In Anodyne, you explore and fight your way through surreal and at times, creepy, nature, urban and abstract themed areas in the human Young's subconscious, evoked by a 16-bit-era visual style and a moody, dream-like soundtrack. created by http://www.twitter.com/seagaia2 and http://www.twitter.com/jonathankittaka .
User reviews: Very Positive (622 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 22, 2013

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"An emotionally divergent coming of age story that takes Nintendo’s early 2d arcade RPGs as its blueprint, puzzles and all"
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February 9

2nd Anodyne Anniversary!

Anodyne, the surreal indie zelda-like is on sale! It's the 2nd anniversary of anodyne ! 50% off! Hooray! Follow our new game Even the Ocean: http://twitter.com/eventheocean . Note: Sale won't start till normal steam sale start time.


(note: this is the 2nd anniversary of the original release, which is feb 4, 2013, not steam's initial release whichw as in march 2013)

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November 12, 2014

Anodyne OST released!

Finally, the Anodyne OST is now available for purchase on Steam for $5. When downloaded, it will be put into (YOUR STEAM FOLDER)/steamapps/common/Anodyne/Anodyne_OST.zip .

Be sure to follow updates on our next game, Even the Ocean -

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And listen to more of my music at http://www.soundcloud.com/seagaia

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Reviews

"Simultaneously, the game creates a sensation of lost, but not abandonment. In this, you are in a mysterious world, unfamiliar and bizarre, yet the eerily nostalgic design instills the necessary knowledge to proceed in your adventure."
The Ambivalest

"Sean Hogan and Jonathan Kittaka have made magic with this game, creating a world that I could be afraid to enter but never want to leave...The locations are vibrant and detailed, going to all manner of different places...[the music] can take the visual mood and shift it into territory that pixel art shouldn't be able to inhabit...I know we're only in February, but this has Game of the Year written all over it."
Mash Those Buttons - 4.7/5

"Anodyne can be as funny and charming as Link’s Awakening on occasion, but the overall tone is one of unease, with a subtle malevolence – the ‘something seems a bit off here’ factor – reminiscent of the indie horror Lone Survivor. Meaning is elusive, but themes and motifs soon begin to take form, in a game that feels increasingly personal the more you burrow into it."
PC Gamer - 84/100

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9/4: Available in Japanese !日本語版発売!

A japanese translation of Anodyne will be available on September 4th!

About This Game

In Anodyne, you explore and fight your way through surreal and at times, creepy, nature, urban and abstract themed areas in the human Young's subconscious, evoked by a 16-bit-era visual style and a moody, dream-like soundtrack. created by http://www.twitter.com/seagaia2 and http://www.twitter.com/jonathankittaka .

They are working on Even The Ocean http://www.twitter.com/eventheocean , a new adventure platforming / hybrid walk-&-press slice-of-life adventure/daydream platforming game. It will also be released on Steam.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.5 GHz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Any
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Additional:This is not a GPU-intensive game.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP or better
    • Processor:(2.0 GHz, single core) or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Any
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Additional:This is not a GPU-intensive game.
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6 or Newer
    • Processor:Intel 1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Any
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Additional:This is not a GPU-intensive game.
    Recommended:
    • OS:10.6 or Newer
    • Processor:(Intel 2.0 GHz, single core) or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Any
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Additional:This is not a GPU-intensive game.
    • Processor:1.5 GHz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Any
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Additional: Requires Adobe AIR 2.6 to be installed (installer scripts included)
    • Additional: Steam Cloud unavailable on Linux
Helpful customer reviews
85 of 92 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
285.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
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I Like:
+ beautiful art style and musical score
+ satisfying balance of combat and puzzles
+ enjoyable combination of nostalgia and surreal settings
+ good gameplay
+ great atmosphere and story
+ beautiful and unique environments

I Dont Like:
- jumping puzzles get annoying
- promising storyline loses its focus
- hunting down collectible cards feels like filler
- lasts a little longer than it should
- difficult to find your way around the overworld and remember where dungeons are located

Created by two-person developer Analgesic Productions, in a 16-bit-styled world is a tapestry of lightly strange, largely unexplained locations, evoked by a moody, dream-like soundtrack.
The game’s non-story begins full of mysterious potential. Two shadowy figures tell you to find a third shadowy figure.
Anodyne‘s story, which is itself abstract and simply used as motivation to begin exploring the world—begins with the Village Elder summoning our hero, Young. For the duration of the dream, however, Young is the vocally silent protagonist, swinging a broom as a weapon and travel the country in search of positions of power.

Dungeons are filled with riddles, playing into the hands of Anodyne dust sweeping mechanic, but never reach a climax in the design filled. Collectible cards involving the game’s NPC’s and enemies are involved somehow. You’re thrust into a gloomy, creepy fantasy world, and the existence of Dark Secrets is strongly suggested. The whole world is connected by a series of portals, the main portal hub helpfully informing players which areas still have cards to be searched out. Meanwhile,the extensive dungeons are all tracked helpful from an in-game map that shows which paths are not met.

Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.
Anodyne is a surprisingly lengthy 16-bit Zelda inspired adventure filled with much to do in a beautifully crafted world. It stays close to its inspirations and risks growing repetitive, but Anodyne’s darkly surreal atmosphere is gripping.

Score: 72 / 100


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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Writing this review such a long time after finishing Anodyne leaves me grasping to describe the game.

Zelda by way of Earthbound seems to be a good summary though. Basic combat, sometimes awkward controls and movement set in a very unusual world that often tries to throw bizarre metaphors and philosophical discussions at your mute protagonist.

At this point though, the few people who have not played the game would be remiss to pass up on the opportunity to play this delightfully unique game, especially with how often it is on sale and features in bundles. There's the enough challenges peppered throughout, accompanied by an effectively simple soundtrack and the dialogue does have a few moments of humour and insight.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
It's basically existentialist Zelda on acid with less combat.

This is a weird game. It's got the appearance of a classic zelda game, but there are more areas where you just wander around and talk to random people. You also don't so much unlock sexy new combat abilities and weapons, but just unlock new areas with new traps and puzzles to deal with. There are still boss fights, some of which will give you a challenge, but don't expect the non-stop action of a zelda game. This is much more of an exploration of the mildly dark and mildly bizarre. Not for everyone, but I think many people will find it worthwhile.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
A top-down action-adventure with great retro art style and awesome soundtrack. The fairly big world map has many environments to explore and its surreal settings and attention to detail keeps the visuals fresh and intriguing also with the help of the beautiful music.

With smooth and responsive controls, the combat is simplistic and enjoyable. All you need to do is hit your foes hard with your trusty broom (which can be upgraded), and learn the patterns. There is a good variety of enemies and bosses (the final boss battle is pretty cool).

Most of the puzzles are somewhat easy to overcome but fun nonetheless. In general, the difficulty is well balanced with some annoying exceptions (e.g., the platforms where you need to make diagonal jumps and one of the final puzzles).

Anodyne is an entertaining experience and worth the asking price.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Similar to surreal games like blaster master or earthbound, cute characters with strange dialog for example. The background music sounds like zen music.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Anodyne is a zelda-like with a strange unsettling themed world. I really don't have a grasp on what's going on yet other than I'm in a strange place trying to open portals to different areas. The HUD and the gameplay are exactly like Zelda classic. Your weapon is a broom which can be used to hit enemies, but also can pick up dust on the ground and place it for platform puzzles. You search areas for dungeons which you can enter and complete puzzles to fight a big boss. The art style is pretty classic 16-bit low resolution pixels. The beginning music is really annoying but the music from areas I'm in now are getting better. The programming/UI itself seems glitchy and could use some polish, but the engine is actually pretty good. Honestly, I'm enjoying it so far. I just wish I had a better grasp on what was going on. Also nothing has really jumped out at me as being awesome that separates it from Zelda. It's really just 100% Zelda clone so far with a strange feeling of unease.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Brilliantly dreamt up but executed with a few flaws. The atmosphere surrounding this game is incredible, unbelievably oneiric. This game is pretty polished and will definitely be enjoyed anyone who has loved top-down Zelda games (Link to the Past, Oracle of Seasons/Ages, etc). Made for the older crowd, it has a few suggestive themes that seem oddly places but shouldn't hamper gameplay. The polish seems to wear off near the end with the final stages/chapters (don't want to spoil anything) yet keeps a good incentive for those that want to go back into the game. Personally, I enjoyed the first time through and would love to see a spiritual successor by the creators. Two thumbs up.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
It's as if you had a dream, You're playing A link to the past and then wake up playing a different game. The Zelda classics influence has seeped into Anodynes subconscious and is better for it. Even within the first hour the areas you encounter are varied but share a distinct ambient feel reminiscent of Addams Family Values for the SNES and A Link to the Pasts penchant for tooled puzzles. The music pushes curiosity and retains a sense of exploration and puzzlement as the text is cryptic and at times humorous leading you to one area after another. My one nitpick is that the game may be a bit too easy, or at least for those who've been around top down RPG's like Zelda before. None the less there are not enough games the can be played for simple exploration and promote more relaxation that hard grinding and I'd recommend it to any fans of Zelda or someone who's looking for a game to sit and chill with at night.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Hmm. On one hand, I did enjoy the game. The Zelda-like description for gameplay is pretty accurate; top-down exploration, venturing through dungeons, powering up (although this game is a bit simpler than Zelda in terms of attacks and abilities). The plot was interesting; a bit obtuse at times, but overall an interesting take on what I assume to be self-reflection and issues with depression and anxiety. I enjoyed it... but I'm not sure there's $10 worth of play time here unless you're a 100% completionist or if what you've read about the plot speaks to you on a personal level. If it goes on sale at all though, I'd say give it a shot.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
This is a mix of Earthbound and Zelda. It has surreal aspects and themes, some old school zelda-like dungeons and combat, with the humor and deep side of Earthbound. It is a crazy good game, you just get drawn-in and can't lose interest in this world. Unique and original game. 9.5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Anodyne is a deliberate Zelda clone that takes the dreamy world of Link's Awakening and applies it to a more modern-day hero. While providing a fun and tight gameplay experience, it also raises questions about the state of the Gamer generation, about friendship, and about fitting in.
Although crippled by bugs (if you try to break the game, you will break the game), I highly recommended this for the colorful, retro visuals and the fantastic soundtrack.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Anodyne is a brilliantly designed adventure that translates well-worn mechanics into a package that feels genuinely new and exciting. While an over-reliance on frustrating jumping puzzles keeps it from greatness, it's a remarkable achievement for its tiny team – a freaky, fascinating exploration of the darker side of gamer psychology. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
This game made me feel overcome with nostalgia, and I didn't even play NES as a kid. Great Game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Yes. Yes yes yes yes. YES. THIS GAME. I LOVE THIS GAME. *cough*

Uh. I mean this in a very objective manner. Yeah. Not cause I'm a sucker for anything similar to Link to the Past. Nope. You'd be crazy if you thought I absolutely love adventure games that reward exploration and not only makes said exploration extremely fun but the world itself is so intruiging that it makes you curious about the story behind all of this. Don't even think that just cause the game is super fun that my opinion will be influenced.

Wait. Most of that is actually true.

In that case. IF YOU LOVE GAMES LIKE LINK TO THE PAST AND HAS SUCH AN INTERESTING WORLD THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO EXPLORE WAY WAY MORE THEN YOU SHOULD TOTES BUY THIS GAME.

Conclusion: 9/10
Not long enough. Only like five or six hours long. Will now use brooms when the world comes to an end.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
A very well crafted action adventure game in the likes of early Legend of Zelda titles. This game is a bit more challenging in it's game play but not overly difficult. I find it to be just at the right place. There is a lot of great design here that I'd say far exceeds that of classic action adventure games. It's only weak point is how short it is. Any fan of 2D action adventure games should check this one out. It is one of the more impressive indie titles in the retro-themed category. 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Zelda-esque. Slightly more confusing than Zelda, and the puzzles are just as hard. Oh, and your weapon is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ broom.

8/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Anodyne is basically a Legend of Zelda clone, but it's a good Legend of Zelda clone, with familiar mechanics, original art, and a weird psychological plot. Recommended for any LoZ fans.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Anodyne is small, 2d-Zelda-like game. It remindes me a lot of Links Awakening, with the world being a dream and the jumping-puzzles, although the latter being much more present in this game.
It is quiet simple, your only weapon is a broom. Enemies have a good variety and the levels are very well designed, especially the dungeons. They require some thinking to solve the puzzles and the game does not hold your hand, which I think is good. Reminded me of the old times and the feeling figuring out on yourself is very rewarding. Half-way through the game you get jumping boots and thats where the game got frustrating for me. The controls are very spongy and the jumps require pixel-perfect jumps, sometimes under pressure: jumping on one-tile-platforms with rolling bars of death? So much fun, especially when you realize that you get knocked back every time you get hit.
The story is very confusing and the writing keeps it that way. I'm not sure if I get it at all or it was deliberate that way, since it all happens in a dream and dreams don't always make sense. Still it reminds me somewhat of the story of Links Awakening, the bosses seem to warn you that be beating them, you will eventually destroy the whole world - at least thats what I got from it.
If you like the old, 2d-Zelda games, Anodyne is very well done spin on it. Especially the dungeons are very well designed, but the jumping puzzles can get frustating.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Murdered everybody in a town for a card.....unique game play with a weird story, if you could call it that. Its fun tho and i got it for free.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
The ending is disappointing, but the journey there is very fun. I wish I could discern it's theme (if it even has one). This is like classic legend of Zelda, but in a very esoteric, dream like work. It's fun if you like Legend of Zelda or Metroidvania games.
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