There have been plenty of 2D side-scrolling action platformer games on Android, but Vector tweaks that formula in a really engaging way. You have to escape from the insidious clutches of "Big Brother" using your freerunner skills. Vector is essentially an amalgamation of Canabalt and Mirror's Edge. If that doesn't get you interested, you must not like games.

All the controls are handled through simple swipes to jump, slide, sprint, and dodge. You've got to time things right so you pick up coins and avoid obstacles. There is also a nasty thug right on your tail, and he's perfectly happy to take you out if you falter during your getaway. The foreground, as you can probably see, is one contiguous silhouette, but the background is colorful and detailed. It's an interesting look.

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Vector is free to play, but there are some ads in between levels. The coins you accumulate can be used to buy power-ups and special moves. As you might expect, there are in-app purchases to get more coins. The game doesn't seem to be pushing them too hard, but you might have to spend a little cash later on. If you want all 30 levels, you have to buy up to the deluxe version of Vector for $0.99.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • http://twitter.com/Quietlyawesome Tyler Cooke

    Screw the iOS Mirrors Edge, this looks fantastic. :D

  • mooken

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. Fantastic find.

  • Sean Lumly

    This look fantastic.. I especially like the detail about the face that there are *levels* rather than an endless romp over a computer-generated landscape.

  • http://twitter.com/phillysaxon PhillySaxon

    Gave it a go, but having to play the first level 4 times (40 coins a pop) to unlock the second level (trick for it costs 150), then do the second level repeatedly to unlock the third.. It's pretty stressful. Playing it for free is really not a viable option, and it seems that even if you used the IAP to get the "deluxe" option, you'd still need to spend money later on as otherwise you'd still be stuck repeating levels to earn money for tricks until you're bored to death.

    Verdict: uninstalled.

    • tylers

      No, I thought the same at first but you're unlocking the tricks and it's not mandatory to go the next level, you just have to finish the current one for that.
      The game is not bad but it lagged for me around the 1-11 level (when there's 3characters on screen) on Nexus7

  • MacMan156

    I want to download it, but they have a weird range of permissions. Why does it need permission to power the phone or tablet on?

    • Abe Lincoln

      Same here... looks awesome, go to download and holy permissions!? add in the free with ads even though you can buy more coins AND have to pay to unlock all the levels? Too much working against it already, I'll pass for now.

      • Matti

        Sae with me. Scary sh*t!!

      • tsunami1609

        If you buy the game, then you don't really need to buy coins. When you purchase it, the system changes so that each star earned gives you an increasing number of coins. On the first map 1 star = 100, 2 = 150 and 3 = 250. If you work to perfect each level (collect each cube and perform each stunt) then it's pretty do-able.

        Just see it as a 99c app that gives you a free demo.

        • Abe Lincoln

          Hmm ok well that's not so bad I guess, thanks for clearing that up. Any chance the "deluxe" version gets rid of the ads too, I've heard they can be particularly annoying.

          • tsunami1609

            Yup. Gets rid of ads as well

  • Alecs

    It's a polished clone of the award winning Canabalt https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fishnoodle.canabalt

    • McLean Riley

      Not sure why you got downvoted. Other than powerups (I guess) and animations, this is canabalt.

      Edit: Oh and they added desks in the offices.

      • DeAno Jackson

        Vector is MUCH better.

    • TylerChappell

      Ah, I was wondering why it looked so familiar! But Vector looks a million times nicer and is also only 1/3 the price. So I bought it.

  • Gabriel Smith

    Incompatible with Samsung Galaxy Nexus

  • smeddy

    I want this but skipping for now because of the permissions. If it seems fine, please someone let me know!

  • FirefighterMatt56

    Another Mirrors Edge copy. Wish they would make a 2nd PC version o.0

  • Tim Gueusquin

    Assassin's Creed meets Mirror Edge?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=683401604 Abdullah Al Zubair

    why is it incompatible with Galaxy Nexus??