Clear Vision is largely the work of one chap, but is currently one of the most popular paid apps on the App Store, and it has an average 4.5/5 rating after 12,712 reviews. Not too shabby.
But none of that counts for anything. People are idiots. Is Clear Vision worth buying? I’ll be the judge of that.
At Clear Vision’s core, it’s a sniper game. You control the target with the touchscreen, and must take distance and wind into account. That’s all there is to it. Easy to get to grips with, and oodles of fun.
While FDG Entertainment could’ve lazily presented us with a handful of levels in some sort of list, it’s the dressing that makes Clear Vision really stand out as something special.
Each target is given a back-story that usually defines him or her (actually, I’m pretty sure it’s always him) as a bad person. There are a few targets we don’t know too much about, but I’m sure they deserve what’s coming to them. Hopefully.
The targets are interspersed with animated scenes involving our stickman protagonist. He initially turns to sniping after jacking in his crappy supermarket job, for example.
There’s also a running story with the landlord and a female character, but I won’t spoil either thread in case you haven’t played – or finished – Clear Vision yet.
Having said that, if you have played Clear Vision, there’s also a good chance you’ll have finished it, because it lasts less than an hour from start to finish.
To be fair, while the story is left hanging (‘To be continued…’), FDG promises there are free updates in production. Hurry up, guys!
Getting back to those positives, there’s a random distraction in the form of a boxing arena, where you can go to bet your hard-earned cash. I should warn that I lost something like nine times out of eleven, so it doesn’t quite seem to be 50/50.
There’s also a handful of sniper rifle upgrades to save up for, offering faster rate of fire, increased damage, and larger clip sizes. Good times.
Oh, and not all the levels involve shooting targets in the head. Again, I won’t spoil those little extras in case you’ve yet to play it.
And that’s about the size of Clear Vision. Good stuff.
- Nice stickman cutscenes
- Not just about shooting targets in the head
- Five rifles
- Reeeaaally short
- Some levels involve trial and error
Summary: Clear Vision is an excellent sniper game, and clearly a lot of thought has gone into it. But be warned: it’s short as heck.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: 69p @ App Store