Mayday, mayday is anyone out there, please acknowledge. If you choose to acknowledge, you have begun the story in the new iOS game Mayday! Deep Space. It’s unlike any game you have played before as it provides a voice driven adventure that merges audiobook, and video game into one. Rather than using virtual buttons, touch gestures, or tilt controls, you simply use your voice to guide the main character to safety. The story takes place onboard the USS Appaloosa, which is a space ship that has been overrun by unseen monsters, and there’s just a lone survivor to help.
Mayday! Deep Space is quite an intriguing creation beyond the included content, just for having a voice driven adventure. The game gives you a communicator with a ship map, and the map is really all you have to go on. You get to the ship schematics along with a blue dot indicating the survivor, and red dots indicating monsters to stay away from. You tap the communicator to speak to the survivor to tell him to turn left, run forward, go right, and more. There are over ten different voice commands to lead the survivor to various sections of the ship that the story calls for across five chapters. The best part is that the game is quite responsive in its voice recognition to let you truly use your voice to fully complete the game.
The story of Mayday! Deep Space offers its own compelling sci-fi narrative that you will want to get to the conclusion of. The gameplay is completely unique, and it lets you focus on every movement of the character. It’s a lot easier to use a joystick to dash forward past enemies, than it is to use your words. Every guided direction gets you one step closer to finding out what happened on the USS Appaloosa. There are stretches with little danger, but they’re usually filled in with excellent voice work. The one problem is that the game is a little unresponsive when quick action is needed, but that’s the exception, not the rule. Also, the story is a bit on the short side, but it makes up for it in quality.
Mayday! Deep Space ($2.99, Universal) is a new, and compelling adventure that is easily worth the price of admission.