Slip Away is an underwater arcade game where you try to go as high as you can while avoiding certain death from all the obstacles in your way. The game starts immediately when you load the application and with no more instructions than to tap left and right, you are sent on your adventure. I felt a bit unprepared at first, but as soon as my second tap, I understood how easy the controls were. Bass-heavy dubstep music accompanies you in your trials, giving the atmosphere something quite unique and engaging. The game does recommend the use of headphones so total immersion and I would second that suggestion.
You move like a jellyfish very fluidly, a little bit left, a little bit right, as smoothly as you can manage. You do your best to avoid the sharp rocks, the nasty spikes, unforgiving lasers and underwater mines thrown in your path. When you don’t tap your screen, gravity takes a toll and you go down. You can see how that can become dangerous when there is so many spikes and sharp rocks under you. Since this is a free game, it sustain itself with video advertisements. Those ads will show up after every third try. This seemed quite acceptable to me and not too invasive.
You will collect some currency in the form of colorful lozenges through your adventures and you can unlock different jellyfish-like creatures to use as your character. The path and the obstacles on your way will change each time you make a new attempt at playing. This certainly keeps things fresh and interesting. It also, in a way, add a layer of challenge as you can’t memorize your steps to reach your high score.
A good advice to keep in mind with Slip Away is to avoid being drawn to go too fast. You can take your time to maneuver the tights spots. Going too fast, in the end, just means you are going to die faster. You may as well slow down and enjoy the journey. I wound the game to me challenging but in a positive way, free of frustration. I didn’t manage to get a very high score, even with my best attempts, but the fact remains I had genuine fun while playing Slip Away and I recommend it in a heartbeat.
Nancy loves cherry flavored lemonade, soft nougat, warm slippers and reviewing iOS games. She also own Pookybox.com where she writes more articles about the wonderful world of gaming on mobile.