Fire Escapes 2.0 free for iOS: Catch Falling Babies in Retro Arcade Game

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[] Boston, Massachusetts - headRUSH today is pleased to announce Fire Escapes 2.0 free for iOS, an update to its retro arcade game, where players control two firemen holding a trampoline/safety net as they try to catch babies that leap from a burning building. Featuring a lovingly crafted HiRes simulation of blocky 8-bit graphics, the pick-up-and-play twitch game offers exciting, fast play suffused with a powerful, nostalgic reverence for the 80s. The update includes a new Arcade mode via an IAP with power-ups, bonuses, obstacles, and a surprise ending.

Feature Highlights:
* Pick-up-and-play game for the retro arcade fan
* Blocky, 8-bit style graphics
* Tilt or touch control
* Challenging gameplay requires fast reflexes
* Built-in Leaderboard & Achievements

An homage to Nintendo's Game & Watch Fire, released in 1980 as an LCD handheld game, Fire Escapes is a must-have for every fan of retro arcade gaming. The faux aliasing effects in Fire Escapes provide a retro experience even more dramatic than the original. According the developers, "Fire Escapes has a distinct retro feel, features pixel-art graphics, squeaky sound effects/music, and a dark sense of humor. It's an indie game created entirely by Brian Kokernak (programming/audio) and Carl Jagt (art). We first worked together on remaking the game for Palm OS back in 1999 and decided to collaborate again to bring the game to iOS."

"The 8-bit style of the game is very well executed and will remind players of classic arcade games." - 148 Apps
"It's definitely worth grabbing for the reversing ninjas, dinky music, and splatting babies." - Handheld Remakes

The scene is a busy metropolitan street. As the game begins. the view moves down a tall apartment building to street level. A fire truck is already parked, and an ambulance pulls up. Flames are seen in every window of the building and one by one, toddlers leap to safety. Captain Quick and Steady Betty, in full firefighter's garb, hold the trampoline between them and try to catch each baby as he or she falls. Players control the firefighters, and the game can be set to tilt or touch control.

At first look, the game appears to be simple. The position of the trampoline is not continuously variable; instead, there are only three distinct positions possible. From the tramp's leftmost position, a toddler may bounce off, be caught again in its second position, and yet again in its last position before the baby bounces rightward into its mother's arms. Babies wear different colored one-piece rompers, so while blue clad toddlers require three catches, pink babies may bounce once to the safety of their distraught mom.

Determining the trajectory of bouncing babies can be challenging, and players must move the tramp quickly to bounce them to safety. Babies who are not caught again after bouncing off the safety net join the hovering baby angels. Missing three jumpers ends the game. Players are scored on the number of kids saved and achievements are awarded based on saving them in certain combinations.

"With the new release we took our existing game and made it free, but also added a new Arcade mode via an IAP," stated Brian Kokernak of headRUSH. "In the new mode, it breaks the gameplay up into waves, adds in a med kit power-up, money bags as a bonus, bowling balls to avoid, and a special ending if you can make it all the way through."

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 6.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Fire Escapes 2.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. A special Arcade Mode can be unlocked via an in-app purchase.

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, headRUSH was founded by Brian Kokernak in 1999. headRUSH is an indie games studio that specializes in handheld devices. Copyright (C) 1999-2013 headRUSH. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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