Avoid is a fast-paced arcade game that will test your reflexes!
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Very Positive (163 reviews) - 89% of the 163 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 8, 2014

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Avoid is a fast-paced arcade game that will test your reflexes. Drive your vehicle through an obstacle-filled course and try to go as far as you can. Grab bonus items to help you survive... just a little bit more. Climb up the online leaderboard and show the world who's best! Are your fingers fast enough?


Fast arcade game, easy to learn but difficult to master
Challenging levels and a randomly generated endless mode
Engaging visual effects and soundrack
Online leaderboards
Have we already mentioned that it's FAST?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
In theory, Avoid is a pretty straightforward game. In practice, it's a lot of left and right it's a mad and magnificent dash with a heavy dose of difficulty and a nice dash of variety.

The difficulty ramps up nicely - for the first set of levels or so, you have the leisure to worry about collecting every multiplier powerup to finish the level with a perfect score. Gradually, that ideal fades into unfeasibility, and you're left with the simple goal of getting slightly farther on each attempt. It's plenty hard but far from impossible - in 7 hours I was able to complete everything through Hard and one set of Extreme levels (though I decided the rest were probably beyond my skill level). The ability to 'learn' each level over the course of many (many) tries is nice as it makes it rare to feel cheated - and if you'd rather focus on snap reaction than, uh, lethal reconaissance, there's an endless survival mode as well.

The levels are divided into four different themes (scroll through those pictures at the top for a sense), each with its own set of level features and powerups. This does a nice job of keeping things fresh - the levels in each theme have a fairly well defined mechanical identity to go along with the visuals, keeping them distinct enough that it doesn't get boring over 128 levels despite the minimal nature of the game.

One point worth mentioning is the controls - some other reviews have complained that you should be able to move exactly one square at a time. There's some merit to that - digital movement on an analog grid can feel pretty awkward at times - but this scheme is so much smoother than the alternative (especially on the synthrock levels with diagonal blocks) that it's absolutely the right decision for the game.

Avoid takes a simple concept and executes it well - if you're up for some frenzied arcade action, give it a shot.
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Don't avoid Avoid if you enjoy to dodge obstacles and precipices while listening to some nice tunes. On the harder difficulties its harder than a bullet hell game... just nuts.
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This game messes with your vision! After playing for even as little as 10 minutes as soon as you look away from the game everything seems to be getting further for a few minutes. Almost like an illusion but overall the game is pretty fun and addicting.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
very fun and addictive game, your objective is to avoid the obstacles in front of you to reach the end.
simple concept but it gets harder as you advance, it has great level design, great soundtrack and more than enough content to justify its price and more. so i would highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a simple yet chellenging game.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
Aptly named! High speed techno-blaring arcade racer. Only a few types of hazards, pitfalls, walls, missles, and moving left-right orb-walls.

Power ups? They instantly work, you can't save them for a tasteful time later. Fits in with the high-speed arcade gameplay.

If you like the oldie Skyroads, or the remake Tasty Static (highly reccomended, both are free, google em!) You'll feel comfortable here, though it's a set pace, and you can't jump, it still provides a feeling of staisfaction the further you get on endless, or beating a particularly hard level on the normal levels.

Waiting on a level-editor, if not mods too.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
It reminds me of my Super Hexagon experience.. "Begin, game over.. Begin, game over.. Begin, game over.." etc.

If you enjoy challenging games then this would be right up your alley. There are 4 types of levels to pick from, each have unique obstacles to dodge. You can choose to play in "Easy, Medium, Hard or Extreme" and there is an option to play in an endless mode which is really fun.

The controls are a bit sensitive though. If you have 3/4 of your ship on land and 1/4 over a ledge then it will count as a death. The music is repetitive and gets old fast. Those are really the only two complaints I have about the game.

I recommend the game to anyone who is patient and enjoys difficult games, especially if you can get it on a sale.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
In this game, you move a spaceship left and right as it automatically scrolls forward, avoiding obstacles as you progress. It's a simple premise, and Avoid: Sensory Overload really isn't breaking any new ground. But what begins as a rather mediocre addition to the pile of retro-inspired games available on Steam quite rapidly develops into one of the toughest games in your library, and what's more, it's addictive. At advanced levels, the game's pace is breakneck, and the course is littered with pitfalls and obstacles. Leagues harder than comparable titles like Audiosurf, Avoid: Sensory Overload is a no B.S. test of skill and reaction time. Your average gamer probably won't make it through the Medium levels, and most of us probably won't make it through the Hard levels. Even if you're the kind of Ulillillia tier savant it takes to make it through Extreme difficulty, you can pile on a fresh challenge by playing the Endless mode for a randomly-generated infinite run. At the fair price of $5, Avoid: Sensory Overload scratches the itch for a simple game at both extremes: It's fun enough to pick up and play for a quick session, and difficult enough to provide a challenge in the long term.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Good game is very fun but becomes Super Hexagon once you get into the harder levels.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Really trippy game. You guide your ship through an ever-changing course that gets faster and with a variety of obstacles to avoid, anything from spikes to moving platforms. You really need to be on the ball in order to shoot up the leaderboards in this game.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Fly your spaceship through various obstacles categorized in 4 worlds.
Extremely crisp controls, optimal for keyboards.
Music is okayish, could use some more energy often too slow and soothing.
The perspective often leaves you with an unsafe feeling because you
cannot clearly see where blocks end.

This game forces you to perfect your hand eye coordination and at the
same time trains your periferal vision too see whats coming up while
focusing your ship to not touch walls or holes (or vice versa).

Offering easy, normal, hard and extreme difficulty, there is something for
everyone out there. I managed to beat some extreme levels but could
only proceed if I'd play and learn those levels many many times.

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All Might
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 11
A challenging game that is a bit too colourful, but awesome to play. :)
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Fun game to zone out to.
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15.6 hrs
Posted: August 1
nice good game you need skills and perfect eye (or cheat engine) valve need VAC on this game if you rich buy this game and rush b this game like rush b you can't stop this game if you stop game crashed
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11.7 hrs
Posted: July 14
this game is damn hard as fk.it makes me rage like a 7 years old kid cry for beg mom to buy toys

10/10 you never beat extreme level
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65.2 hrs
Posted: May 11
Okay, so my initial review was basically that this game is impossible for a human to finish but that I enjoyed it anyways. Well, here we are a few dozen hours later and I guess I have to revise that. New review: this game is one of the most intense experiences I've had on Steam. While it can be frustrating at times, the game is very "fair" and levels that seem to require inhuman speed actually just require incredible timing. The game is less about hitting buttons fast and more about figuring out a plan and executing it at the proper time. And trying not to have your brain melt after 10+ hour sessions when your eyes are bleeding and you can't remember your own name anymore. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who watches 10 seconds of gameplay and thinks that they're up for a challenge. Stay away if you're on the fence, because it will crush your spirit.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: April 21

and can use more words but is fun too.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: March 20
Great game with hours and hours of challenging game play. The graphics are simple and bold. The music is well suited. It's addicting because you think it's going to be easy, but honestly, it can be very tricky. It's amazing I still have any hair left ater wanting to pull it out because of frustration at that stupid hole I just fell into.

Good news though. I finally beat my grandaughter's score. She's 11. Dang kids!
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5.2 hrs
Posted: February 16
Seriously good time waster, had a bunch of fun playing this
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7.9 hrs
Posted: February 13
Firstly I don't know why the record says 6.5 hours. I've easily hit 20+ since I bought it. I have gotten more than my money's worth for this title.

I think how much you're into the 'navigate obstacles at high speeds' genre will largely determine whether you'll find this game worth your time and money. It's far from the best on offer, but it's solid in most respects and can make for many hours of weirld relaxing-yet-hectic fun provided you're willing to look over some issues.

Firstly, the difficulty. It's unbalanced, and quite noticably so. These are the 4 difficulty settings, with what they actually feel like:

Easy = Very Easy
Medium = Very Hard
Hard = Extreme
Extreme = Muscle Memory Master from Hell

You will have quite a difficult time navigating the narrow pathways of the harder settings while also managing to avoid projectiles, gather multipliers and avoiding dying. It is a mess, in an overall good way. It's well conceived, but doesn't have enough middle ground in terms of difficulty for more casual players. It'll either put you to sleep or make you want to punch your monitor. Not much in between.

Gameplay is your standard stuff. Avoid walls and holes while grabbing multipliers which increase the rate at which your score counts up per amount of time, along with powerups of various kinds which are level-dependant. nothing new or exciting, but still solid and fun for short spans of time.

Controls are solid and seem to fit the level design as they should. At no point have I felt a death was unfair due to shoddy controls. It's tight and handles well, to an extent that all the dying you'll be doing (a lot), madding as it is, is not likely to feel overtly cheap.

Aesthetic is kinda basic with no surprises. Strictly 'arcade' with a few different techno Tron-inspired layouts and color schemes, with a lightshow in the background which keeps a beat to the music. Nothing spectacular, but I can't complain.

Music is hit and miss. Each difficulty setting per layout has it's own track, with some having two tracks each which alternate. I found about 65% of the music to range from boring to annoying as hell, while the other 35% was decent and kinda catch and enjoyable. YMMV on this. Rather standard techo/electronica with scarce variety. Not in my opinion noteworthy.

Overall I would fully recommend this game when it's on sale to people who already at least somewhat like the genre. They won't be disappointed in having another game for their collection to load up here and there for some casual fun. Nothing new here really, but nothing really bad either. You'll likely come away satisfied for at least a good 6-8 hours spread out over a few weeks.
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