Vector HD: Written and Video iPad App Review
We’re always in the mood for a new, inventive and otherwise spectacular action arcade game for the iPad. This is why we approached Vector HD by developer Nekki with such enthusiasm. The app offers up a Mirror’s Edge style of gameplay that unleashes the full parkour potential of the iPad, including simple controls, endless running and more than enough challenge to hold our interest. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break. Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Vector HD is quite easily lumped into the “parkour simulator” genre on the iPad. This makes it slightly different than most running games, such as Temple Run or some of those others you may have seen jogging—pun intended—about.
Instead of having you run in a sort of flat, 2D way Vector HD has you hurtling your character along. You’ll need to accurately time your jumps and perfectly execute your moves to get through the levels without dying: Following closely behind you is an assailant who won’t even slow down as he kills you. Talk about merciless!
All in all, you’ll need to figure out how to best manage the app’s controls to summon more than one hundred individual parkour moves. Use them in any combination you like to move the game along, complete the levels, and otherwise unlock portions of the mysterious plot. It’s great fun, and with excellent level design and the constant presence of your stalker, you’re never far from a nerve-racking moment. At the end of the day, we really can’t speak highly enough of the amount of fun you’ll have with Vector HD, especially if you’re into these sort of athletic running concepts.
Graphics and Design
The app also happens to look drop-dead gorgeous on the iPad. It’s got a unique, vector-drawn silhouette appeal that we dug immensely. Its as if an old Flash game from six years ago got a seriously modern reboot, and then threw in an entire load more of content for us to mess about with. Furthermore, the level design is tricky enough to be challenging (timing is king here) but not so difficult that we didn’t want to play the game. All of this adds up to some seriously good design, and yet another plus in the title’s favor.
At the end of the day, Vector HD is slightly more pricy than we might like, but this hardly detracts from its value. It’s got a mountain of content, simple and gorgeous graphics, a solid concept, and enough mystique to keep you engaged for quite some time. If you’re looking for a new parkour game, or just a new arcade title to enjoy during your morning commute, Vector HD is an easy recommendation.
Vector HD requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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