ByTim Horton, writer at
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Tim Horton

If your childhood fantasies were anything like mine, Hot Lava will blow your inner-kid's mind! If you haven’t spent hours jumping from couch to couch avoiding the flow of invisible lava that coursed through your house then you, my friend, have not lived.

Indie game developer, Klei Entertainment are bringing the very best of our childish adventures to life (kind of) with their epic portrayal of this make-believe classic. The game, coined ‘Hot Lava’ will task players to jump from pillar to post in an attempt to progress through the narrative without touching the floor - - which as you may have guessed by now is HOT LAVA!

Hot Lava transports you back to the absolute pinnacle of your childhood imaginative adventures. The Steam bio reads:

Relive those moments of excitement, joy, and chaos. Traverse distinct worlds, from school hallways to the memories of your darkest fears. This is a game of dexterity and ingenuity, you will have to use all your skills to complete the treacherous obstacles that await. But whatever you do…don’t touch the floor.

The entire game will play out in first person and will be a full on parkour-centric, fluid-motion based experience. Players will start the game inside a house and progress to the great outdoors as the gameplay takes us through bigger, tougher and (obviously) hotter environments.

This is more than an incredible concept, the animation that has been applied to the game is just incredible. Bolt that on to a kick as superhero themed narrative that allows for a totally non linear gameplay experience and you have all the necessary ingredients to make a stellar video game.

Honestly, I cant believe that this has never been attempted before, I mean, we have Mirror’s Edge but this is something else altogether baby! Maybe, I am so hyped about this project because I loved playing ‘the floor is lava’ as a kid. Or, maybe it is the killer animation that is on display here. Whatever it is, Hot Lava is looking very promising indeed.

There is still no release date set but you can sign up for the beta testing phase here. As it stands, it would seem that Hot Lava will release on PC but with a little community persuasion, I am sure we can convince them to hit a console or two.

Did you play ‘the floor is lava’ as a kid and would you play Hot lava?


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