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Review: Jailbreak - Voice Onrush

March 19, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 9:35 PM

Category: Games

Price: $ 0.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 3.0 or later
Version: 1.1

What's good: Whereas our previous review was on a calm, relaxing flight game, this one is entirely the opposite. Frantic, heart-pumping action keep you on your toes in Jailbreak - Voice Onrush, a retro-inspired maze chase title much in the same vein as gaming classic Pacman.

At the start of the game, you find yourself waking up in a strange facility, with no recollection of preceding events. Your first instinct, obviously, is to get out, and while you quickly find a key card and unlock the door, this is only the first of many rooms to escape from. It becomes immediately apparent that succeeding levels take on a whole new dimension, because you not only have to find objects - colored keys, tools, switches, etc. - to aid in your release, you also have to expertly navigate the twisting paths while eluding a host of swift-footed pursuers within a time limit and with stamina constraints. Use either the accelerometer, touch controls, or virtual joystick to direct your character through various unique environments that range from sterile hospitals with empty beds to tiled grocery shops to full parking lots to underground corridors. This may sound simple enough, but we have to warn you that even playing on the first difficulty level, this game is by no means easy. There are, of course, options that help keep things on a challenging but manageable level: you can sprint to escape imminent capture, use your sense radar to steer clear of opponents, and even equip power-ups that grant you amazing abilities for a short while.

Featuring a story mode as well as unlockable survival and free mode levels, Voice Onrush promises long hours of gameplay and a fair amount of replayability. The deliberately pixelated graphics add a unique touch, while a hectic and rather unnerving soundtrack keep you fully immersed in the game as you try to maneuver your way out of a disconcerting situation. Will you fall into the hands of your persistent and mysterious enemies or find your way to freedom?

Suggestions for improvement: Navigation is rather difficult, even with three control options available (for example, the joystick is not as responsive as it could be whereas swiping covers a sizable amount of the screen and is not ideal for moving around). The environments and the app icon are a little too dull and could use some work to make things more appealing.

Breakdown:
Graphics - 3.5/5 Creativity - 4.5/5 Gameplay - 4.5/5 Controls - 4/5
App-reciation - 4/5

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