Published on November 26th, 2014 | by Craig Forshey


Reverse Sidescroller Zoi: The Escape Leaps Onto Android

Is there such a thing as making a game too hard? Indie developer GameSys sure doesn’t seem to think so. For proof look no further than it’s devilishly addicting new anti-sidescroller Zoi: The Escape, an insanely punishing platformer that gives new meaning to the phrase “twitch gameplay” with its rage inducing level design that requires superhuman reflexes in order to survive. This deceptively charming retro romp may appear innocuous at first with its quirky visuals, polished presentation, and high replay value but make no mistake, Zoi: The Escape is a monster that’s here to torture you with feelings of video game inadequacy. That’s because in Zoi: The Escape players don’t get to move around freely like in a traditional platformer, instead players must stand still in one spot as brick platforms and other deadly projectiles come flying at them with only a well timed leap saving them from pixelated doom.

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Although Zoi: The Escape has been available as a small beta for a short while this newly released version marks the official launch of the game and heralds a bevy of new features and visual enhancements. Everything has been expanded and fine tuned for a proper experience that can feel punishing but never unfair due to its tight one-tap controls. There’s a ton of achievements to unlock now that in turn will allow players to customize their avatar with silly outfits like Abraham Lincoln or a giant mustache. All of the new improvements alongside additional music and sound effects help to firmly transition Zoi: The Escape from its beta version into a full fledged video game.


If you like platformers and are up for a challenge, then Zoi: The Escape is right up your alley. You can pick it up for free on Google Play or play it in your browser here.

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  • Jonathan Lichtblau

    So… What are the achievements in the game for? I’ve unlocked several but can’t figure out the rest.. Can anyone help me?
    This is what I got so far:
    Finish lv. 5: straw hat avatar
    Finish lv. 10: top hat avatar
    Finish lv. 15: moustache avatar
    Finish lv. 25: diving helmet avatar
    Finish lv. 35: ninja avatar
    Finish lv. 40: Mohawk avatar
    Finish lv. 45: cow avatar
    Share zoi: Knight avatar
    Rate zoi: crown avatar
    Die 250 times: halo avatar
    Die 1000 times: zombie avatar
    Die 5000 times: skeleton avatar
    Jump 1000 times: spring avatar
    Jump 5,000 times: pipe avatar

    I need someone to confirm this, but suspect the remaining achievements are as follows:
    Finish lv. 20
    Finish lv. 30
    Jump 250 times
    Play on 10 different days
    Play in December

    I’d appreciate it if anyone can help me figure this out..
    Thank you!

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