The holidays are traditionally a time to lounge around, unwind, and finally take a break from the end-of-year hustle and bustle. Of course, you’re gonna eventually need a jump-start to rocket you back into your usual breakneck life — right?
Stay Alive is a side-scrolling space-shooter where your objective is to simply keep your ship running and shooting as long as possible. Usually, I tend to gravitate away from these types of “see how far you can last” games without any levels or greater storyline, but Stay Alive! struck me as different. This didn’t turn out to be your typical smartphone side-scroller…
Upon picking it up, the first thing you notice about Stay Alive is how frantically fast the gameplay is. At first, it’s a little daunting, but eventually you’ll settle in and embrace the chaos! My eyes and reflexes were firing on all cylinders as I was trying to keep up and outlast my previous turn. On top of that, the graphics are stupendously crafted and do not lag one bit while playing — which is especially crucial for a fast-paced game like this where the screen can quickly fill up with explosions and other good stuff.
If you hang out on Reddit at all, you might have already heard about Stay Alive this past week. If not, treat yourself to a nice post-Christmas jump-start by getting the game in the App Store or Android Market.
Here’s some gameplay video — and no, the footage has not been sped up in any way: