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Why didn't someone think of this before? It's so simple. Remember that game that everyone played as a kid, where you pretend the floor is made of lava and you have to climb on and clamber across all of the furniture to get where you want to go?
Well, there's now a computer game in which you get to that. Except instead of fake lava, it's real lava. Well, not real lava, because it's a computer game, but within the game, it's totally real and will burn you up if you so much as dip a toe in it.
The game is called Hot Lava - what else? - and it extends the old childhood game into a much larger virtual world: a school. Perfect. At least, that's one of the levels, where you have to make your way through classrooms and science labs and the gym without touching the floor.
The game is currently undergoing beta testing on Steam and is, at the moment, only available on PC, but if it takes off, then it may well make it to other platforms.
The description on Steam says: "The Floor is Hot Lava! Run, jump, climb, and surf across nostalgia-packed environments flooded with hot molten lava. Explore alone, or join your friends. But whatever you do, don't touch the floor."
To be fair, it sounds like fun, and it may well inspire a new wave of playing the game in real life. The closest adults get to doing it now is pretty much parkour, but as impressive as that is, there's ground touching involved, so perhaps it's time to up the ante.
Anyway, there's a video of the gameplay, which looks pretty awesome. Reviewing it on kotaku.com staff writer Heather Alexandra says that there's 'a lot of fun to be had' with the game and writes: " If there's one thing that gets in the way, it's the liberal amount of control players have over their jumps."
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