Kid Vector Review
- Simple, and yet enticing with its vector art.
- Replay value in trying to obtain time, coin, and star minimums.
- Heavy frame rate and crash issues.
- Tricky design, but the controls are lacking in tightness.
A fun little platformer using a different take on appealing to nostalgia, but suffers from performance issues.
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In the last few years, there's been an increase in pixel art as a popular style for games. Some of this is that it can be easier to create, but the most prevalent reason is that it throws back nostalgically to the games of many of our childhoods, and as most of us have found out through our lives, mostly to our dismay, nostalgia can color an experience in a positive way based on its connections to our past, regardless of the experience's overall quality. Kid Vector has taken a different artistic approach, but for the same reasons, replacing pixels with splines, invoking the memory of games like Battlezone or Major Havoc.
It's back to basics with this platformer. You're armed with nothing but a double jump, and each level has you avoiding all manner of deathly traps and enemies on your way to the goal. There's a hidden star in each level, and medals for collecting all the coins, or completing the level under time, but aside from that it's trial and error as the levels require more precise platforming and dodging ability. Usually on screen buttons are the weak link where platformers are concerned on the iPhone, but the controls respond well and allow you to complete the maneuvers that the game asks of you. No what lets you down and will kill you more often than not are the performance issues. The game contains terrible framerate lag which can really mess up a jump, not to mention that there are frequent crashes as well. Needless to say having the game quit on you on a regular basis somewhat hampers the experience.
Now what of the vector art? There's a simplistic joy to the colors and the layout, and the design of many of the creatures only gets better the further you travel. Does this mean now that we'll see a slew of vector art style games? Only time will tell, but at least for now it's a unique approach.
While Kid Vector offers nothing special in its mechanics, it's obviously designed to appeal to nostalgia, and a simpler type of game with a simpler type of style. In this it succeeds, and if the performance problems can be rectified, this title can easily offer some old school entertainment.
DescriptionEver wish games were fun again, like when they were lovingly handcrafted line segment by line segment that your grandpappy used to make?
Ahhh, those were the days. Yep, back then you played a game, instead of watching it through cutscenes. You didn’t need no fancy whizbang graphics either, and the dragons looked vaguely like ducks. Yes, Kid Vector is an homage to a simpler time, when games were only about fun, children listened to their parents, and coins were collected instead of bought in packs for $24.99.
Kid Vector is a platformer that features a nouveau retro 2.5d world full of glorious vector graphics. Throughout the game you’ll encounter mysterious UFOs, relentless space worms, and a very angry vector dragon. There are 15 levels to explore, sure to challenge your platforming mettle. If you dare risk retro overload, you can play Kid Vector on your iCade as well.
So grab a lemonade, snuggle up to your newfangled iDevice, and relive the good old days with Kid Vector.
★ ★ ★ Reviews ★ ★ ★
Slide To Play (4/4) - "Kid Vector is pure joy to play. The depth of creativity and passion that went into it is evident in every frame."
AppAdvice (4.5/5) -"If you’re a fan of difficult retro platformer titles, then make sure to give Kid Vector a try."
Apptudes (4/5) - "Kid Vector is a refreshing twist to most of the cartoonish platformers available in the App Store today"
The App Shack (4.5/5) - "it's one of the most well designed iOS platformers I’ve had the pleasure of playing, and I’ve played just about every single one of them."
TouchGen (4/5) - "The easy to grasp controls, and flashing graphics makes it a joy to play"
Modojo (4/5) - "Kid Vector delivers plenty of 8-bit charm, with tight virtual controls, punishing stages and a dollop of personality for good measure."
- 15 levels to explore
- Neato chiptune soundtrack
- Collect badges for speed runs, collecting coins, and secret stars
- iCade compatible
- Game Center achievements
***** This game will not work with the iPhone 3GS and older devices
What's New in Version 1.1- iPhone 5 resolution support
- minor camera fixes