escapeVektor release date and price announced for US PlayStation®Vita
The PS Vita release will become available on PlayStation®Store for PS Vita from January 22 for US$9.99.
escapeVektor is a retro styled arcade game in which the player controls Vektor, an entity trapped inside the player’s CPU. The player has to help Vektor escape the CPU which has been holding him captive. In making his escape, Vektor must get through obstacles and avoid enemies, each with different hunting patterns and intelligence. As the player completes the various levels in the game, escape becomes more difficult. New abilities unlock to help the player outwit and destroy the CPU’s army. As the player continues through the game, old code and memories are unlocked which reveal more about Vektor’s past.
A video for the game can be downloaded here.
The release of escapeVektor follows the 2011 release of the critically acclaimed and award-winning escapeVektor: Chapter 1. Initially planned as a 4-chapter series, Nnooo decided to roll all the chapters into one game and release it on portable games platforms such as the PS Vita. This “complete edition” of the game comes with 150 levels spread across 27 different worlds with additional enemies and obstacles, 3 types of online leaderboard and a new Wildcard system.
“We released escapeVektor in Europe in December and it’s been receiving great reviews” said Nic Watt, Creative Director at Nnooo. We’ve been working hard to get it released as soon as possible in the US.”
Players will be able to check their scores for each level of the game against scores of their friends, other players in their area and all players in the world using escapeVektor’s 3-tier leaderboard system. In addition, when a player completes a level for the first time, or beats a previous high-score on a level, they will be awarded a Wildcard. Wildcards can be played before starting a level and will double a player’s score if they successfully complete that level. However, the Wildcard will be lost if the player fails to complete the level.
“The game uses the unique features of each handheld device,” said Watt. “On the PS Vita we use the gyroscope and the touchscreen to adjust the camera angle and move Vektor around in the overworld maps, and we’re also making use of near™ functionality to drop additional Wildcards that players can pick up and use.”
PlayStation®Plus subscribers will be able to buy the game for a 20% discount for a limited period.
“We have had some great feedback and reviews already for the game with several 9/10 and 10/10s,” Watt said. “Fans of both the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS are really enjoying the game and it is great to be able to bring our games to new exciting platforms like the PSVita”.
Below are some quotes from reviews of both the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game:
“The gameplay is flawless in execution” 5/5 Aussie Gamer – PSVita Review
“One of the acest Vita titles yet” 9/10 Gamesblip – PSVita Review
“You must buy it” 9/10 Gamestyle – PSVita Review
“By far the best Pac Man/ Qix-styled retro game I’ve ever played” 4.5/5 Digitally Downloaded – PSVita and 3DS Review
“An addictive piece of classic gaming” 8.2/10 Analog Addiction – PSVita Review
“One awesome and at times insane arcade like game” 10/10 Fanbolt – Nintendo 3DS Review
“A fantastic portable game with a novel twist ” 9/10 Nintendo World Report – Nintendo 3DS Review
“escapeVektor is a great game” 9/10 Nintendolife – Nintendo 3DS Review
“Outstanding, addicting, and challenging gameplay” 9.5/10 Mini Fortress – Nintendo 3DS Review
“Slick presentation, catchy electronic beats and precise controls” Recommended Nintendo Force – Nintendo 3DS Review
“a fully fleshed out, score hunting, fiendishly fun and complete experience” Potaku – Nintendo 3DS Review
“the best 3DS eShop title yet” 9/10 God is a Geek – Nintendo 3DS Review