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 and .
User reviews: Very Positive (549 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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May 30

Korean version now available (Windows only right now)

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"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 and .

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

System Requirements

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
32 of 48 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 18
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 30
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
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,'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.
Posted: June 10
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95 of 124 people (77%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Can I give a thumbs-sideways?

The word "anodyne" in a literary sense can mean "soothing" or "blandly agreeable," and I can certainly give the game the bland part.

For the better part of three hours playing the game I did not know if I could stomach finishing it. I'm getting ahead of myself.

It's a Legend of Zelda-like with a ton of strange thematic choices, poor writing, too much dialogue and tonal shifts that will give a player whiplash. What few inventive game mechanics it employs are spread throughout an atrociously long and dull climb to nowhere. You might pass through seven screens just to get to the next place: no enemies, no obstacles to speak of, just a march. As if the designers (credited indie devs Sean Hogan Jonathan Kittaka) couldn't be bothered, having come up with the overall map of an area, to fill it in with things. This becomes very apparent when retracing your steps. You will find a checkpoint at the beginning of an area, putting you on guard for the trials ahead. Then those trials never manifest and seven screens later there's another checkpoint.

To what end? Was my adversary through that place boredom? Will checkpoints at the beginning and end of a stretch really help me combat that adversary?

The few basic enemies you encounter are all laughably simplistic. Many pose no threat at all. Some cannot even harm you. This led me to think perhaps they were more of a rhetorical device than a game object, really. The only rhetorical question that sprang to mind was "why am I still playing this?" Then later I encountered fire-breathing lions and they shot my dandy theory to hell.

But I do know the answer to that rhetorical question, as the game is a little more than a poorly-written, bland, easy Zelda clone.

First, even though the various mechanics are spread out way too far, the few that the game offers are very neat. Even with all the crummy verbosity, the game does not tutorialize, rather giving you the tools and letting you figure things out. A good bit of design. The nugget of a good game. I would never have thought that piles of dust could have so many uses, but there you go.

Second, there is at least one boss in the game that requires a neat bit of fooling and approaches a reasonable challenge. Shame that I can only honestly say that about one of perhaps eight or so bosses, but that one is very good and fun.

Third, there are a few counter-intuitive design choices that I won't spoil that I do admire as choices. It is this last point that keeps my thumb pointing up with all I've said about the game to this point. What I will say is that it's a shame you only get the full, mechanically complete game after playing through the whole thing.

Heck I guess that's a second way it reminds me of Fez. The first was the music and sound effects. Which I didn't mention. Okay.

The music is fine if you're into chiptunes and oscilloscopes. Tones, mostly sine waves. Some triangle. There are several good tones.

Which is more than I can say about the jokes. Those are all tonedeaf. And just grating given everything else that happens. I want to say that, as a rule, you don't get to make crappy puns about bicycles with names in the same game where you murder a man and jump into his corpse-portal to go commit an abortion on a tentacle monster. Which is part of what I mean when I say the game is tonally all over the place. Anything vaguely interesting as a narrative point just gets dropped somewhere; crushed away by screen after screen of nothing happening.

Things I didn't like:
bad jokes
boring, longwinded dialogue
useless screens
lack of difficulty

Things I did like:
inventive mechanics
post-game elements
certain specific challenges
cute enemy names
no navi

Buy it on sale. At the time of this writing it is half-off the ten dollar list price, which still feels like a bit much for what you're getting. Do not pay ten dollars for this game, at any rate.
Posted: December 29, 2013
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