Dual Survivor Review
- An interesting take on a maze game
- Dynamic and challenging
- Smart use of colour to help you manage the play area
- Hard to follow on the iPhone screen
- The controls often feel like they're limiting your progress
A brutally challenging twist on the maze genre, Dual Survivor's split-hemisphere gameplay is let down by its unreliable controls.
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Playing Dual Survivor is the gaming equivalent of being punched in the stomach by someone who claims to be your friend. And, like the assualted party in that metaphor, it will leave you wondering if you somehow deserved it. But, even as your find yourself asking the question, you will realise that it's really the game which is to blame.
This oddly schizophrenic sensation is deliberate. The game demands an equal split of your mental energies. You have to navigate two seperate scrolling mazes on the same screen at the same time. The objects you're leading down these paths are two power disks destined to save a post-apocalyptic Earth (we don't ask how).
The tracks are colour coded, which lets you relax your vision a little and absorb the twisting and turning of each path simultaneously.
You need both thumbs on the screen at all times. Though things start off easy, with both paths taking identical routes, you'll soon find yourself having to do drastically different maneouvres with each disc. Within a few levels the difficulty ramps up significantly, with enemies, jumps, and route-altering switches all vying to end your run.
The level of difficulty in Dual Survivor is amplified by the controls. While the premise of the interface is fine - with the disks placed high enough on screen to avoid be hidden by wandering thumbs - playing the game on the iPhone screen is frustratingly fiddly. Move your thumb a shade too far from their designated spots and your discs will be left floundering without direction.
It is this lack of control that starts to really upset your already frustrated and shattered mind while playing Dual Survivor. Any lapse in control is almost impossible to recover from, and it sometimes feels that these lapses aren't entirely your fault.
So, while Dual Survivor's fun premise and brutal difficulty will probably keep masochists and genre fans swearing deep into the night, its controls may prove too unforgiving for some.
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** IMPORTANT ** - Requires at least iPad 2, iPhone 4S or iPod touch (5th gen) - or newer.
Dual Survivor is all about saving the human race in times of desperation. If you read this you are humanities last hope! Our redemption, our salvation. You are the resistance! Will you stand your ground and guide us to a viable planet where the human race can re-populate?
What the press said:
"The artwork and graphics in Dual Survivor are absolutely stunning."
5/5 - 148Apps
"Mobile Game of the Week"
4/5 - Gamersnet
"I tore my hair out trying to progress past levels of this insane challenging game."
"These kind of games may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s undeniable that they’re games that not only provide fun but also allow those who want to master them to even enhance some of their persona skills."
Touch, Tap, Play
Dual Survivor is a frantic, mentally exhausting experience that will push your multitasking skills to the limit. Steer two electrically powered pads to guide the energy cores over the post apocalyptic platforms. Advancing through the zones you need to improve skill and map awareness to think ahead and use both hands on entirely different movement patterns.
Steer two cores at the same time.
Boost your skill to the limit when keeping both cores on track.
Get a highscore
Collect all fifty orbs on each map to be awarded a triple star.
Open gates, rotate blocks and command moving tiles to reach the endzone.
Dancers, Mines and Turrets will kill you instantly, outskill them all in your road to victory.
What's New in Version 1.2*INCOMING MESSAGE*
Level 1 shows Survivors the ropes on how to survive in this post-apocalytic universe.
Thanks to feedback from other Survivors the road to victory is less bumpy.
*END INCOMING MESSAGE*