Gauge is an experimental and minimalistic sport game.
User reviews: Very Positive (82 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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Reviews

“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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Audio standard
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Hit the spacebar.

Repeat until dead.
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Prententious dire pap. Only play if you like pressing the space bar whilst having yours eyes assaulted by flashing migraine ninja lights.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 10
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0.2 hrs on record
So flashy. Much colors. Such hipster. Very spacebar.
Posted: October 19
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1.4 hrs on record
It's a hard question answer what this game is but let me try.
It's a insanely cool game with strong difficult, a good fair challenge, requires reflexes and have a casual fun.
You got to be concentrated in hold and realease you spacebar and ctrl in the right proportion as the the game tries to take out your focus with psicodelic graphics, lol cats, funny phrases, reducing your gauge, shaking the screen and a whole another ones mature nonsenses. Before I forget, it have 4 game modes unlockable plus the original, totally deserves your attention!
Extremely cool, you have to try!
Posted: October 18
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0.1 hrs on record
seizure simulator 2014

8/8 gr8 game m8
Posted: October 21
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2.7 hrs on record
First, if the premise of repeatedly tapping one button to not lose repulses you, this game is not for you.
This game is for you if you enjoy simple but hardcore games, like Super Hexagon, to which this game is often compared. It's simple, it's intense (yes, a game about controlling a gauge is intense), and it is unforgiving. For such a simple game, the amount of visuals and ♥♥♥♥ing cats is impressive.

I haven't made it to the end yet, and I expect either the meaning of the Universe, or eldritch horrors.
Posted: October 9
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0.2 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ing life itself
Posted: October 24
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75 of 101 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 26
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I was hoping for something with actual gameplay, but this is nothing more than Spacebar: The Game. Music is ok, I guess.

4/10
Posted: July 18
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36 of 47 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: July 14
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
It definitely looked a lot cooler than it was.

Not sure why it's not written in HTML5 and uploaded to some ♥♥♥♥ty 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.
Posted: July 14
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: July 21
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16 of 31 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Still not exactly sure what is going on, not sure the game wants me to know whats going on, and I'm okay with that.

A very simple, fun and moreish game which plays with your mind as you try your hardest to look at a bar and maintain it's gauge by pressing space/ctrl whilst the game trys to distact you by manipulating the screen and playspace.

Some may want to wait for a price reduction if they don't think $4 is worth a 'distraction' myself I think it's well worth $4 for a distraction as I have a game that I can pass 5 - 10 mins waiting by my side every day until I get sick of it.
Posted: May 26
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14 of 30 people (47%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Gloriously bizarre one-dimensional twitch game. Very much needs a play, press space to expand the bar, press ctrl to expand the second bar (when you get it), avoid the walls.... and thats it. Play it nowish. Nowish.
Posted: May 23
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
𝕋𝕣𝕚𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕒𝕤 𝕗𝕦𝕔𝕜!
6/10
Posted: July 15
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28 of 59 people (47%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
SEIZURES! CATS! BROKEN SPACEBAR!
10/10 MY EYES HURT
Posted: May 23
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Like a fake videogame mixed with a flashy electronic nightmare. A micro-minimalist test of endurance, patience, and pressing the space bar.
Posted: May 28
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Very simple, very addicting, VERY HARD.
Posted: July 5
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
i love this game to death. twitchy as super hexagon, psychedelic as space giraffe, and with an extension system that will make you just ever so slightly better as you play more. you're going to keep coming back to test your old score. well worth the investment.
Posted: July 17
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