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Video GameHot Lava Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players

Like other The Floor Is Lava games, the challenges is to find the fastest route through the environments using parkour type traversal. Different hazards join the lava to hamper your progress: toxic waste, bottomless pits, and crushers. There are also a range of achievements to go for on each.

There is an augmented reality mode on iOS that transforms your living room into a lava-filled obstacle course. You can interact with the real world like never before: blurring the lines between the physical and virtual world.

You can choose different characters like Lord Sludge and Poizone. Each one has unique moves and outfits. For example, Poizone’s Pounce can defy gravity with a powerful double jump while Sludge’s Slime Surge gives players a surf boost wherever they want.

As you progress you collect lava crystals via checkpoints, finished and the XP shards scattered throughout the game. This enables you to level up each character with new items and outfits.

Although Hot Lava is not on Android the Hot Lava Floor offers a similar experience, although less polished and with adverts. Hot Lava PlayStation, Xbox, Switch is not planned currently.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iPhone, iPad

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)




Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. There are online leaderboards for each level. You can use the Nearby Players option to play with people you know more easily. This works if they are on the same Wi-Fi network or within bluetooth range.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated 4+ in Apple App Store.


Hot Lava usually costs £15.49.

Hot Lava

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our Hot Lava Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:
Motion controls to look around on iOS. You can opt to Auto Grab handholds. The mobile version without a controller is a little hard to use. You can remap keys but not controller buttons.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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