theinfernomainThe Inferno is the latest game from Xpressed, the creators of the fan favorite Uniwar. Unlike Uniwar (an excellent turn-based strategy game), The Inferno can be best described as an Action-Puzzle game, with a strong emphasis on "action."

Based on "The Divine Comedy," The Inferno has you playing as Dante, a hapless dude whose main squeeze has been sent to be with all the world's laywers and cats in a little place called Hell.

There are 121 levels in The Inferno, and these levels are divided between 5 distinct areas (or circles of Hell, if you will). Progression through these levels is made by collecting each of the blue light orbs scattered about the levels, which then unlocks an exit gate that leads to the next area.

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As Dante dares to go further into the depths of Hell, the challenges he will have to face become more difficult. While the earliest levels in The Inferno will throw nothing more than a few measly fireballs and collapsing platforms at Dante, later levels will test the player with traps that spout poison or lava, bats that hone in on Dante in a quest for blood, and really big fire-snake monsters.

As the challenges grow more difficult, the length of each individual level in The Inferno increases as well. Eventually, the average level length will become so long that even the most skilled of players will find it nearly impossible to make it through one without dying once.

In a wise decision by The Inferno's developers, longer levels in the game host a generous number of checkpoints which can be activated as many times as a player needs by merely stepping into the square of the level grid that hosts them.

The Inferno is a bit unique in that it only gives players four hours to complete all of its 121 levels. In my experience with the game, that was plenty of time, but something about seeing that clock ticking down with every moment that I spent contemplating the best way to tackle a particular challenge really added a sense of tension that enriched the game for me.

Another unique feature of The Inferno is that it keeps a total tally of your deaths in the top-left corner of the screen. Quite frankly, this feature wound up being more embarrassing than anything for me, as I totally got my butt handed to me by some rogue fireballs on more than occasion. Nonetheless, I can appreciate this facet of the UI for what it means for truly hardcore players.

I'm sure that the competition to beat the game in the shortest amount of time and with the lowest number of deaths could be fierce, but some sort of leaderboard component should certainly be implemented in order to encourage that competitive spirit amongst the community.

For what it's worth, I found The Inferno to be a short but entirely enjoyable little top-down action game. The largely timing-based puzzles aren't too mentally taxing and keep the core of the gameplay at a fairly fast pace.

App Store Link: The Inferno, $0.99

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  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Looks cool. I really love the music in the video.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Looks cool. I really love the music in the video.

  • Sticktron

    What's with the cat hating? ;)

  • Sticktron

    What's with the cat hating? ;)

  • Deewin

    I blindly bought this game on the app store because it was in the new section and had all raving reviews. Even though it's only a buck I still wish I saw this article first. The game is very well polished but it's not my type of game. Maybe it will introduce more interesting elements later on but now I know any 5 star reviews on the app store (really wish I could check the review history on the iphone) will come off as a bit overenthusiastic.

    • Johnny

      I agree thought it was pretty average. Maybe it got more interesting in the later levels, but life's too short.

  • Deewin

    I blindly bought this game on the app store because it was in the new section and had all raving reviews. Even though it's only a buck I still wish I saw this article first. The game is very well polished but it's not my type of game. Maybe it will introduce more interesting elements later on but now I know any 5 star reviews on the app store (really wish I could check the review history on the iphone) will come off as a bit overenthusiastic.

    • Johnny

      I agree thought it was pretty average. Maybe it got more interesting in the later levels, but life's too short.

  • melvin

    wtf man, dante and virgil??? thats character names from devil may cry series.
    dam rippers

    • RobutMike

      HAHAAHAH. I hope that's a joke, otherwise you may want to expand your reading material. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy

    • Joe

      wtf man, dante and virgil??? thats character names from devil may cry series.
      dam rippers?????

      you do know that dantes divine comedy was written as a poem in 1300s...

      The poem is written in the first person, and tells of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory; Beatrice, Dante's ideal woman, guides him through Heaven.

      get your facts straight....

  • melvin

    wtf man, dante and virgil??? thats character names from devil may cry series.
    dam rippers

    • RobutMike

      HAHAAHAH. I hope that's a joke, otherwise you may want to expand your reading material. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy

    • Joe

      wtf man, dante and virgil??? thats character names from devil may cry series.
      dam rippers?????

      you do know that dantes divine comedy was written as a poem in 1300s...

      The poem is written in the first person, and tells of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory; Beatrice, Dante's ideal woman, guides him through Heaven.

      get your facts straight....

  • Alex

    Grow up Melvin, names aren't copyrighted.

    That said, this game is timed. You have to complete all 121 levels before the time ends or your friend dies and you lose.

  • Alex

    Grow up Melvin, names aren't copyrighted.

    That said, this game is timed. You have to complete all 121 levels before the time ends or your friend dies and you lose.

  • Idrius

    I guess It was a joke, the story is a must know to anyone in Europe.

    • Idrius

      Forgot something: The game is very nice, runs smooth and with nice handmade graphics. I only had an issue using the pad, an 4 direction pad sould be nice.

  • Idrius

    I guess It was a joke, the story is a must know to anyone in Europe.

    • Idrius

      Forgot something: The game is very nice, runs smooth and with nice handmade graphics. I only had an issue using the pad, an 4 direction pad sould be nice.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Default controls aren't good. But you can switch to one-sided dpad.
    But still this game is very laggy. Even on a 3GS. Average title with nice music.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Default controls aren't good. But you can switch to one-sided dpad.
    But still this game is very laggy. Even on a 3GS. Average title with nice music.

  • samthelion

    Just tried the 50 levels version they gave away with the appvent calendar... I'm a bit disappointed. The clock thing looks like a REALLY bad idea to me.

    I wish to say thanks to the devil may cry guy, you gave me a really amusing time.

  • samthelion

    Just tried the 50 levels version they gave away with the appvent calendar... I'm a bit disappointed. The clock thing looks like a REALLY bad idea to me.

    I wish to say thanks to the devil may cry guy, you gave me a really amusing time.

  • Rad

    The sure jacked the price back up quick; Oh well I have too many games anyway.

  • Rad

    The sure jacked the price back up quick; Oh well I have too many games anyway.

  • Aldo

    I actually tried it myself and was surprised how polished it is! I really enjoyed it. The early levels are a little slow but man, the fire and wood levels are really awesome! This game gets much better as you go along and harder too. Worth the price of admission.

  • Aldo

    I actually tried it myself and was surprised how polished it is! I really enjoyed it. The early levels are a little slow but man, the fire and wood levels are really awesome! This game gets much better as you go along and harder too. Worth the price of admission.