English Country Tune is a luxuriant abstract 3D puzzle game containing more than a hundred levels situated throughout 17 worlds.
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Very Positive (284 reviews) - 80% of the 284 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 25, 2011

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“Its challenges haunt you through the day, while its solutions come to you in the night, and you wake up happy...”
85/100 – PC Gamer

“...crafted with unusual abstraction and fierce intelligence.”
7/10 – Edge Magazine

“Who knew, it seems to ask, that your mind could be at home in such strange places?”
– The New Yorker

About This Game

English Country Tune is a luxuriant abstract 3D puzzle game brought to you by increpare, the first commercial project of a developer who's brought you nearly 200 freeware games to date.

Over the course of more than a hundred levels situated throughout 17 worlds, you'll become acquainted with a wide variety of very different mechanics, none of them what they first may appear, and which will combine together in challenging ways.

Key features:

  • Genuine 3D gameplay
  • 17 diverse worlds
  • Over 100 carefully crafted levels
  • A wide range of mechanics and in-game goals
  • Over 60 minutes of specially composed music

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB
    • Video Card: Direct X9.0c Compatible
    • OS: OSX 10.4
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.10
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Passmark G3D 250+
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB HD space
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Very Positive (284 reviews)
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Pretty fun game if you are good at IQ based puzzles. Unfortunately, I'm challenged in that area, but I still had a bit of fun in the easier levels.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Good puzzle game, easy to put on and chill out with, suggested if you enjoy a good puzzle.
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Very nice puzzle game. Very challenging.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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20.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I really enjoyed English Country Tune and can highly recommend it if you like challenging puzzle games.

I got it in a bundle ages ago but put off playing it because the name is weird. Now that I've played it I can confirm that it is enjoyable and very difficult. Throughout the game it introduces new mechanics and combines them to make interesting, unique, and challenging puzzles.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
A complete mindf***. Very nice puzzles, high difficulty.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
ECT has nothing to do with its title. I'm not sure where that comes from. It's a very tricky 3D puzzle game.

The puzzles themselves revolve around trying to move certain blocks into certain places, but where you have to consider their interactions in a 3D environment. The puzzles require a lot of thought and planning, so it's a good puzzle game in that respect. You can't just randomly make moves hoping you'll get the solution.

It can be a bit tricky at first to get your head around the way things work, but once you understand, progressing through the levels will give an immense dose of satisfaction. There may come times when you are left completely stuck, however.

I can only really recommend this game to people who like hard puzzles. You'll hate it otherwise.
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16.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
One of the true puzzle greats that really deserves more love.

Where English Country Tune really shines is in its impeccable design; even Braid wasn't this crisp.
- Unbelievably innovative puzzle mechanics (Portrait was my personal favorite)
- Terrific learning curve, with plenty of easier puzzles to teach you about the hard ones
- Fiendishly difficult puzzles (I'm looking at you, Half-Sided)
- Somehow, every single puzzle feels deliberate and well-designed. You absolutely have to know what you're doing to beat any level.

I got it through a Humble Bundle, but I would easily pay much more than five dollars for this experience again. Eagerly awaiting Increpare's future projects!
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Neutral End
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Played it through from beginning to end. The puzzles are sublime.

I especially liked the tricky ones where you have to build the level yourself! Seriously brain-bending. I couldn't figure out "Lesson" while looking at it but I sat up in the middle of the night and shouted "AHA!" much to my wife's chagrin.

Looking forward to the next one from this developer.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Ignore the name. The name has nothing to do with anything about the game.

This is a pure puzzle game. One part 3D sokoban, one part Koenigsburg bridges, and about fifteen parts of evil genius. It's a game of discovery, where you may not know exactly what you need to do.

Either you're looking at this description and wondering why anyone would want this, or you're salivating at the prospect. If you're in the first group, go buy a different game. Life is too short to play games that aren't up your alley. I won't judge. There's a lot of popular games out there that aren't my speed.

If you're in the second group, you should have already played this game. But if you haven't, buy it now.
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The short version: this is an insane game for insane people, and I loved nearly every moment of it.

The long version: this starts as, basically, Sokoban, but quickly reveals itself as much more than that: the spheres (or "larvae") you push "simulate gravity as camouflage" i.e. fall in the direction dependant on how they wre pushed. The difficulty past the first five or six levels skyrockets, and the game keeps piling up new mechanics on you until almost the very end. It requires excellent spatial awareness, but the feeling of satisfaction after cracking a particularly fiendish puzzle is unparalleled. The levels are ordered in semi-nonlinear fashion, but there are several "chokepoints" that may block you from further progress for hours as you despair for a solution.

The presentation is very simplistic (as you van see from the screenshots), but clear and legible. The sound and music are, fittingly, ascetic, with ambient humming and chanting.

You will get stuck. More than once. And you'll love it.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
In all honsety, I'm putting this game up there with the expert mode of super monkey ball. It's just insanse. It does share the tools that made smb great though, you can instantly restart a level with the press of the button, when you fail, and failing will come often here, you also get the turn back by one move feature, which is great for experimenting when your not sure , powering through with trial and error, or salvaging a run on one of the later puzzles. Together these make the game bearable.

You play as a square which flips from space to space, but it throws new things at you constantly. One of the most notable, is that gravity is determined in the direction that you move, and only for things you come into contact with, which is one of the hardest conceptual challenges I've faced in a long time. You'll have to deal with the cube based nature of the game on another level when you are asked to "cut' specific shapes into your square, using a raised platform to flip right, on top of it, and back down to present a different face to be cut.

Gameplay is pretty varied, and the game is semi non linear, as the unlocking process branches out early in the game, giving you some things to come back to if you are stomped to hard. For example, you can choose to work on whale after beating larva, or go straight to advanced larva, and later you can choose (freely, you get them all at once)between planting, half sided, and Larva+Whale, and planting itself leads to a further choice of advanced planting and garden.

Every new level brings something new to the table, and every one of the advanced levels turned out to not just be a "more of the same but super long now" but to creatively ask you to do something different. Also intereactions between the gravity ball from larva and the whale thing... turn out to be absoultely insanse.

This game is pretty much the benchmark for undiscovered gems for anyone who loves playing puzzles. It is almost entirely clever, and has an unusually amount of content for this genre of game. The time saving features make it seem fair. It does have a few sour spots... a handful of levels literally cannot be done in less than 7+ minutes, ramping up already crazy difficulty on an artificial level. They are very rare and unlikely to be encountered by anyone less than 15 hours in, or 9 if you have a ♥♥♥♥ ton of experience.

This game will be in your libraray for an insanely long time if you have the will to beat it. The graphics... grow on you after a while. While you are in some kind of geometrical nighmare puzzle world, the background is like a petri dish under a microscope with cell things just floating around or idling in place, and the level selection just looks amazing, although it is a bit unwieldy.

If you think you have become the god of all things puzzle;that you will never be beyond a weekend stand to learn the mechanics of some new gimmick game and master it : then English Country Tune will be your final trial before you can ascend to a higher plane. And it might just put you in your place.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
I am recommending this game, but it is important to note that this is not a universal recommendation.

This is a puzzle collection, and honestly a pretty good one - there's a wide variety of puzzle "types," but some of them are VERY difficult. Expect to be challenged, and do NOT expect to sit down and crank through a bunch of these in a single sitting. For folks who are not looking for difficult, abstract, mind-bendy 3D puzzles? Definitely not the place to look.

That being said, I had a good time with it for the most part. Some of them were just plain old DAMN hard, but when I felt like I had some degree of comprehension of what was needed, it was a good type of challenging.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
Puzzle lover heaven \:D/ You flip around a square on 3D platforms and push things. A bit trickier thant it sounds actually. Although the main world selection it would be nice to see which worlds you have already completed or not. But other than that and the rather odd title (English Country Tune? Any ideas for why it's called that?) definitely a must buy.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
This is a good puzzle game. But my biggest gripes are the frustrating camera angles, and the unintuitive level select menu. Better complete each world in one go, because if you skip some puzzles you're gonna have a frustrating time finding them later on with this awful menu.
Some of the hardest puzzles of the game also happen to be in some of the earliest worlds in the game, while a lot of the later worlds are a breeze. I also don't like the levels that make you build the puzzle yourself. Overall though, this is a good game and I enjoyed it. Give it a go if you like these sorts of games.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
English Country Tune, an inexplicably-named geometrical, abstract puzzle game. First of all, the soundtrack isn't English or Country... though it is a tune (albeit not an amazing one). And while this review may have started negatively, my opinion of English Country Tune is anything but. Simply because it is a very good puzzle game and that it's everything it's aspiring to be. The puzzles are based on those movement or arranging puzzles where you have to move certain objects to certain locations (some further research lead me to a style of puzzle called Sokoban).

Overall, the game has the feel of an end of degree, final project except for one difference. The gameplay and level design is actually well-refined with a lot of thought and time going into each level. The harder puzzles have only one solution with only an undo button and reset button to help you through (or help you backtrack). The graphics are rudimentary and there is no initial instruction in the menu screen. It took me a while to work out how to access the puzzles. And while the graphics are basic, they are perfect for this game.

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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
This game is insane. Super hard, Get this, if puzzle games are your thing or you haven't found a hard one. Trust me this is freaking hard. Very cool and insanely tough 3-D puzzles. I would put it up there with my Greats.(Portal, Anitchamber)

My Score:

Paid: Included in Humble Indie Bundle 8 ($6)
Completed in: Too difficult for me :(

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The puzzles are so hard but that just makes it so satisfying to solve them. I love it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
The puzzles in this game are incredibly well-crafted and difficult. It's like sokoban but in 3D space where gravity is relative per object and can change and also there are blocks that you can push from across the level and also sometimes you can put holes in yourself and aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

If you like hurting your brain this game is for you.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Don't get fooled by the 2-D slow start, the game gets much more complex and satisfying once the gameplay mechanisms are introduced and the 3-D puzzles come into play. As a lover of puzzle games in general, this game was a solid pleasure to explore and beat. Highly recommended.
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