Orchestras are usually viewed as the backbone of a great gaming soundtrack. So what happens when an orchestral score is elevated from relaxing background noise to the goal itself?
Auditorium is an audio-based puzzle game from Philadelphia-based developer Cipher Prime that’s as stimulating for your ears as it is for your brain. The game begins with a wave of light traveling across the screen. With the help of arrow bumpers that can be moved anywhere on the playing field, the goal is to fill up empty volume bars to their maximum level. The more each bar fills up, the louder the game’s orchestra will become. The first couple of levels appear incredibly simplistic, allowing newer players to grasp the idea of moving each bumper to send the light at different angles. Later levels ramp up the challenge level significantly by increasing the number of arrow bumpers and the number of volume bars. Filling up every volume bar at the same time is a daunting task, but the result is a pretzel-shaped vision of beauty accompanied by a symphony of success.
Aside from the addicting gameplay, Auditorium is a pleasure to look at, with the waves of light coming across as vibrant and colorful, especially as they begin to spread out in different directions. For those looking for a gorgeous puzzling experience for all the senses, Auditorium is free to try on PC and Mac. Those looking to buy the full version can do so for $9.99, while mobile gamers can find an abbreviated version of this game on iTunes for $2.99.
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