Klei Entertainment’s Hot Lava is Out Today, Still Looks Ridiculous

Hot Lava looks like Wipeout or Takeshi’s Castle on steroids.

Klei Entertainment is the indie dev behind hit games like Don’t Starve, Invisible Inc., and Oxygen Not Included. They’ve excelled at delivering varied gameplay experiences while maintaining a great level of overall quality. Their newest game might be the weirdest one they’ve done yet. Hot Lava is a first-person obstacle racing game blended with “The Floor is Lava”, a classic kid’s game everyone has played. The game is out today and Klei has put out a wacky new trailer to celebrate. Give it a watch below.

Hot Lava looks like a blast. Each level has different obstacles for you to circumvent as you try to stay off the floor. These levels looked packed with content, and I noticed several scary-looking obstacles that players will need to deal with. Up to eight players can jump in and help or hurt each other’s chances. The game also supports leaderboards, which means you can compete against your friends to see who can finish each level with the best time.

While the created levels look great, I would love to see them add a level-builder. Putting together horror-filled courses for your friends to run, jump, and climb through seems like an obvious direction for this game to go. The trailer also shows a section where the player is using a pogo-stick to traverse the level, and I can’t help but start dreaming up other silly things the dev could implement.

If any of this sounds up your alley, Hot Lava is available now on Apple Arcade and PC.

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