It is said that the best ideas are often the most simple ones, and there doesn't seem to be anything quite as simple as the dot. Developers One Man Left seem to agree, as they've staked their entire game, Tilt to Live [App Store], on the premise of our beloved period; albeit the rapacious, hell-bent variety.

Tilt to Live is at its core, an object-avoidance game wholly utilising the accelerometer of the iPhone or iTouch to maneuver your arrow around the battlefield. I say battlefield, because that's exactly what is going on here-- the dots are out to get you and will stop at nothing. And it is remarkable just how much personality One Man Left have managed to inject into such a straightforward concept. These are certainly no ordinary dots-- these perilous periods make a point (ha!) of chasing you around the screen; coalescing into arrows and other shapes then hurling themselves at you at breakneck pace, or circling you like vultures, slowly closing in until it is impossible to escape. Make no mistake, touch even one of the hundreds of dots on screen at once, and you are history.

Sounds mind-numbing? Fear not! Our arrow protagonist has a range of very awesome weapons at his disposal to send these dots back to whence they came. Your arsenal really defines Tilt to Live because it shows an attention to detail and knack for the inventive that escapes many games we see on the AppStore. You start off with just a few basic powerups floating around the screen waiting to be collected. The most basic is a nuke explosive (Yes, a nuke is standard fare in Tilt to Live) but you also have a dot-seeking multi-rocket powerup and a haduken-style fireball which clears a portion of the screen in the direction you're facing. Each of the weapons require a different strategy to operate effectively and are useful in varying situations.

This thoughtful design factor continues through to the unlockable weapons, too, where eventually you'll unlock weapons such as a spike shield that lets you hurl yourself at dots as they literally cower away in fear or a vortex attack that sucks all nearby dots (and you if you're not careful) into a black hole, to name just a few. But it's the manner in which they're unlocked that I appreciated the most. Tilt to Live uses the AGON platform to deliver its achievements and leaderboard results. But, it takes the system one step further-- integrating in-game rewards for unlocking achievement points-- namely in the form of additional weapons. I'm ordinarily not one for achievements, but the added incentive of new weapons was enough to get me to actually pore through the list and attempt most of the nefarious challenges, a fact I found pleasantly surprising.

Tilt to Live is a game that draws you in with its edgy personality and inescapable 'just one more go' gameplay. It is gorgeously crafted and presented and has a wicked sense of humor to boot (just take a look at the loading screens to see what I mean). Completing its challenges and unlocking weapons has the added benefit of enabling you to achieve even higher scores and multipliers, meaning even those not normally counting themselves as completionists may be eager to experience the width and breadth of what Tilt to Live has to offer. This is one game that will remain a fixture on my iPhone for a long time to come.

As expected, impressions coming in from our readers are overwhelmingly positive. Be sure to check out the developer's YouTube trailer above for a preview glimpse of Tilt to Live.

App Store Link: Tilt to Live, $1.99.

TouchArcade Rating

  • TheSporkWithin

    Awesome. This really deserved a front-page spotlight. Critical Wave next? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • SIlent Rocco

    Wow. Cool game, thanks for the tip.
    And btw, again, I know another fantastic "just one more go" game ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Starts with "Eco" ...

    • starmonkey101

      LOL! haha.

  • Kia

    Meh. It looks fun and I'd love to give it a try, but no Lite, no buy. It seems like -no one- puts out Lite versions of games anymore. ~_~

    • sk8erdude50

      you dont know what your missing out on. This game is fantastic, and is only 1.99. You shouldnt need a lite version to see how great this game is

      • Jindo Fox

        Seriously. It's the price of a nice candybar and as you can see, everyone loves it. Take a chance or don't, but complaining about the price of a $2 game is about as whiny lame as it gets.

  • Khavatari

    Looks boring.. Geo fighter much better game)

    • S.I.D. CrAzY

      Not really, plus GeoFighter is a different type of game. Not to mention both Isotope and Meteor Blitz are better than GeoFighter

  • Moist

    Looks like a soup'd up version of the old Mac Crystal Quest...

    • The Theory

      holy crap, I loved the old school Crystal Quest! That brings back memories...

      • Moist

        It is available in the app store ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • The Theory

        ah, really?? Insta-purchase.

        (even though it looks like it is the color version instead of the B&W version I played... grayscale ftw!)

      • Piasintein

        In my opinion, Tilt to Live >>> Crystal Quest! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Shokz

    "...on the premise of our beloved period" - I'll never get over the fact that Americans call full stops another word for menstruation, made reading that sentence rather odd ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Windburn

      Haha, on a personal note, I'm actually Australian, so I was having a quiet chuckle about this very thing myself! But I thought it best not to confuse the majority of readers here by calling it a full stop ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stranger By The Minute

    Best game on the app store.

  • Juuicetin

    I can vouch that this game is totally awesome. Just bought it yesterday and I can't stop playing.

  • Dimitris

    Yep. Same thing here. Bought it today and I've been playing ever since!!!
    Extremely addictive!!
    At the moment I'm 49th!! Next stop top 20!!

  • godzilla

    wow thu=is does look really cool. i just got a card maybe ill get it.

  • omg

    I cant stop playing this game. It is so fun. It is the best game ever!

  • Jindo Fox

    Awesome, trippy game. Reminds me a little of Everyday Shooter on Playstation but these hands-off tilt controls are even better.

    This will be wonderful on ipad's big screen.

    • Piasintein

      It's already wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚
      On iPad it'll be, if it'll be, wonderful, but in a different way.

  • fi2-shift

    I love it....

  • Iblackdude

    I'm the only one who don't like it.

    • Dave

      Bought it. So far not that happy with it. I hate 1 life games. Also I should be able to control when my powerups fire after I collect them...

      • dude

        then this game will be too easy to play. imagine if you saved up like 10 nukes. then you can beat the game too easily

      • Mark Rejhon

        If you unlock the green Bubble Shield weapon, that's actually your 'use-later' bomb weapon and your 2nd life. That way, next time you are 'killed' you just explode like a nuke, and keep going without ending the game. Keep picking up green power ups to keep your "2nd life". Keep playing long enough, and you'll find the green bubble weapon a godsend.

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  • Gert

    Interesting how the movements the arrow makes, make it look like a sweet little animal...

  • Gert

    Btw check One Man Left's website, it's written as brilliantly as their name is.

  • Christian

    Loving this game, simple yet brilliant. Lots of potential for expansion too!

    How about Lumines-like themes for levels to unlock, each with different music, dot-patterns, difficulty and weapons?

  • Synther

    Awesome game, awesome style.

  • Simon

    This game is made of pure win

  • ant

    Only one life makes it annoying. Just when it gets interesting, u die and have to sart all over again. If you could decide how many lives u get in settings this would improve it quite substantially for me

    • Mark Rejhon

      As I replied earlier, keep playing:
      If you unlock the green Bubble Shield weapon, that's actually your 'use-later' bomb weapon and your 2nd life. That way, next time you are 'killed' you just explode like a nuke, and keep going without ending the game. Keep picking up green power ups to keep your "2nd life". Keep playing long enough, and you'll find the green bubble weapon a godsend.

  • Jaison Biagini

    one life is how this game should be!!! it's not like you're playing levels!! this is my favorite game all time and i have about 200 paid games. can't wait for the new game modes!! i've been stuck at 3.5 million for a month. i drain my batter with this game!! it's awesome!!

  • Nishant

    OMG seriously do not get this game it is too addictive. Everytime I try and do work I see my Ipod and this game just beckoning to me, luring me into its wonderful world. Even when I promise myself I will only play for 5 mins then do work, I end up playing for half an hour without realising. Best game ever (Ipod is jailbroken so I basically have every game)

  • Tournament edition

    It is so fun, cant stop playing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RandomGuy

    best game ever. actually needs skill. and you're right about the "one more go" attitude. good review.

  • Jacq2001

    WOW!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Feel lk its roller dizzy! Dunno where the mouse click!

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