Feb 19, 2013
In the interest of fair disclosure, I am a parkour fiend. There is just something cool about the free-running discipline, what with its athletic practitioners and the impromptu courses they bend to their will. I appreciate the skill used to make a hitherto immovable object a means of egress. If you’re not a fan, and don’t want to be, do NOT search for “parkour” on Youtube. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Vector is a side-scrolling running game based on the basics of parkour. It pitted me as an individual reluctant to conform to totalitarian regime in power, and with an understandable need to escape.
I started by picking a location… the first of three (Downtown) was opened b default. Each level had its own appropriately named sublevels, which had to be unlocked. Actual gameplay jumped directly into the storyline, with a built-in tutorial (which is always a big plus for me). I had the bad guys after me as I jumped out of a building. Using swipes, I had to conform to my environment to elude an equally skilled establishment thug intent on preventing my escape. While running, there were goodies to collect, and tricks to learn. Prior to the action starting, I was given a trick or two to pull off, which determined moving on to higher levels. Coins collected could be used to open special moves, as could real cash.
Finishing meant keeping him behind till the end of the level, and i was scored by combining time, bonuses and tricks landed. At best, I could get three starts, but just finishing successfully gave me the opportunity to move on to the next level, or redoing the level.
Graphically, it had an arcade feel to it, with minimalist imagery and relaxed music. It was a godd-feeling type of 2-D that worked well in the context of running from left to right.
Even though the monotone black colors of escapee and Big brother work, some more definition would be welcome. Also, some players would probably cherish faster gameplay. Despite these personal quibbles, I found Vector to be fun and refreshing, and quite hard to put down.
Vector Review Rundown
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