Introduction

It is Valentines day and this is a game about couple. The colorful couple here is going for salsa in a treacherous place.

Duet is a game about maneuvering this couple, bound by the ring, where death is very common. But you get to rewind, re-live and dance again.

The colorful tails that follow this couple is the best graphic element of this game. I think I like games with pleasant zen like music. Games I recently reviewed ( Bluk and Roofbot) both have amazing soundscape. And this game – Duet – is the best so far in this category.

If you are impatient, then this is not the game for you. Though this game sounds pleasant, its really irritating at times and I found myself going for the home button numerous times while playing. This is like flappy bird, looks simple but it is not. But once you start playing this Duet, the couple calls you back again and again in your free time.

  • Design 95%
  • Difficulty 95%
  • Gameplay 85%
  • Storyline 75%
  • Game Levels 90%
  • Value for money 90%
  • Overall 90%

Duet Game

by Kumobius

Duet Game

Can't get enough Duet? Try the new "continuance" mode! There's no lives and no time limit; retry each wave as many times as you need.

Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm.

Best, Most Elegant iPhone Games of the Year 2013 - The New Yorker
Grand Prize Winner, Best Action, Best Audio - Intel Level Up
Best Design, Best Audio - Australian Game Developer Awards
Best Design - IGF China
PAX 10 & PAX East Indie Showcase Selection
Mobile Game of the Year 2013 - Kotaku
4.5/5 - Touch Arcade
4.5/5 - 148 Apps
4.5/5 - App Smile

"...few other games are as fun when you succeed." -- The New Yorker

"It feels as designed as a raindrop, and just as perfect." -- Ben Kuchera, Polygon

"Duet does what the best video games do." -- Kotaku

"Highly Recommended." -- Penny Arcade Report

"Duet looks hard as nails. And I love it." -- Touch Arcade

"Duet is a must-have." -- 148 Apps

"Shiel's soundtrack ... is as innovative as the game it scores." -- Jake Cleland, The Vine

"Your eyes, ears, and thumbs were built to perform this Duet together." -- Indie Games

"...Duet's plaintive and melancholic aesthetic imbues it with a sense of the profound." -- CVG

"But while the aesthetic of Duet is familiar, the gameplay is all new." -- Pocket Gamer

"It is fantastic." -- Tim Rogers

"Duet on iOS. Instant love. Instant." -- Mark Serrels

Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels - they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms -- that is Duet.

% NINE CHAPTERS

Experience nine chapters of deceptive narrative and nerve-twisting gameplay. Unlock the bonus Survival chapter for endless score chasing delight. Replay any stage to perfect your movements and unlock over 25 Game Center achievements. This is a game that will test you.

% EIGHT NEW EPILOGUE CHAPTERS

Explore a whole new narrative with all-new game mechanics in our new “epilogue” to Duet. Including over 40 new stages, new narrative and new remix tracks. You will need a new state of mind to complete this experience.

% PERFECT GAMEPLAY

With air tight controls and gameplay that’s tuned to perfection Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction. Touch either side of the screen to twist your vessels and avoid everything in your path. Remember: even that which begins simple can end complex.

% HYPNOTIC AUDIO

An outstanding handcrafted soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel. Nine unique and mesmerizingly beautiful compositions ensure an immersive experience for you at every step of your journey, complemented by full in-game vocal narration by Jojo Petrina.

% FULLY FEATURED

- Full iCloud support - sync your progress across all your devices.
- Universal App - play on your new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini.
- Compete with Game Center on the leaderboards.

% ABOUT KUMOBIUS

Selected for the Indie Showcase at PAX Aus and a finalist in both Game Design and Audio for the Freeplay Festival. This is another award-winning title from the team behind Time Surfer & Bean’s Quest. We call Duet a “Hex-like” in honour of Terry Cavanagh’s contribution to the medium of games and exploration of genres.

% ABOUT TIM SHIEL

Tim Shiel is a composer/producer based in Melbourne. Tim is known to some as Faux Pas, the moniker under which he released a steady stream of constantly shifting electronic music for many years. He is also known for his work as a broadcaster at Melbourne independent radio station 3RRR FM, and for his recent role as multi-instrumentalist in Gotye's live band.

% SUPPORT

Say hello@kumobius.com we’d love to hear from you! And follow us on Twitter: @kumobius

How to Play Duet

    You will be welcomed by a training session in the beginning of the game. Tap on the left and right sides of the screen to rotate the couple, which always stay diagonally opposite of the ring, counter-clockwise and clockwise respectively. And this is it, that is all in the controls.      

     Save the couple from the falling blocks. Some times there is a pattern in the blocks and sometimes there isn’t. Its going to take several attempts to get past each level. There is a great relief after finish each level.

      There is also a story that goes on behind each level, but you will rarely notice it with what you have got in your hands. Story starts with ignorance and goes till acceptance in the last level. There comes denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, depression and hope in between.The games tries to teach you some principles as you go on. Some really makes sense though not related to the game.

     Each part of this story has on average 6 levels. You have to finish one level before you can jump to next. Each level either ends with a satisfying finish or a gruesome blast on some block, which leaves a colorful mark.

More about Duet

      The graphics are nothing compared to some games on app store. The music is great. But the gameplay is what this game is all about. The whole here is worth more than the sum of its pieces.

      Nine different soundtracks for nine different stages, few with bass beats and the others with just pleasant immersive backdrop. The geometric floating designs in the back accompanies the music in mesmerizing the user.

      There is also a endless mode where you get 3 lives, and the goal is to aim for high scores before you exhaust them. Going through obstacles will slowly regenerate your health and this surely helps in getting big scores.

      There is a new “epilogue” to Duet with over 40 stages and new remix tracks.

Duet - Tips

     Stay in horizontal position with the blocks that come in the center, this will help to immediately rotate to escape the next block.

    Rotate in the same direction as the spinning blocks. This doesnt seem obvious in the beginning, but yeah it is not easy to figure it out.

What I like about Duet

Single control. Soundscape.

Edge of the seat experience at each level.

Trailing colors

Mesmerizing geometric backgrounds

What I donot like about Duet

Some levels are just based on luck and not much on skill.

Few levels are long enough to irritate you. Though, you will be immediately back into the game.

The story could be narrated in a better way.

What other reviewers has to say about Duet

Your eyes, ears, and thumbs were built to perform this Duet together. Indie Games

Shiel’s soundtrack … is as innovative as the game it scores Jake Cleland, The Vine

Duet looks hard as nails. And I love it. Touch Arcade

Conclusion

      With air tight controls and gameplay that’s tuned to perfection Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction.

     It is true what the game description says, your survival is dependent on protecting the sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms — that is Duet.

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DUET - APP CRITIC REVIEW

Apps Mentioned

Duet Game

by Kumobius

Duet Game

Can't get enough Duet? Try the new "continuance" mode! There's no lives and no time limit; retry each wave as many times as you need.

Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm.

Best, Most Elegant iPhone Games of the Year 2013 - The New Yorker
Grand Prize Winner, Best Action, Best Audio - Intel Level Up
Best Design, Best Audio - Australian Game Developer Awards
Best Design - IGF China
PAX 10 & PAX East Indie Showcase Selection
Mobile Game of the Year 2013 - Kotaku
4.5/5 - Touch Arcade
4.5/5 - 148 Apps
4.5/5 - App Smile

"...few other games are as fun when you succeed." -- The New Yorker

"It feels as designed as a raindrop, and just as perfect." -- Ben Kuchera, Polygon

"Duet does what the best video games do." -- Kotaku

"Highly Recommended." -- Penny Arcade Report

"Duet looks hard as nails. And I love it." -- Touch Arcade

"Duet is a must-have." -- 148 Apps

"Shiel's soundtrack ... is as innovative as the game it scores." -- Jake Cleland, The Vine

"Your eyes, ears, and thumbs were built to perform this Duet together." -- Indie Games

"...Duet's plaintive and melancholic aesthetic imbues it with a sense of the profound." -- CVG

"But while the aesthetic of Duet is familiar, the gameplay is all new." -- Pocket Gamer

"It is fantastic." -- Tim Rogers

"Duet on iOS. Instant love. Instant." -- Mark Serrels

Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels - they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms -- that is Duet.

% NINE CHAPTERS

Experience nine chapters of deceptive narrative and nerve-twisting gameplay. Unlock the bonus Survival chapter for endless score chasing delight. Replay any stage to perfect your movements and unlock over 25 Game Center achievements. This is a game that will test you.

% EIGHT NEW EPILOGUE CHAPTERS

Explore a whole new narrative with all-new game mechanics in our new “epilogue” to Duet. Including over 40 new stages, new narrative and new remix tracks. You will need a new state of mind to complete this experience.

% PERFECT GAMEPLAY

With air tight controls and gameplay that’s tuned to perfection Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction. Touch either side of the screen to twist your vessels and avoid everything in your path. Remember: even that which begins simple can end complex.

% HYPNOTIC AUDIO

An outstanding handcrafted soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel. Nine unique and mesmerizingly beautiful compositions ensure an immersive experience for you at every step of your journey, complemented by full in-game vocal narration by Jojo Petrina.

% FULLY FEATURED

- Full iCloud support - sync your progress across all your devices.
- Universal App - play on your new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini.
- Compete with Game Center on the leaderboards.

% ABOUT KUMOBIUS

Selected for the Indie Showcase at PAX Aus and a finalist in both Game Design and Audio for the Freeplay Festival. This is another award-winning title from the team behind Time Surfer & Bean’s Quest. We call Duet a “Hex-like” in honour of Terry Cavanagh’s contribution to the medium of games and exploration of genres.

% ABOUT TIM SHIEL

Tim Shiel is a composer/producer based in Melbourne. Tim is known to some as Faux Pas, the moniker under which he released a steady stream of constantly shifting electronic music for many years. He is also known for his work as a broadcaster at Melbourne independent radio station 3RRR FM, and for his recent role as multi-instrumentalist in Gotye's live band.

% SUPPORT

Say hello@kumobius.com we’d love to hear from you! And follow us on Twitter: @kumobius

BLUK

by Deepak Madathil

BLUK

As a block with unique abilities, you set off on a magical journey to uncover the origins of a mysterious darkness that is disrupting the harmony of the realms.

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** Editors Choice in more than 80 countries **
** AppStore Best of September 2016 **
** Best of 2016 **

‘Big Indie Pitch’ Nominee at Pocket Gamer Connects 2016

‘Upcoming Game of the Year’ Finalist at NGF Awards 2015

"Bluk is a great visual and audio package that will delight everyone." - 9/10 - AppAdvice

"Stylishly tricky platformer" - 8/10 - Gamezebo

"Bluk is a game designed with care and love" - Pocker Gamer

"It requires precision, memory, strategy, and, most importantly, observation" - App Army

"Angry Birds style gameplay with precision landing ... Terrifying!" - The SML Podcast

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Tips: Start playing from unlocked worlds by swiping left on World Select screen. To complete the game, leap through all worlds in a single go

SKILL BASED PHYSICS PLATFORMER
Pure skill based gameplay as you learn to navigate through multiple physics-driven worlds

CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY
You can either follow the abstract storyline & complete the game or carry on with the endless challenges.

DISCOVER ABILITIES
Collect Magical runes to learn new abilities to help you in your journey

ONE TOUCH GAMEPLAY
Touch and drag on the ​screen to form a trajectory. Release touch to jump

SERENE SOUNDSCAPE & AESTHETICS
Minimal & beautiful aesthetics with ambient soundscape

LEADERBOARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & HALL OF FAME
Global leaderboards, Hall of Fame & over 45 game center achievements

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Like and Follow

facebook.com/blukOfficial
twitter.com/blukOfficial

Monument Valley

by ustwo Games Ltd

Monument Valley

** Apple Game of the Year 2014 **
** Winner of Apple Design Award 2014 **

In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.

Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

"Forgotten Shores": Eight new chapters of adventure and illusion available now as a separate purchase.

Buy or download Monument Valley now and you’ll also get our fully animated iMessage sticker pack, including 5 stickers exclusive to players! Only available on iOS10 and above.

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"This might be the most beautiful iPad game of 2014" - Wired

"Brilliant design... stayed with me like a dream I didn't want to forget" 9/10 - Polygon

"The most sublime hour my iPad has ever given me... and the value of such a thing is incalculable" - Kotaku

"Monument Valley stuns with it's serenity... each screen is a work of art" - Huffington Post

"Almost impossibly gorgeous... a feast for your senses" 5/5 - Touch Arcade

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BEAUTIFUL

Inspired by minimalist 3D design, optical illusions and palaces and temples from around the world, every monument is a unique, hand-crafted world to explore.

EASY TO USE

Twist and drag to reshape the world and help Ida to explore. Designed to be easy for everyone to pick up, enjoy and complete.

SOUND

Audio reacts to your manipulation of the world to provide a surreal and beautiful soundscape. Best experienced with headphones.

iCloud

Synchronize your game across all your devices.

** Monument Valley is designed for iPhone 4 and above. It is NOT compatible with iPod Touch 4th Generation.