Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation
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VR Mission has players sneak and assassinate their ways to victory, all while solving puzzles. The app successfully combines action and puzzles to make an interesting, but short game.
Players assume the role of a tough looking man and are tasked with infiltrating an enemy compound. Along the way players have to gather intelligence and download data from computers.
There are only a few weapons in the game to choose from. The default is a knife and very quickly players are given a handgun. The game will automatically aim the gun at enemies if they are close enough, which takes away a lot of the challenge of using the gun. There is an in-game store where players can buy various upgrades, such as a silencer, more bullets, a telescope, and armor. The app also includes achievements players can strive for.
Currently the game only has 15 levels, with a 16th level supposedly on the way. The small amount of levels is disappointing and hopefully more levels will be added soon.
The main obstacle that players must avoid is pacing armed guards. Every guard repeatedly moves in the same path and the field of vision every guard is projected in front of them. The main challenge is timing when to make a move and not be seen. When seen, the alarm will go off and the screen will start blinking red. The nearby guards will deviate from their paths and begin shooting. If players survive long enough, the alarm will go off and the guards will resume pacing. There are other obstacles, such as lasers and cameras which will set off the alarm too.
The game includes a lot of puzzles in later levels. Some of them require moving boxes to block lasers or to activate a switch.
The main flaw of the game is the controls. Precise movement is key, and the virtual analog stick makes moving diagonal a pain. Also, to stand still one must remove his/her finger, and when placed back on the virtual analog stick causes the character to move in often times unwanted directions.
VR mission mixes puzzles and action to create an amusing game. The small amount of levels and poor controls hold it back from being stellar game.