Gauge is an experimental and minimalistic sport game.
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Mostly Positive (149 reviews) - 75% of the 149 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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“It's fun, it's addictive, and there are different modes for you to challenge yourself with.”
App of the day – Kotaku

“Gauge looks artistic, and it looks experimental. It sort of is, but it's not pretentious (...) It's just simple, sexy and fun.”
4/5 – Touch Arcade

“Gauge puts you in charge of nothing more spectacular than an expanding line, and the results are astonishingly entertaining.”
9/10 – Edge Online

About This Game

Gauge is an experimental and minimalistic sport game.
The end does exist, can you reach it?

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- 5 game modes (Normal, Baby, Hard, Time, Touch)
- 23 Steam achievements
- Tons of Psychedelic effects
- Electronic music, jokes and LOLcats

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Read before playing:
A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. If you, or anyone in your family, have an epileptic condition, consult your physician prior to playing.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Compatible DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Audio standard
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maluzeinar
2.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
This is the weirdest game I've played. No instructions, no nothing. But no instructions are needed, everything is straightforward and the mechanic is understood after 30 seconds.
The game makes me feel like I'm in acid. I've shut it down for a few minutes and I still see flashing lights in the corner of my eyes. It's fun and addictive, but I also feel that it will probably melt my brain.
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Jet Jaguar
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
It's like a horrible photoshop gradients rave. Made me feel nauseous for real.
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Mike90
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 17
The worst nightmare for true achievement hunters: an unobtainable achievement

#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
Don't fill the Gauge!
This achievement is here to prevent you from filling achievement gauge to 100%... and die. You can't unlock it.

To an e-mail inquiring him about it, the developer answered this way:
#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
If your only pleasure when you play a video game is to fill an achievement gauge to 100% then you're perfectly right, don't buy it, it's not a game meant for you.

Guess what? Filling an "achievement gauge" isn't just a pleasure, it's a method for me to "gauge" (pun totally intended) my dedication towards a video game I like.

TL;DR
If you're a true achievement hunter, follow the developer's advice, and don't buy his game.
Technically, I didn't "buy" it, I got it in a bundle, and I "played" it 5 minutes just to review it.
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DevelopedBy
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 5
Bad trip simulator
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YUNG CHRIST
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 2
more like gauge my eyes out
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darkfirefae
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 2
Not fun. Negitive reviews are all correct.
Push spacebar, flashing lights, number gauge. That is all.
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Hybear Mairo
0.1 hrs
Posted: April 22
No, I do not recommend buying a game which is literally pressing space bar to fill the gauge. Even if it were free browser game, I would've gotten bored to it within minutes and started doing something else.
Game does seem to have some odd variations, but most of them just give headache.

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Ei, en suosittele ostamaan peliä joka koostuu kirjaimellisesti välilyönnin painamisesta palkin täyttämiseksi. Vaikka se olisi ilmainen selainpeli, kyllästyisin siihen minuuteissa ja alkaisin tehdä jotain muuta sen sijaan.
Pelissä näyttäisi olevan hieman outoja variaatoita, mutta suurimmaksi osaksi ne antavat vain päänsärkyä.
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MisterTacosSeven
0.8 hrs
Posted: March 29
I feel like I just got an STD.
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Obsidian Age
0.2 hrs
Posted: March 1
Positives:

It has achievements and a leaderboard.

Negatives:

There is literally nothing to Gauge other than pressing the spacebar and (occasionally) CTRL.

The game makes *heavy* use of epilepsy-inducing graphics, all of which are completely unnecessary. I don't even suffer from epilepsy, but I couldn't stand to look at these graphics for more than ten minutes! They don't add to the gameplay in any way whatsoever, rather detract from it. These graphics will actually lose a significant portion of their players, so why they chose to incorporate them is beyond me.

The game starts fullscreen, and has an option to go windowed. I say 'windowed', but there is actually no window to the minimised game. It sits right in the middle of your screen, and you can't drag it - essentially making the entire purpose of having the window option pointless.

While there is a 'help' screen that briefly outlines the objective of the game, it's barely helpful. On top of that, there are no indications anywhere of the controls. The main screen just says 'Press Space'. It took me a fair few runs to even learn what I was meant to do and how to do it. This only became worse when the second bar was introduced (in the vaguest way possible).

The music isn't bad, but there are no options within the game itself to either lower the volume or mute the music. I had to do so through the Volume Mixer.

Every time you fail, the game has restarting, including the loading and the showing of the main menu. In a game that's all about timing, they really should have made it quicker to get back into the game.

Whenever you click on anything on the main menu, it connects to information on the Steam Overlay. I guess they couldn't work out how to put a leaderboard in their own game. This is extremely annoying as the overlay halts the progress of many popular idle-based progression games.

Conclusion:

SEVEN strong negatives and two minor positives.

1/10. This game really should be free; it is definitely not even worth a tenth of the price the author is charging.
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</yourlife>
1.2 hrs
Posted: February 15
10/10 would press spacebar again.
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78 of 103 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Prententious dire pap. Only play if you like pressing the space bar whilst having yours eyes assaulted by flashing migraine ninja lights.
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95 of 134 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
DISCLAIMER / PROTIP: IF YOU SUFFER FROM EPILEPSY OR ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO FLASHING LIGHTS AND COLORS, DON'T BUY OR PLAY THIS GAME... YOU'LL PROBABLY DIE.

So after earning the achievement for playing a single round for 20 minutes and landing myself 4th on the global leaderboard, I suppose I can adequately evaluate this game:

It's simple.
It's fun.
It will cook your eyes and strenghten your fingers.

This game reminds me a lot of Super Hexagon for its simplicity; if you liked that game then you will probably like this one, but it is also a bit more... bizzare. The premise is simple: use the space bar to control a colored bar between the upper and lower limits on a "gauge" while the background flashes alternating colors and patterns. The closer to the top of the gauge you are the more points you earn per second, but if you TOUCH the top or bottom you lose a score multiplier A.K.A. your lives (think the Bit Trip series: reach zero multipliers and its game over). Periodically you can collect score bonuses near the bottom of the gauge and, if you so elect, press the CTRL button to start controlling 2 bars at once for twice the points.

Problem is, the game doesn't like it when you start scoring high and progressively speeds the rate of color flashing, swaps patterns more quickly, stretches/shifts/flips the screen orientation, moves the location of the upper and lower limits, changes music, and even flashes text questions and pictures of cats when you least suspect it.

It gets very difficult and I don't recommend playing for extended periods of time, especially on a large screen. That being said this can be a really fun game in small doses and getting put on the leaderboard is satisfying. In addition, after playing certain amounts more and more game modes unlock for you to try, tweaking one aspect of the game at a time to keep it fresh.

In conclusion I would give this game an 8/10 as a casual, but challenging, lunch break spender. The only detracting aspects of this game for me are:
-The music is good, BUT it could be better. I prefer something even more aggresive in this type of game to keep me focused.
-The agressive strobing of bright colors for minutes on end make this game difficult to play for more than 10-15 minutes, basicaly forcing the player to stop playing after a short time (and thats saying something because I have a pretty decent tollerance for this stuff).

All in all, for 4 bucks I'd say its well worth the money.
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59 of 81 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
I was hoping for something with actual gameplay, but this is nothing more than Spacebar: The Game. Music is ok, I guess.

4/10
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47 of 62 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Hit the spacebar.

Repeat until dead.
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48 of 66 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
If the controls for Super Hexagon were too hard for you, Gauge is here to help. Wait until it's on sale for $0.49
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40 of 53 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
It definitely looked a lot cooler than it was.

Not sure why it's not written in HTML5 and uploaded to some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ website somewhere, it'd be beloved by millions if that were the case. Not worth spending any money on. It's nothing new, just a quirky idea with some pretty (and slightly mad) colors splashed in.

Hotline Miami without the amazing soundtrack, blood, guts, story, gameplay, or use of the mouse. So, nothing much really. It only retained the obnoxious colors and 80s drenched effects.
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
pressing space bar: the game


with a side of headache and chance of epileptic seizure
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I got this game from the bundle and noticed that devs attitude is kinda lame. The game for itself was pretty awful and because of the attitude of the dev I really hope nobody buys this game. Removed from library for the rest of my life.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
I don't know what I bought this at but if it was more than a dollar I feel bad.
It's not a good game to me.
Literally all it is is pressing a spacebar while physcadelic ♥♥♥♥ happens.
Please don't buy it unless you're okay with wasting a dollar
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
Spacebar throttler deluxe.
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