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 (566 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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November 12

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 .

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September 22

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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

Steam Greenlight

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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Like a Zelda game played through a fever dream.

Odd and dream like, and strangely familiar, the world of Anodyne is enjoyable to explore as the broom-wielding hero, Young. The puzzles are reminiscent of cartridge Zelda games, and the musical score does well to keep up with that.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Fun game. Would recommend.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Beautiful ♥♥♥♥!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Decent old Zelda-styled game that lasts a couple hours if you don't read the lore (which is mostly time filler) or get too lost. Story is meh, world is just random because it's his 'subconscious'. People expecting a story on Earthbound's level will be disappointed. Play for the gameplay, not the story. Platforming wasn't too difficult for me, but if you don't have the hand coordination to do some simpler Super Meatboy feats, you might not be able to progress through this game like some other reviewers.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Bad Game. Not worth any money.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Really buggy, especially when Shift + Tab for steam interface. It crashes very often.

?/10 Because I can't really judge how the game would be if it worked.
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9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This game made me feel overcome with nostalgia, and I didn't even play NES as a kid. Great Game.
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12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This reminded me of the Zelda games for GBC a lot, minus all the items. It plays well, dungeons are just hard enough to feel satisfying, has collectables to reward your curiosity; design-wise this is probably the best throwback to sprite-based Zelda I have ever played. It's one of the few games I feel can earn that praise, but then the story is just really depressing.

Seriously, like this is a great game but it's such a downer with its tone and themes and if you're at all sensitive to adolescent loneliness or sadness then it's gonna bum you our for a week or two, so plan ahead.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Though often lacking a sense of direction, this throwback to the top-down Zelda games of yore delivers an interesting story and makes good use of its mechanics. Definitely worth a shot if you're into the genre.
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7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Good short game to kill some time with.

Didn't really know what the hell was going on as far as storywise...

Controls are simple and easy to play.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Anodyne is a top-down action/adventure game largely drawing from the SNES/Game Boy type of Legend of Zelda games for inspiration. You move between individual screens both in overworld and in dungeons, and fight enemies and solve puzzles in order to unlock new items which allow you to proceed.

Anodyne is a rather charming, laid back game, but it didn't leave any particularly lasting impression on me. It was a nice throwback to a style of game which I once enjoyed, is a little self-aware but not annoyingly so, but the story seemed secondary to everything else and was more there to string together a series of set-pieces. The music was quite good.

It's alright. If you enjoyed Link to the Past or Link's Awakening back in the day, it's worth a look, although moreso on sale when you can.
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36 of 56 people (64%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I wanted to like this game, I really did. While I appreciate what the developers were striving for, I just can't recommend this game to others. On the surface this appears to be a Zelda clone. While that sounds promising, on delving deeper into this title nothing could be further from the truth. While Zelda relies on great combat and clever puzzles, Anodyne relies on unfair combat and ridiculously hard platforming. Enemies don’t stop in their tracks or bounce back when you hit them, so enemies that require numerous hits invariably result in damage to you as they just plow forward through your attacks. In addition, the number of times you die from attempting next to impossible jumps becomes too much to bear. Add in that native controller support simply does not work (in the forums the developers even go so far as to suggest getting a third party program such as xpadder or joy2key to make it work) even though partial controller support is listed on the store page, and I feel you have a product that could have used a lot more polishing before releasing on Steam. For every moment of fun I experienced with this game, I experienced several more of frustration. On a side note, towards the end of the game suddenly the F word appeared several times in dialog, whereas the rest of the game had been devoid of swearing. While I have no problem with swearing in video games, I was playing through this game with my young niece and this sudden unexpected change in tone was not appreciated nor did it seem to fit the game. Overall I would rank this game a 5/10.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Huge fan of Link's Awakening on Game Boy. I probably beat it 4-5 times as a kid.

Anodyne is directly influenced by LA in many ways, and other Zelda titles. A sort of postmodern Zelda for an older audience.
Mechanics and art style are spot on in this vein. Challenging puzzles, unique environments and dungeons.

Also a lot of good humor.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
A top-down adventure game like The Legend of Zelda, but with a darker and more mysterious atmosphere and a lot of hidden content at the end. For $10, I was really happy with what I got out of this game. It's a pretty solid adventure game, but what really fascinated me was the stuff you can find if you poke around after you beat the game. It's hard to say more about it, really. The only downside is that if you're hoping for some kind of deeper meaning to the story and the darkness that permeates it, well...you're not going to get one, and that's a shame, I think, because it feels like there should be something.
I really enjoyed it anyway, though, so don't let that dissuade you too much. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth, I can say that.
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