- Unique take on the maze/labyrinth concept.
- Very easy to pick up; challenging to master on later levels.
- Clean visual style; emphasises game elements clearly.
- Touch controls not always responsive; currently being fixed in an update.
- Short on content and variety; also being addressed in later updates.
Surveillant proves that you don't need a huge budget or a complex system of gameplay to generate tension while providing players with a unique puzzle challenge; a diamond in the rough worth checking out.
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One of the joys of the many daily releases of games on the App Store is stumbling upon unexpected titles that are refreshing, original and curiously addictive. Surveillant by Recluse Industries combines the simple challenge of exploring maze-like arenas while avoiding detection from the ever-vigilant surveillance camera and its deadly laser to create a challenge that requires quick thinking and responses to survive each level.
Initially the game takes things fairly easy, providing a variety of platforms that players can transport themselves towards as long as they can see the top of them. This can feel awkard at first as you initially assume that you'll be jumping between these platforms, but distances aren't an issue as you float between each pillar, slowly climbing your way to the central tower where the camera resides. Selecting barely-visible platforms can be problematic, though swiping the area can often make up for the poor tap-selection controls.
Survellant is a game about perspective, either avoiding the random-rotating path of the deadly camera; attempting to find the next-best jumping point to climb up higher; or more importantly a plateau that provides the correct angle to collect objects that activate important moveable platforms. The minimalistic 3D visuals work perfectly as platforms you can jump to are easily identified while panning the screen with the tilt controls. Enemies also stand out clearly against the flat colors, giving you plenty of time to search for a new route.
There's a surprising amount of complexity to surviving Surveillant's later challenges, though it's a shame there's not much in the way of alternate objectives to give the game more replay value. More levels are on the way in future updates, however the ten levels currently available won't take too long to finish with a bit of practice.
For a game that was created over a year in the spare time the developer had, Surveillant is a refreshingly unique maze-like game and a great alternative for those sick of the usual App Store titles.
DescriptionSURVEILLANT 2.0 ARRIVING 2012! GET THIS BEFORE IT IS 'RETIRED'!
"The enemy is a homicidal CCTV camera and it's stalking you with a deadly laser beam. The only way to defeat it is to get right up close and personal. It's like playing hide-and-seek with HAL from 2001." - JOYSTIQ.COM
9/10 - EUROGAMER.NET
GAMING APP OF THE DAY -KOTAKU.COM
BRONZE AWARD - POCKETGAMER.CO.UK
"inspired by retro games of the pre-NES era, Surveillant is unlike anything most iOS game enthusiasts will have encountered before. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good game of Hide-and-Seek and doesn’t have an aversion toward tilt controls" - IFANZINE.COM
Inspired by the 8-bit classic 'The Sentinel', Surveillant is a stark and stylish 'stealth-em-up' with simple tilt & tap controls. 12 increasingly challenging levels await your exploration as you try to reach the sinister CCTV Camera sweeping an arc of hot red destruction across the landscape.
Your goal is to reach the base of the CCTV Cam! But the higher you get, the more you expose yourself to view - one wrong move and you'll be TOASTED!
With subtle, ambient audio and music by Vector Lovers HEADPHONES are recommended... the sound of the wind builds as you ascend and the whine of the laser shifts frequency as the beam strikes different surfaces. Getting spotted by the CCTV will make you jump - again and again!
TILT the device left or right to turn toward the left or right.
TILT the device away / towards you to look up and down.
TOUCH platforms or ground to move to that point. You can move a long way if the landing point is clearly visible. While moving you can still turn around - but you cannot start a new move until you have landed.
HOLD the LOOK BUTTON / MINI SCANNER to look at the CCTV Camera. Remember, the view might be blocked by a wall - if so, the CCTV can't see you either! The MINI SCANNER shows the CCTV's cone of vision as well as yourself (white dot) and any Drones (red dots).
PAUSE the game by touching the status bar at the top of the screen.
BUGS & ISSUES:
iPhone 4 display issues fixed in this update!