Developer: Rising Step
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★★ 
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The 20th President of the United States, James Garfield, was said to have been able to write Greek with one hand while also writing Latin with the other. He was also able to do this at the same time; a task that many of us today would find to be sorcery. Heck, some people are incapable of chewing gum and walking concurrently, much less doing a simultaneous task with both hands.

screens16The folks at Rising Step say pish-posh to our ambidextrous shortcomings by developing the game Dual Survivor, which has players move two circular spacecraft along a board while dodging alien fire and collecting energy orbs. Oh, and the player must pilot these ships at the same time – moving one with the right hand and the other with the left. This idea of synchronous movement is a lot more challenging than one would believe, especially when reaching higher levels. The platforms no longer match up, meaning the right and left hands may have to do different things on the screen. There’s also no means of the ships to work independently of one another; once players lose one of their ships it’s Game Over, even if the other one is still going.

The artwork and graphics in Dual Survivor are absolutely stunning. Players will not have to worry about blurry images or confusing one thing for another, as everything is crisp, clean, beautiful, and just perfect. The graphics are rendered in high definition and users lucky enough to use newer devices with the Retina display will be immersed with an even better visual experience. The contrast of bright lights on the dark surface of space also helps things really stand out.

screens21While the gameplay may be extremely frustrating in this title, it drives the player to want to strive harder. Whether their eye hand coordination is amazing or terrible, every player will definitely find Dual Survivor challenging. Despite that, it’s still a really good game; the challenge coming from the human mind’s ability to operate both sides of the brain and emitting physical output simultaneously. At least this title doesn’t simultaneously hit one’s pocket book up-front, while also hitting it again in the form of in-app purchases.

So whether one is in the market for a visually stunning game, something more taxing on the brain than the typical mobile game, or even something that holds entertainment while improving the brain and body’s synchronization, Dual Survivor is a title totally worth getting.


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