March 18, 2012 10:00 AM | John Polson
Aside from the charming pixels, High Vaultage didn't immediately draw me in, appearing like an ordinary track-and-field title. Then my character vaulted hundreds of feet into the air, grabbing coins, eating junk food, hitching rides from birds and whales, and bouncing off balloons until I soared above the clouds and glimpsed the greater galaxy. Oh, and each time I collected all the crayon colors, I earned a magical rainbow excretion that elevated me higher still.
Ostrich Banditos' High Vaultage is an adrenaline rush of gameplay accompanied by an energizing musical loop. Controls are simple enough: I used the arrows to move and the space bar to vault and fart for propulsion. The trick to a high vault (which may not be apparent) is to press the space bar twice: once to anchor the pole to the ground and once more to release the tension.
My stomach tightened every time I began a long descent and ran out of gas, causing me to flail slightly right and left in the hopes of eating some junk to boost my bowels. In the end, I don't think I've scored well enough to win the high score competition and get my "ugly mug" in High Vaultage or the team's next game. Maybe you will do better!