Experience a mind-bending, psychedelic sensory overload in Dyad! Blast through a reactive audio-visual tube creating a harmonious synthesis of color and sound as you Hook, Graze, and Lance enemies to master Dyad's 27 unique levels.
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Mostly Positive (205 reviews) - 77% of the 205 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 24, 2013

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"Dyad manages to create a beautiful synthesis of music, visual design and gameplay mechanics, and it does so without missing a beat."
90/100 - Joystiq

"While Dyad's music and visuals more than live up to all the hype laid upon it, playing it is where the real surprise lies. Dyad is one of the best pure arcade experiences to come along in years"
90/100 - Polygon

"I'm struggling not to fall prey to some sort of hyperbolic nonsense when describing the rush of exhilaration that takes over upon a successful run in Dyad"
94/100 - Digital Chumps

About This Game

Experience a mind-bending, psychedelic sensory overload in Dyad! Blast through a reactive audio-visual tube creating a harmonious synthesis of color and sound as you Hook, Graze, and Lance enemies to master Dyad's 27 unique levels.

Embark on an interactive transformative journey through Dyad's Game Mode campaign to prepare yourself for Trophy Mode's tactical freakout variations. Or choose to sit back and chill with Dyad's hallucinogenic Remix Mode. Transcendence awaits!

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • Processor:i3
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1337 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • Processor:i5
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1337 MB HD space
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (205 reviews)
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Gilamex
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
"'Dyad, Mostly Positive' Huh, I guess the game was really cheap because there really isn't much to it. What was it when I bough it, like, three bucks?", I thought to myself. I scrolled down the page and-- FIFTEEN DOLLARS?! Before any of you even THINK about buying this game, let me tell you there is nearly NOTHING to do in it. All there is is exactly as the game looks in the screenshots. Here's a description:

You're a... Thing. And you travel through these tubular things, and have to collect things while avoiding things. That's... about all it is. Level after boring psychadelic level, there's just nothing new. They introduce a new "Enemy" about halfway through the game, but several levels afterwards you'll just get stuck like me. The levels become rediculously impossible (only halfway through the game) and there aren't that many levels in the game, but I'd be amazed if you could even get THAT far because it's SO BORING.
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kijib
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
headache simulator
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William Anthonio Zeppeli
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
Pro.
-good music
-nice visuals
cons
-floaty control
-confusing gameplay
-can't input music
Final score 3/10
NOTE just buy audio surf
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WifeAggro
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
LSD Simulator 2013
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Xanpheon
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
It...

Hang on.

Dyad...

Right. OK.

Dyad is a game that is hard to describe. Many of the other reviews describe the effect like being on drugs, and I agree. It feels amazing and responsive when you pull off a level perfectly, and while the difficulty ramps up rather quickly I never felt as if I was out of control. This is definitely a point in its favour, because the graphics are... trippy, to say the least. Imagine the Doctor Who opening without the Tardis or the music, then synch up some weird electronic beat and underlying melody,add in weird beeps and boops when you hook an enemy and that is pretty much the experience of Dyad.


Plus you have taken all the drugs.
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
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The Coffee Lord
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Dyad is certainly a visually interesting game. The gameplay is a bit barebones and something you'd expect to see in an arcade, and while I don't think it's quite worth $14.99, it'll definitely provide you with quite a few hours of fun. It's one of the most challenging game I've played in a while, it's always fun trying to beat the time trials.
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Venti Crod ($3.50)
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
i like this game
very cool soundtrack that is basically impossible to hear outside of the game, neat mechanics
the eye of the duck level is one of the coolest sequences i've ever seen
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[LSL] Blazerer
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10
Repetitive. barely rewarding. The 'psychedelic' graphics the creaters boast about interfere with the game every now and then due to clutter. Definitely not worth 1,40, let alone 14 euros
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MaxSheppy
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
Kind of disappointing, to be honest. The dizzying feeling that I expected and hoped for in this kind of spiral-chasing game just wasn't there. Maybe it's something about the graphics? Not "3D" enough? After all the encouraging reviews and the very enthusiastic trailer, I really had high hopes. That "psychedelic overload" that was promised just never came, and neither did I. :/
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KipofMudd
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 18, 2015
I don't remember how I got this game. Maybe it was from humble bundle or it was on sale for a large amount, but I for sure don't recommend this game at $15. That's just absurd

It's fun, to a degree. It can't really keep my attention and it seems kind of crazy hard to get the trophies and it doesn't seem to change up to much, but it looks and responds beautifully.

Just don't pay the full price for this game and I think you will enjoy it.
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pY
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 5, 2015
Your shoud take LSD and play this game.
Colors and music are awsome!

10/10
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cidian
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 2, 2015
I had a lot of fun playing this game on Windows, shame the developer didn't deliver on the promise of releasing a native Linux version.
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IBoughtMyRank
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: August 14, 2015
If you're looking for a cheap acid trip look no further.
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Lighti
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 11, 2015
Great Game with an addictive gameplay and good visual. the review of this game should be more. totally recommended.
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Final
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 11, 2015
drugs
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JOHN CENA
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 5, 2015
paid for it and it doesnt even line up properly on my screen no matter what resolution i set it to, plus sometimes it doesnt start properly so i have to restart it.

Terrible, 0/5 stars
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nubbins
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 4, 2015
Players of Dyad must either be shirtless or equip a bib.
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Bellman
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 3, 2015
Like Osu but not Weaboo.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
69 of 75 people (92%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
This game is drugs. The computer is drugs. Your hands are drugs.

The controls are not simple. They build in complexity rather quickly, and it always feels like you're just barely able to keep your head above water. You will be kept in a perpetual state of not-drowning-just-yet. But every once in a while, you hook a pair, lance immediately, and hook your next without thinking about it. You get flying along, jumping from one pair to the next, not thinking. Not seeing or hearing. You are experiencing.

And three seconds later, you're ruined. But for those three seconds, you knew what it was to be a god. And god was drugs.
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76 of 87 people (87%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
If you liked watching the tube part of those old windows media player song visualisers while eating candy, that's what playing this game feels like. Plus drugs.
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42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
INDIE GAME OF THE DECADE!!! OMG, how did this gem slip by under the radar? I can’t even believe this game was developed on the id Tech 4 (Doom 3) game engine. Oh how I envy the developers so much. This is one of those moments where I’d say, “I wish I made a game like this!”

They did something incredible with the music in this game. I’ve always been seeking one where the music is completely dynamic based on the actions you take or do. By dynamic I mean you have a base rhythm but can add instruments at any interval and make it sound just like one musical masterpiece. And this game achieves this!

I swear sometimes, I feel like I’m even making my own music when playing this game. And it’s the only game I know where if you crash into an enemy and slow down or whatever … it just sounds and looks so cool! Tell me how many games out there make you want to do mistakes like taking damage? LOL … none right? Wrong! Dyad …

Quite a chill and psychedelic trance type of music in this game. So for those that don’t like that genre I can see that may be something like half the greatness gone. But lucky for me I love this type of genre of music.

I find the gameplay progressive. I’m not comparing, but if we take a look at other indie games like, Beat Hazard or Audio Surf, the gameplay and rules just doesn’t change at all. In Dyad, it’s progressive. New enemies, objects and variations to how you move are introduced throughout what I would call the campaigns. And it's not annoying, it's very fun!

I rate this game 12/10. I wish I was sitting on a couch playing this game next to sauce and just speaking my mind just like in the trailer. It’s bloody hilarious! Watch it! But seriously I can see how this game can make one do something like that.

EDIT: Changed my mind about not liking the chargers after playing Just Take a Pinch level. They're awesome in combination with invincibility shields. Also corrected that the dudes in the trailer aren't the Dev's, but they're funny as heck!

I would also like to elaborate on my second paragraph. This game is the inverse to games like Beat Hazard, Audio Surf, Symphony ... etc. The thing about those games is you see visuals customized or laid out to variations in your music. With Dyad, the music is has been customised to the way you play. So everytime you hook an enemy, graze, lance, pick up an invincibility shield, ride a zipline ... it activates a sound effect that seemlessly blends in with the background music. Don't get me wrong, the visuals are definately a big part of the game and is in dynamic sync with the music, but I was kind of dissapointed with The Cynical Brit's video on Dyad where he basically commentated about everything except the sound. You really have to have an ear for Dyad ... kinda like Osu! ... it's not just about visually interacting, you need to hear the rhythm. imho.

Also the infinite level is genius. I was avoiding it for a bit because I thought it really was infinite. But one day I wanted to chill and just started played it expecting no ending. But surprise! It's like the equivalent to having a story-like conclusion to a game without a story ... lol.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
The core mechanics are simple, but moduled, enriched and twisted in alot of creative and challenging ways. The audiovisuals are one of the most hypnotic trips you can have without melt your brain or breaking the law. It's like if REZ, WipEout, Audiosurf, Frequency, Ikaruga, Space Giraffe and many others had a baby, after an orgy.
In short: best rhythm game since Everyday Shooter.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
DYAD is an amazing psychedelic experience. The seamless blending of its mechanical, visual, and aural styles transport you through transcendental dimensions in a "2001: A Space Odyssey" style. A great game for fans of psychedelia, electronic music, and challenging games. It is best played with headphones and an analogue controller.
Favourite level: Giraffes? Giraffes! From Outer Space
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
If Polybius were made with today's technology in the 21st Century, it would be Dyad.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2015
It may have only taken me 2 hours to beat the whole thing, but I can safely say this is probably one of my favorite games ever.

It's everything it promises to be - psychadelic, mind-bending, and hallucinogenic, while also being engaging, reasonably challenging and having a solid mechanical foundation and gameplay.

First of all, it does a great job of easing you into the game as it adds new mechanics. It starts out simple to let you learn and ramps up from there. There's really only ever 4 buttons to worry about, too: left and right, hook, and lance. The fact that it is so simple control-wise means it's that much easier to feel immersed in the game and not worry about what your hands are doing.

That's hardly what makes it great, though. Each level feels like a unique audio-visual experience. In order to complete level goals, you have to be constantly looking ahead down the "pipe". As you perform certain actions, the visuals AND audio react accordingly. The fact that you have to be watching in a certain way and processing what is happening visually, all while everything is changing and responding to what you are doing, is what makes this such a psychadelic, engaging experience.

If you're used to arcade-style games where the focus is on precise, responsive controls and clearly defined, easy-to-read game state, you might feel put off by the idea of this game at first. Everything is constantly moving and waving around and oscillating, which you would think would make it hard to keep track of what is happening. As far as I can tell, though, this is intentional and doesn't hurt your ability to start to gain mastery over the game. As the game state changes (for example, as you speed up), the way you need to visually process and respond to the game changes as well, and the visuals and audio respond to keep feeding you the information you need.

The "ending" is a huge treat; an audio-visual dessert which somehow manages to top the psychadelic experience of each of the levels.

Once you've played through the game, there's plenty of replayability playing through individual stages to get to the top of the leaderboards and competing with your friends or the general public, going for trophies, or even just enjoying the remix mode. However, it seems the friends leaderboard isn't functional (at least for me), so I was a little disappointed by that. Also, the leaderboards don't seem to let me scroll to the next page, so I can only ever see the top 20 or so scores in the world. Perhaps this will get fixed later.

Definitely get this game unless you are concerned about the overwhelming visuals causing diziness or something like that (it wasn't a problem for me and I get motion sickness pretty easily).
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
TL;DR This game game can become really messy for your eyes, make sure to play in a well lit room or RIP eyes. Also I have no idea how to play with a keyboard. Besides those two little problems, Dyad is a really interesting game. It becomes pretty addictive once you really get into it because there are so much things that get added in the gameplay as you play. But I'd like a option to have the game running on "Windowed no borders". It'd be super.

Let's get into things. In Dyad, you basically are a little... non identified thing with kinda tentacles (just what I think, maybe it has a name) and you must grab onto "enemies" being little light orbs. You must make pairs of enemies that are the same colors to boost your speed and get more points. That's basically the base of the game.

But it's not only that. Sometimes, you just need to make pairs and finish the level. Sometimes, it's a race and you need to finish is in less time as possible. Buuut, you can also start to "graze" the enemies by grabbing them. A circle will appear around them and then you just need to pass close to them. This'll build up a "lancing" bar, then you'll be able to "lance" on the enemies. This is like a super boost and you can hit the enemies like that to go faster and make the lancing last longer (I think? I'm not sure about this)
Those are the only things I tried so far. There must be some other modes and special things to do. Also the music and sounds are really great.

Since I always have my game controller plugged, I still haven't figured out how to play with a keyboard. But the experience with the controller is really enjoyable and easy to play. You just need the buttons and left joystick. And fingers. And hands. And eyes. And a brain. You get it.

This is the kind of game you'll want to play a level over and over again to master it and get a high score (at the time I'm writing this I hit the 9th place of a level on the global leaderboards after trying a level a few times). The fact that you can edit the way you play the levels after finishing them once ("remix") is really interesting and I really like it. You can even play a non-ending game just to, like, relax or practice without being scared of a game over or the end of the level. But I don't know what some of the things do though.

If you're epileptic this is not the game you want to play at all. As you play, the colors and lights become more intense. I myself am not someone who's really sensitive to that, but at one point I had to take a break because it was too much. I couldn't even play the damn level anymore (the game reminded me of Super Hexagon. Must take breaks while playing this or you just slowly become crazy). Also I'm someone who tends to change windows a lot when I play (to take breaks and all) and when it's full screen it tends to freeze the game and sometimes make it crash. An option to have the game windowed but without borders would be really cool. I don't want to touch the launching options because I don't know if it works just like TF2.

After this kinda novella I can only say "Yes, I recommend this game".
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41 of 63 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
It's like gouging your eyes out and dipping two 3.55mm auxiliary cables in LSD, then plugging them into the empty sockets.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
I was always looking for a game that was both nice to look at and interactive. Beforehand I got free games for Windows 8 such as Radiant or Evac for their visual appeal, but this was really the game I was looking for. I enjoy the "combat" system very much. If you want to get high and have something pretty to interact with, this is definitely also for you.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
drugs
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
This, ladies and gentlemen, is POLYBIUS 2.0

Similar (gameplay) design: ✔
Strange music and sound: ✔
Halucination inducing visuals: ✔
High addiction level: ✔
Brainwashing: ???

Also it probably wouldn't kill you... hopefully.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2013
This game is at least as trippy as it looks. It's one of those games where the distinction between sound effects and music is deliberately blurred, leaving the whole thing as an trip in synesthesia that has to be experienced for yourself.

As an added bonus, for those into racing-style games, this game conveys a sense of speed better than most things I've played. It's dizzying how quickly you can go if you get into a groove.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2013
This game will kill you.
It will actively try to drain you everything you are.
You will feel the cold grasp of death overtaking you as your synapses flash and burn out one by one.
This is truely hell.
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36 of 65 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
FUUUUUUUUUCK
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
A nice experience that feels more like a drug trip than anything else. There isn't really that many levels, but remix and trophy modes are fun to ♥♥♥♥ around with. One problem it has is that there barely any options and there isn't much you can do to reduce the colours that fly at you, so long play sessions can probably cause some eye damage, seeing as I've already gotten some eye strain from Dyad.

Overall, a really nice game that is sort of a... tunnel racer(?) and reminds me of Rez a little bit.
Worth the discounted price by far, but the $15 is a hit or miss. Personally, I'd reccomend you buy it when on sale.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
A nice little time waster. that's not intended as a bad comment.
It is fun and easy to master.
I would include this in such games as Bejeweled (Recently given away for free on Origin).
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
I PLAYED THIS GAME SO HARD, MY CONTACT FELL OUT!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
Dyad is just insanity disguised as some Tempest-esque racer, while Super Hexagon is insanity disguised as .... dodging things in concentric circles? There's not much to say about these games other than few other games have lured me into a "zone" as quickly as these two. Perhaps it's the gameplay that requires your undivided attention and reflexes, or perhaps it's the energetic music pumping into your ears... whatever the case, these simple games offered hours of enjoyment without the need for any real carrot on a stick other than the old-fashioned high score. Not many games can do that for me anymore.
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