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"The enemy is a homicidal CCTV camera and it's stalking you with a deadly laser beam. The only way to defeat it is to get right up close and personal. It's like playing hide-and-seek with HAL from 2001." - JOYSTIQ.COM




"inspired by retro games of the pre-NES era, Surveillant is unlike anything most iOS game enthusiasts will have encountered before. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good game of Hide-and-Seek and doesnt have an aversion toward tilt controls" - IFANZINE.COM


Inspired by the 8-bit classic 'The Sentinel', Surveillant is a stark and stylish 'stealth-em-up' with simple tilt & tap controls. 12 increasingly challenging levels await your exploration as you try to reach the sinister CCTV Camera sweeping an arc of hot red destruction across the landscape.

Your goal is to reach the base of the CCTV Cam! But the higher you get, the more you expose yourself to view - one wrong move and you'll be TOASTED!

With subtle, ambient audio and music by Vector Lovers HEADPHONES are recommended... the sound of the wind builds as you ascend and the whine of the laser shifts frequency as the beam strikes different surfaces. Getting spotted by the CCTV will make you jump - again and again!



TILT the device left or right to turn toward the left or right.

TILT the device away / towards you to look up and down.

TOUCH platforms or ground to move to that point. You can move a long way if the landing point is clearly visible. While moving you can still turn around - but you cannot start a new move until you have landed.

HOLD the LOOK BUTTON / MINI SCANNER to look at the CCTV Camera. Remember, the view might be blocked by a wall - if so, the CCTV can't see you either! The MINI SCANNER shows the CCTV's cone of vision as well as yourself (white dot) and any Drones (red dots).

PAUSE the game by touching the status bar at the top of the screen.


iPhone 4 display issues fixed in this update!

ImNoSuperMan's comments:

01-23-2011, 08:39 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,506
So I already gave it a try and I think its a well done puzzler especially for free (launch promo).

Only a couple of complaints here. Right now it only has tilt controls and I'd prefer if they add a slider/joystick to look left/right instead. Also the you cant see up/down. You can only move it left or right. Their year old beta video had the cam moving up/down so not sure why they removed it. Doesnt make a difference in the gameplay though so thats not a big deal. Also it has only 10 levels (acc to app description), so lets hope the promised update show up soon enough

01-23-2011, 08:51 AM
The real Surveillant game is:

The Sentinel by FIREBIRD. A pure masterpiece...100 000 levels...
Please Crammond, give us this jewel !!!
01-23-2011, 08:58 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,675
Looks cool. I hate bad camera angles, so I hope what IMNS said is true.
01-23-2011, 09:11 AM
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: The Westcountry UK
Posts: 513
Yep...looks good. Liking the clean art style it suits the game. I'll definitely pick this up in the morning. Thanks for the free promotion Dev's
01-23-2011, 09:42 AM
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 417
Originally Posted by Akira01 View Post
The real Surveillant game is:

The Sentinel by FIREBIRD. A pure masterpiece...100 000 levels...
Please Crammond, give us this jewel !!!

Two thumbs up to that

Now playing: Tokaido, Jaipur, Race for the Galaxy, Potion Explosion, Lanterns, Lotus
Waiting for: Enough time to play through the back catalogue of my recent purchases
01-23-2011, 10:38 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Italy
Posts: 2,916
waiting for this!

I love this world!
01-23-2011, 11:17 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: NL
Posts: 505
Akira: You are, of course, aware of 'The Watcher' which pays full tribute to Geoff Crammond's work.


From the Surveillant app blurb above:
"Surveillant is a visionary new game with a minimalist design ethic..."

Minimalist design ethic? Well, not really, but that's arguable... Visionary new game? Not.

Honestly I pay more attention to an app when developers fully acknowledge their inspiration. It builds culture over novelty.

Originally Posted by Akira01 View Post
The real Surveillant game is:

The Sentinel by FIREBIRD. A pure masterpiece...100 000 levels...
Please Crammond, give us this jewel !!!

Mac user since 1988

Last edited by funambulist; 01-23-2011 at 11:39 AM.
01-23-2011, 01:54 PM
Joined: May 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,028
I like it, it's better than most free games.
01-23-2011, 04:13 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 1,869
so cool, cannot wait to try it
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Last edited by headcaseGames; 01-23-2011 at 04:16 PM.