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Warning: if you just woke up (howdy, West Coast readers) you might want to wait a minute or two before hitting "play" on that video. It has 300% of your daily recommended amount of color. Avoid  - Sensory Overload is a typical endless runner, at least if you only look at its core elements; you fly around trying not to hit stuff. But that's a pretty inadequate way of describing the experience.

Avoid is like sliding down a rainbow into a Crayola factory. It's like Bedazzling an entire jumpsuit in preparation for a laser light show. It's like jumping into a pool of the toxic waste from behind Lisa Frank's workshop. Bumping up the brightness on your screen before playing Avoid may actually be dangerous. The game itself is pretty simple, a procedurally-generated endless tunnel with stationary and moving obstacles and power-ups, sort of like the original Zaxxon with les shooting. But the music and trippy visuals make the game more or less a legal acid trip.

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The 3D visuals and perspective remind me a lot of Sega's REZ, albeit in a simplified form, and anyone who appreciates techno or electronic music should get a kick out of it. Avoid is $1.20 and unfortunately it includes in-app purchases.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • mustbepbs

    Looks like Wipeout 2048 challenge stages.

  • Tim Gueusquin

    I think I will... Avoid... this game as it's too much for the eyes.

  • remister

    Pending Seizure Lawsuits....

  • Bluewall

    Anyone want some LSD ?

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      I'd prefer LSD over IAP!

  • Jose Arce

    Did anyone else think of Audiosurf? I did.

    • Cesar

      That was my first thought when I saw the thumbnail.

  • flosserelli

    $1.20 + IAPs? Nope.

    • jonathan3579

      My thoughts exactly.

    • mustbepbs

      Either do one or the other in my opinion. You can't double dip.

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        ☗☗☗ ☗☗⨖☗ ☗☗�☗ ☗☗☗The initial purchase allows you to play one of the three worlds; the other two are the IAPs.

    • Himmat Singh

      What are the IAPs for?

      • Guest

        The IAPs are for extra content (as in levels and modes). See my post below :)

      • Andrea Pantaloni

        The IAPs are for extra content (levels and modes) See my post below for more details :)

  • Guest

    Wasn't there a similar game with a ball rolling with exactly the same gameplay?

  • http://www.kokotronbcm.com/ Kokotron Bcm

    Wasn't there a similar game with a ball rolling with exactly the same gameplay?

    • r0xp0x

      What was the name of the ball rolling?

      • Constantine G

        It was jump'n'roll and it was for the Amiga! It's not as similar as I recalled though.

        • Martin

          I was talking about this game just the other day but I couldn't remember the name of it! Thank you so much!

        • r0xp0x

          Aww damnit, I was hoping it was a newer game that I thought of. Been looking for this game forever (it was a dumb phone game), but I can't remember the name.

  • Recznik

    audiosurf ripoff?

  • Alex James Simon

    Of course I have $1.19 on my tablet...

  • fonix232

    The music of the gameplay video for some reason reminds me of Doctor Who. Am I alone with it?

  • Primalxconvoy

    A price AND iaps? To the sideload-mobile!

  • Andrea Pantaloni

    Developer here. The IAPs are for extra content (as in additional levels and modes). There are absolutely no consumable or "pay to win" IAPs.
    The game is divided in three "worlds" and each one consists of:
    - 32 levels
    - an endless mode playable in 4 difficulties (with separate leaderboards)
    - different obstacles, powerups, soundtrack and graphical style.
    The initial purchase allows you to play one of the three worlds; the other two are the IAPs.

    • Cheeseball

      It's a pretty and challenging game, I have to say. Would it be possible to implement a "grayscale" mode? Like a mode where you still have the same 3D look but everything is in different shades of gray?

      • Andrea Pantaloni

        Thanks for your kind words! We plan to continue to work and update our game so yes, additional graphical effects and styles are certainly a possibility in future updates.

    • http://billhay.es/ Bill Hayes

      That is a completely fair and reasonable way to do IAP's. Good stuff.

  • Cheeseball

    LOL. I like how people are commenting on the IAP when they don't know that the IAP are expansion packs (not consumables) for the game.

  • gspida

    I see that this dev is trying to explode my brain. Nice try but I need what little brain I have left :) Looks like a nice game just not for me.

  • Bob Hart

    Make the price $2.99 and forget the IAPs

    IAPs are a turnoff

    • Andrea Pantaloni

      Could you explain us why? The way we've done it you can play the base game for $0.99 and if you don't like it you'we wasted less money. If you (as we certainly hope ;) ) do like it and want more, you can spend $1.98 to get the two expansion packs. Where is the downside for the customer?

  • Skyroads-Fan

    reminds me A LOT (!) of the old, but great Skyroads game from DOS. I guess it's exactly same as the original, but without the jumping features, which were available in the original.

    • Dave Hamilton

      Ohhhhh man how i used to love them Days!!! Skyroads!!!! Epic!!!