May­day! Deep Space

Fall­ing on deaf ears

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - £2.29 De­vel­oper Daniel Wil­son/Iron Cloud En­ter­tain­ment, may­ April 2015 |

Good on de­vel­oper Iron Cloud for de­fy­ing con­ven­tion: you con­trol May­day with only your voice.

It’s in­trigu­ing, but im­per­fect. Guiding the sur­vivor of a space­ship dis­as­ter via voice com­mands can be un­pre­dictable. Your charge oc­ca­sion­ally mis­hears clear in­struc­tions. Some­times he needs prompt­ing to fol­low routes that other times he’ll nav­i­gate au­to­mat­i­cally – and your in­struc­tions can undo progress. Rep­e­ti­tion doesn’t al­ways help and can lead to hu­man/iPhone ar­gu­ments best con­ducted in pri­vate.

May­day is over far too soon, partly be­cause it’s not hugely chal­leng­ing, and the ev­er­thick­en­ing plot concludes just as it gets in­ter­est­ing.

It’s a fine con­cept, par­tic­u­larly on the walki­etalkie sized iPhone, but it could have been bet­ter ex­e­cuted. Paul Dean

A great idea, which could be de­vel­oped fur­ther. This is too brief, too easy and too fid­dly.

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