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iPad Game Review: Survivors: The Quest for iPad Review
      #47584 - 01/19/15 04:31 PM

A time and resource management game in the style of TV's LOST. You awake on the beach of a seemingly abandoned island to find that the commercial jet you were on has somehow soft-landed in the jungle. Most of the passengers have disappeared, but a few of you remain to somehow survive, and if possible, unravel the mystery of the island.



Gameplay

Gameplay is task and timer-based, and to be successful, you will need to balance your party's need for food/rest/recreation against the need to solve the main quest. You will also have to spend time keeping your team on friendly terms with one another, which will make game choices even more difficult. This is not a game to which you will lose long stretches of time immersing yourself in the story. This is a game built for mobile's bite-sized gaming appetites. At first, there's plenty to keep you playing continuously, but as you progress, the various activities will begin to take much longer to complete. At this point, you will need to either leave the game while the timers tick-down, or spend money to buy Crystals, the in-game currency that can be used to shorten these timers. At this point, you should either expect to regularly spend money on crystals or log back in for a few minutes every several hours to finish tasks and set your team on the path to completing new ones. Don't stay away too long, though, because the game clock is realtime, meaning if you don't regularly come back to check on your team, you could find them starving or exhausted. Gameplay is quite compelling, however, and like many timer-based freemium games, it starts to take on an addictive quality. The difficulty ramps up considerably in the late game, but for the patient and skilled gamer, Survivors: The Quest is certainly winnable without spending real money. If you're neither of those things, you will likely feel the siren's call to buy crystals just to avoid losing.



Graphics

Survivors: The Quest features an isometric 3rd-person perspective. This means that you will feel like you are looking at your team from above, and that they are slightly offset in front of you. This works quite well for a game like this, and the graphics are crisply drawn, albeit minimally animated. Although the time of day matters a great deal in Survivors, there are no dynamic lighting effects or shadows to give you the feeling that time is passing as you play. This limits the immersive factor somewhat, but in no way breaks the game.

Sound

The sound effects are mostly limited to ambient sounds like surf, wind, etc; but the music is quite good.

In-App Purchases (IAPs)

Survivor: The Quest is free to play, and as such, offers the chance to purchase crystals with real money to speed up the game's timers.



Conclusion

If you enjoy time and resource management games, and aren't put off by the freemium game model, you will likely find Survivors: The Quest quite enjoyable.

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 3.5 - Nicely drawn, but minimally animated
Sound: - 3.5 - Decent sound effects and a good soundtrack
Controls: - 5 - A very straightforward interface and organized interface.
Gameplay: - 4.5/2 - Lovers of free-to-play games are going to enjoy this quite a bit (4.5) while premium gamers will likely find it more pay-to-win than free-to-play (2).

Playing Hints and Tips:

Don't spend crystals out of impatience; save them for the late game when speeding up a timer can mean the difference between success and failure. Ignore the relationships between team members at your peril. Don't ignore the game too long as the time passes even when you are away.



App Facts:

Developer: G5 Entertainment
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Price: Free with IAPs
Buy App: Survivors: The Quest


Reviewed by Tom Slayton







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