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.
User reviews: Very Positive (117 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
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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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
LSD







69½ / bananasplit
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
If Polybius were made with today's technology in the 21st Century, it would be Dyad.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
drugs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
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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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Dyad is a "yeah what ever" game.
I´m quite disapointed for spending 3,50€ on it.
The psychodelic look is cool, but the gameplay is not that dynamic.
And you can´t put it in fullscreen, only in window mode! Come on!

If you want a realy cool psychodelic, adictive and awesome experience, buy Super Hexagon instead!
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Really disapointed. You appear to need an xbox controller to even play it and even then the controls are imprecise and the actual gameplay is simple and not that psychedelic (it seems the between level bits are more psychedelic than the game itself). The game is very simplistic - like tetris with only one shape. Do yourslef a favor if you want a psychedelic game go buy Space Giraffe (or any other Llamasoft game really)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
This game may put you in a zen-like, LSD-laced trance. @_@
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Wanna zip around the inside of a tube catching and lancing shiny things while everything changes colour and your screen is filled with trippy & colourful effects? Then this game is for you. *-*
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
ITS SO COOOOOL!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Very poor keyboard support, UI is laggy and slow in fullscreen, not sure why, frame rate is good, but navigation is glacial. Gameplay is n ice looking, but simple. Got bored.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Attn. Jeff Minter: This is the right amount of acid for your tripped out arcade shooter.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Well this game is a virtual drug in everyway! BUY NOW! (Or get from raptr)
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Don't be fooled by the light-hearted trailer, this game is pretty repetative. I'm glad I bought it during the sale, because it certainly is not worth the $15 it demands.

Although I only played for less than a full hour so far, this game is exteremely boring, and the repetativeness and variationless expreience provided by the trailer is exteremely misleading, especially in the first few levels. The music is horrible and subtracts from what seemed like a good experience.

Plus, the controls are crap. Imprecise, along with vague tutorials and faulty guidance system makes for a horrible game.

This game is so bad IGN gave it a 10.
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47 of 48 people (98%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
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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