus has you falling through the sky, there are no lanes or paths here to limit your freedom with a complete 360 degrees of area for you to glide through.

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Verticus gives you a brief background of why it’s your job to fall endlessly from the sky to save the human race before plunging you into your a tutorial mission that shows you all the basics that you’ll need to master to get through falling in one piece.

The game uses a more traditional joystick which gives you much greater control over your character movements then most endless runners. This gives you the full range of 360 movement to dodge enemy mines, collect coins, activate power ups or pick up items to repair your suit.

As you would imagine falling from the sky is a fast experience and Verticus captures this quite well, for those that want to add even more speed there are a number of green speed rings that you can pass through to make your decent to Earth even faster. Verticus is split into four distinct areas (sky, city, underground caves and Earth’s core) to help you gauge how successful each individual run is going. Each of these areas comes with their own obstacles to keep the game interesting from your first to last randomised run.

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If you hope to reach the Earth’s core though you’ll need to carefully use the coins that you collect towards various upgrades. These include different suits that come with different advantages to improved powerups, weapons (that are on a cooldown) and extra health or armour. Having a refillable weapon at your disposal is a great addition to Verticus and gives you that backup option if you find yourself surrounded by mines.

Verticus is much more fun than your typical endless runner with all the depth you need to enjoy over and over again. Do yourself a favour and try Verticus, it won’t disappoint.

Summary:

  • Fall through the sky through 4 different environments.
  • Dodge mines and enemies.
  • Upgrade your suit, weapons and health to reach further distances.
  • Complete 360 movement gives you great control.
  • Exclusive to iOS.

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Verticus, 7.8 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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