Avoid is a fast-paced arcade game that will test your reflexes!
User reviews: Very Positive (119 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 8, 2014
Popular user-defined tags for this product:

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Avoid Sensory Overload


Recommended By Curators

"Listen to the music, watch the fluo graphics, avoid the obstacles. Developed by 48h Studio."
Read the full review here.

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?


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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
GooD Twitch-Heavy Game!

If you like this game You can try another Twitch-Havy games:
Super Hexagon
The collider
Rabbit Hole 3D
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I'd put this game in terms of gameplay Super Hexagon. The easy levels are very completable, and the game is quite fun. It is definitely comparable to Super Hexagon(or the Impossible Game, etc) in terms of difficulty once you are finished with easy. The difficulty curve gets steep and fast. But at least until you get up to hard and extreme it's not unreasonably hard, just very unforgiving.

I also warn against long play sittings: the visuals can induce nausea if you are sensitive to strobe lights and flashing colours.

The music is electronic/trance/synth, so if you dislike that music style, I'd avoid this game. But it is good music, but I will note that in playing the levels, the music gets incredibly repetitive quickly when it's the same 60 seconds of music for 8 levels(or more if you have to go through a level multiple times).

I definitely recommend the game if it's on sale(as I purchased it). It's a pretty cheap game, and good future fun if you like to climb the scoreboads and replay the endless levels.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
I have trouble with anything spatial-related; did relatively well throughout the algebras, but once I got to trigonometry, calculus, etc.... brain no compute.

Thus, I struggle to reckon the ship's dimensions, to figure the perspective.
Math IS good for something (practically everything) - even that advanced (")theoretical(") math. Stay in school, kids.

Actual Review:

The Music can wear on you.

There are 4 different Tracks to progress down, each with their own visual and musical themes.
Each of those Tracks has 4 different Tiers (difficulties), each with 8 Levels;
Each subsequent Level in a Tier adds to how far through the musical track you get through -
Each Level within the Tiers is different from the last, though they appear to be static (i.e. you can memorize the layout).

The different Tiers within the same Track have different Music to accompany them.

===Electronic: The advertised image is the Electronic track; the cylinder you're shooting through appears to surround a visualizer, reacting to the Music. Avoid sets of Orbs bouncing between two points.
===Minimal: The obstacles pulse to the Music. Avoid Rival Ships that fly down the Track with you.
===Laserdance: A pulsating corona within the center of the Track responds to the Music. The obstacles are the same color as the collectibles. Therefore, the only thing to (")avoid(") is Sliding Platforms.
===Synthrock: Another pulsating corona (though to a lesser extent). The Tracks are much more, er, angular (diagonally inclined). Avoid Spike Traps.

Mind that these summaries are only from the first (and sometimes second) Tiers; I've no doubt that with each subsequent Tier, more obstacles and features will be implemented.

You can customize the color scheme of your ship.

You can play with keyboard, controller and even the mouse - the only controls are "Move Left; Move Right."
Keyboard, of course, offers better responsiveness.
Mouse seems to allow your ship to move slightly faster, at the loss of some precision.
Have yet to try controller.

There are different (")power-ups(") to collect, such as a Shield that allows you to survive one collision, a "Drop" that lowers all obstacles in your line of sight, a [unknown] that fills the gaps in your path for a(n extremely) short period of time. These power-ups are Track specific.

When selecting a Track, there is a "?" - Click it to see all of the Track specific obstacles/power-ups/etc.

If you wish to chill while being stressed: Avoid Sensory Overload.
The overall feel of the game is the most relaxing (rave-induced) trip you'll ever experience; the (")checkpoints(") - which aren't really, as any time you crash, you'll respawn a little ways before then, invincible for a few moments - are points at which the speed of things is increased. Break out in a stress-induced sweat while calm. How strange.

I was torn between this and Race the Sun.
I don't regret my decision.
(I got Race the Sun in a Bundle soon after; it is amazing too, in its own right - hardly comparable to Avoid, except in that you're flying down a track.)

*EDIT*: Were it not for the (almost) assaulting visuals, I would argue that this game should've been called "Muscle Memory Trainer." It claims reflexes are necessary; I claimed "you can memorize the layout [of the tracks]."
False; your first several runs will be to get a feel for the tracks; your golden runs will be to put that muscle memory (which I guess could be called "reflexes," at first) to use.
This is not necessarily a criticism, I will keep coming back to the game when I'm pondering what other game to play.
Just. Fair warning.
Muscle Memory Trainer WHILE Avoid(ing) Sensory Overload.

Also: There is an Endless Mode on each of the Tracks with different difficulty levels; Leaderboards. I'm fairly certain that the Endless Mode is randomly generated; it is here that reflexes are actually necessary, *nodnod*.
Also: I think the music is not necessarily bound to a certain Level/Track/whatever; it might be random what music plays when. Maybe.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Even at full price, it's worth it. This is a well made, simple, arcade gem! The game at it's core isn't original at all, but this modern presentation of dodge-craft is pure Genius. If you are looking for something to get score beating addicted to, this is it!

This is also, on extreme difficulty, (IMO) the hardest game ever.

CONS: none really. but I do wish you had the option to listen to or download the soundtrack. Also, the ability to change the resolution option INSIDE the game, so you could have full controller support (for big picture mode) would be nice. I would pay extra for new/add on levels. I hope they make some.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Such fun! I finally found a game to play, while pondering what game I'm going to play (and this can be a difficult decision.
It's a lazer, stroble lights, everything keeps moving kinda game.

I think it's at its best, when you put your headphones on, turn down all the lights and just get lost in the left-righ-left-righ-left-left, dang there goes my ship over the border feeling. :-)
Since you've got three ships to crash or navigate over the edges one lost ship doesn't damage your mood to badly either. So it makes for a great time-waster with a simple enough gameplay, but even more challenging modes if you're in it to win it.
Handling of the ships with a keyboard feels good and it's just as responsive as you'd imagine it, meaning you know when you've pressed the button to late and won't blame the game for lag.

If you're prone to get headaches or easily feel nauseous, than it's probably not for you, but if you every wished to have an arcade machine with a simple "get the ship from a to b without hitting stuff" game in your own living room, well, that's the game for you. For less than a buck it's definitely worth the money, if only you could play your own music while playing I'd even be willing to pay another buck, but well I guess you can't have it all.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This game gets real challenging real quick. Great arcade style side to side, dodge this , pick up that, fast paced, oopps I just smashed my face into that wall game.The beats are nice and the levels are bright and pulsing( don't play in the dark and make sure to take breaks), playing it for extended periods of time I felt like my eyes might begin to melt.Super awsome game and cant beat the price. 8 / 10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
People compare this game to Super Hexagon, and I can kinda see that. Yeah, in the sense that after awhile the flashing lights and the constant hard hitting music might overload your senses, as the game title suggests. But that's really where the similarities end. I like the challenge this game provides because I feel that it trains two parts of my reflexes I apparently lack as a gamer: Horizontal depth perception and pacing(in certain kind of stages). Like most kids who grew up on 3D platformers, you might be used to understanding the depth of what's in front of you no problem, especially since you're always adjusting some camera to make that more easy to digest. But the perspective this game throws at you requires a nice twist to plugging your head into some 3D game that not a lot of others require you to be able to work. That alone makes it a neat challenge 100%ing this game's achievements, and then there's pacing. The game might throw at you here and there a wave of blocks to weave in and out of or something, but without understanding the rhythm or how fast you're going you'll hit something every time, and I also enjoy that.

TLDR; the game's diabolical, unfair in some aspects, ♥♥♥♥s with your head after awhile and requires you to take breaks from it, and I love every second of it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This game is actually really good! Great music! Great difficulty! I love it! And i'm only on the second wave of levels!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 22

Best Game Over Simulator.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
The first game I've ever played that made me feel like wanting to throw up.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
if you like games like the imposible game there is a good chance you will like this game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
A competently made game, but I can't recommend this over Audiosurf. This game just brings nothing fresh to the table for the asking price of $4.99
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
16 of 17 people (94%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
18 of 21 people (86%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 9 people (100%) 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny