The Last Scape Review

Developed and published by Pablo Vidaurre Sanz, The Last Scape is more of a showcase of some tech than a game, with it using LIDAR laser scan data to try and accurately render places in the real world.  Not being familiar with LIDAR I researched what this is. Basically, a laser is aimed at an area and the reflection is measured on a sensor which maps out the area that the laser was aimed at. It seems similar to how bats use sonar, but with lasers rather than sound.

You may ask why I elaborated on the LIDAR technology. To put it bluntly, that is the only thing interesting about this game. Having seen the trailer, I thought it may have been a relaxing game steering what I thought was some sort of aircraft through placed hoops. But in reality, you are given some confusing context about why this mountainous area is your only memory. You are given an outline of a tunnel to get used to the controls which are very basic, and then you are thrust into this random land.

You see the first couple of hoops in front of you which you easily can steer through. Each one you pass gives a sound of shattering glass as you pass through it, which gets old fast. Then after the 3rd or 4th one, some music kicks in, though I am not even sure it is related to the hoops I am going through. Then…. that’s it. There is no further direction or instruction, you are completely on your own. You fly around a sort of pretty setting which has nice green hills, snowy mountains and fluffy clouds. There are plenty of hoops to go through, and sometimes I am not sure if the hoops disappear after you go through them, or if they respawn.

After diving through hoops for a very long time, I didn’t make any noticeable progress. Every now and then a hoop seemed to trigger a musical queue, but I don’t know if that was related. After getting a few random achievements for going really high and another for bashing into a hot air balloon my patience wore out – especially with the glass smashing sound effect played with every hoop.

Conclusion

The Last Scape feels more like a test piece or showcase of some technology that has a basic attempt at adding in some sort of gameplay via hoops thrown in to get you to explore the land. The graphics are OK, but nothing to brag about; the technology it is based on is more interesting than this game. If there is more to The Last Scape and I missed it, then it’s way too cryptic and far too uninteresting to bother trying to discover.

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This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.
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Good
  • Simple controls
  • Graphically OK
  • The technology it is based on is interesting
Bad
  • Barely a game
  • No instruction or direction
  • Glass smashing sound effect
2
Awful
Gameplay - 1.5
Graphics - 4.5
Audio - 1
Longevity - 1
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Gaming, or, games in general, are in my blood. Just shy of an addiction but still an obsession. From opening my mind on the Commodore 64 I have kept up with the generations of gaming, currently residing on the Xbox One. Gamertag: Grahamreaper

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