Avoid is a fast-paced arcade game that will test your reflexes!
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (159 reviews) - 89% of the 159 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 8, 2014

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About This Game

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?

Features:

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Overall:
Very Positive (159 reviews)
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mattBLiTZ
( 65.2 hrs on record )
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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evawdnuoScimotA
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
It's

Hard
Fast
Colourful
and can use more words but is fun too.
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GamerGranny
( 4.0 hrs on record )
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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skeptile2
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
Seriously good time waster, had a bunch of fun playing this
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DeadZoneDevil
( 7.8 hrs on record )
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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PageWraith
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
This game could be a lot of fun if you did not have to rely on the coasting movement of pressing a key or a mouse button. With this set up it just becomes repetitive failure while you learn where to be, zero skill required. Tie movement into movement of the mouse then it becomes a game of skill. It's pretty stupid the way it has been set up.
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[Ptc]DragonCreeper
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
+ Awesome music
+ Awesome levels
+ Awesome graphics
+ Awesome gamestyle

- can´t stop playing this game after starting
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ONI-CHAN!!![SKU]
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 10, 2015
I find that even THIS is better than COD...
(no offence)
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King_Fabulous
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2015
It's an addictive game. But I did find myself getting an almost high off the colors and movement, so if you're susceptable to such things, don't play for long periods. Otherwise, great game! The colors are the nice, the music is a nice mellow tone that goes well with the in-game environment. It's a bit of an irritant at times, but not so much that I regret buying it.
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-C0ZEN-
( 29.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 10, 2015
It's a good ♥♥♥♥ing impossible game.
Try some achievements but I needed to surrender.
Don't trust videos, this game is very hard !
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Sir Bonevoyage
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
this game is fun but it gets cheeky very fast
you can get rage mode real quick so avoid if you rage alot. but still 9 spoops od 10
and soundtrack is cool
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Pie A La Mode
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 8, 2015
Cheap, fun, simple, and has a great ambiance.
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ChrisBalderst0n
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 3, 2015
My senses may or may not have been overloaded.
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[FEAR] Gideon
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2015
Another one of those "avoid" games. 10/10 for a nice soundtrack.
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Ithaqua
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 14, 2015
The music sucks and the only thing worse is the visuals, which explains the title. That said while it's not as good as "The collider" or "Boson X", it's not a bad game (other than the audio & video)

Pro:
Fun
Lower system soecs
Steam cards & achieves


Con:
Unbalanced difficulty
Repetitive

Overall:
5/10 +1 cards, +1 fun, -1 unbalanced, -1 visual / audio = 5/10
Thumbs sideways
Grab this game on sale if your into arcade runner games.
That said there is better games on steam for a similar price
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Insomniac
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 9, 2015
I bought this on sale, on a whim.

I still don't think it's worth it.
The game is either stupidly easy or stupidly hard, there's no inbetween here.
The soundtrack is boring and repetetive, graphics are lackluster, and gameplay as a whole just seems to be lacking something- I got bored of it very quickly.

It's a basic game without anything really 'special' or unique about it to redeem it.
Only buy if you can get it VERY cheap.
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tekkenfan23
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12, 2015
Awesome game ! Just get it.
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andrewnmarais
( 29.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11, 2015
It is a very fun game with several modes and difficulties for any level. Love it!
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AaToSMeD
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1, 2015
Yes-Kid-Friendly:
Everything about this game is safe. No worries for the kids!

Dear Brother:
It’s so simple but I found myself having tons of fun. I think this would be a game that we can both enjoy. We can take turns crashing our ship trying to dodge and avoid everything. I bet playing this game in dim-lighted conditions would be good too!

Dear Wife:
This is that kind of game that I would highly recommend for you! Every gamer has their beginnings and I think putting this in your list of top ten games to first play and master is a definite must.

KEPT/removed:
This is a runner that will always have a place in the heart of my hard drive forever.

My Last Thoughts:
This is a great game to relax with but you can also ramp up the difficulty if you want some intense moments too! Avoid-Fail-Scream!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.2 hrs on record
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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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Mesmerizing, addicting and challenging fast paced dodging game. I just wish you could use your own music. The controls are easy to use and the game is quite fun until it starts to feel repetitive. If you play too long, you start seeing the game when you blink after you quit lol.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6t7r4mN0ws
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
Playing only a bit of it, the game is somewhat addictive. The soundtrack is amazing for this game. It's more or less an endurance run, grab a shield to avoid hitting walls and bullets, but also avoid the holes on the floor that end the game. The longer you stay, the more points you have. Other than that, there isn't much more. Multipliers do help.

And I'm sure once this game builds a big enough audience, my name won't be on the high score board. (I'm kinda bad at video games)
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
This game is fun. Colorful, nice music, and interesting levels.

Kind of a Race the Sun meets Super Hexagon.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
fun little game and definatly worth the small price. challenging levels that will make you want to keep retrying and a endless mode to see how far you can get. if you've got a bit of spare change, pick this game up
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2014
Fun game. The music is very fitting for the levels, and you just want to keep playing it...
If you like games like Super Hexagon, try this.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
GAH
IT'S FRUSTRATING

Becomes extremely fun once fundamentals are down.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Best leaderboard competition

You need fast reflexes and good hand eye coordination

Any little distraction can ♥♥♥♥ you up and make you lose your next new high score

I find the controls are much better on the android version of Avoid.

If you want to kill a few minutes or addictively persue the high scores then this is for you competitive people


10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
I bought this on sale, on a whim.

I still don't think it's worth it.
The game is either stupidly easy or stupidly hard, there's no inbetween here.
The soundtrack is boring and repetetive, graphics are lackluster, and gameplay as a whole just seems to be lacking something- I got bored of it very quickly.

It's a basic game without anything really 'special' or unique about it to redeem it.
Only buy if you can get it VERY cheap.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Welcome to Highway Hypnosis: The Game! Do you remember that old DOS game, SkyRoads? It's like that, but with powerups, score multipliers, music, no jumping, and you're in Tron instead of outer space. Avoiding the hitboxes on obstacles and pitfalls for perfect run achievements is a chore, but it's entertaining to zone out to the flashing background, soundtrack, and moving levels, and let your fingers go on autopilot. It's repetitive, frustrating, and oddly entrancing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Avoid is very addicting! the music, levels colour and diffrences between the levels keep me comming back once and awhile to try and beat that last level, but be warned the game is tough.

Avoid is one of those games where if you play it for too long you may get frustrated and begin to preform less and less, atleast thats what I find when playing this game. My tip to you if you purchase this wonderful game: take breaks every once and awhile, stairing into those tunnels for too long will make you go cross-eyed.

My personal reccomendation: buy it if you love a challenge.
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