Gauge is an experimental and minimalistic sport game.
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Mostly Positive (174 reviews) - 72% of the 174 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Audio standard
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (174 reviews)
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Hyper Mairo
( 0.1 hrs on record )
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 on record )
Posted: March 29
I feel like I just got an STD.
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Obsidian Age
( 0.2 hrs on record )
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>
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
10/10 would press spacebar again.
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Mamelarde
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Similar to Super Hexagon, can get addictive fast. There's no variety to the gameplay but then again that's the whole charm of it. For the price it's definitely worth it.
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Azure Fang
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Developer insults players. 'nuff said.
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E. Randy Dupre
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
Needs more epilepsy warning.
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ULTIMATUM1638
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
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The Bean Regime
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Oh man.

You press space bar to fill a gauge and try to get as close as you can to filling it without actually filling it.

Sometimes you get to do 2 gauges at once.

Soundtrack works for the game, although I was far more focused on the gauge.

Gets boring rather quickly. The difficulty remains constant (despite the varying length of the gauge), and the background bombards you with irritating effects.

I could see it with very minor success on mobile, free with ads. Definitely not worth money.
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Restriser
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
I found the meaning of life within this game.

A PERFECT 5/7
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chaser
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
I think GAUGE is a game that would fare way better as a mobile game, or at a lower pricepoint ($1 perhaps). It works better conceptually than it does in practice, and there's just not enough content or depth to warrant spending more than 30 minutes in this game imo. Unless you love the visual and audio aesthetic and have a fetish for score attacking and leaderboards, I just can't recommend GAUGE.
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Bassking1995
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
Not ♥♥♥♥ing good at all.

Maybe for 99 cents.

Not for 4 ♥♥♥♥ing dollars.

You can buy an rpg that will give you 1000 hours of content with that amount of money.

♥♥♥♥ this game, stupid wannabe meme.
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ryanrenolds79
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 15, 2015
I am very confused how this has positive reviews. It is just a simple mini-game where you press the space bar constantly to maintain a gauge at certain level. Even if the game cost $0.10 I wouldn't buy it.
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Craigosaurusflex
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
This should be a free app gangbanged by ads on the Playstore. I wonder why this was even in a bundle.
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man
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
I lost 3 lives at "sexual ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥".
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ShandyAndy
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
Gauge

This review was last edited when I had completed around two hours play time.

Short Review

Its a pretty minimalistic game based around pressing the space bar to expand and releasing it to contract a horizontal bar (gauge) from the center towards the edge of the screen, ensuring it doesn't contract to the centre nor expand right to the outer limits (in which case you lose a life). The game ends when you lose all your lives or you run out of time. Whilst that may sound pretty boring the addition of some funky graphics and music make for much better gameplay than it sounds and I have to say although I got it in a bundle I wouldn't have been disappointed paying the standard price of £2.49. Personally its not a game I'd play for hours on end but for short bursts of 10 minutes or so I found it good fun.

Long Review

The game can be played in windows or full screen mode. A mouse is required to change any of the settings but actual game play is via the keyboard and more precisely the space bar and control key - and that's it.

There is no tutorial but there are some hints available on the initial screen that cover the basics but having said that the game is pretty simple to pick up .. I got all the basics sorted in playing for 5-10 minutes.

The screen display is pretty minimalistic with usually just the current bonus, the number of lives left, the actual horiztonal bar control and the current score displayed, although sometimes only the control bar is dislayed and the display theme changes as the game progresses. The game is accompnied by some pretty decent music and some fairly psychodelic graphics.

The closer to the edge you keep the bar the bigger the bonus you accumulate so ideally you want to keep the gauge as close to the side as you can without actually touching it.

As the game progresses a few additional features are introduced such as grab points close to the center which give you the chance to activiate a second gauge which can be controlled by pressing the control key and whilst I have to admit initially controlling two gauges simultaneously proved beyond my ability for more than a 20-30 seconds or so after just a short amount of practice I managed several minutes at a time. Text is also displayed and the changes in graphics themes become more intense, distracting you and making the game much, much more difficult. The centre also moves out and the edges in making the area to control your gauge much smaller.

Additional modes are unlocked once you start posting scores in the millions .. One you see pictures of cats you're starting to get the hang of the game ..

Double gauges seem to score double points. Getting a grab point usually inceases the control area by pushing the center section towards the center of the screen.

If you are into Twitter there is a button in game that allows you to tweet your scores .. Not a facility I have used.

The is a global high score table which I have not troubled in the slightest ;)

I'd strongly urge people to give this game a chance as I must admit I almost dropped it after playing for just 5 minutes but shortly afterwards something clicked and I found it strangely relaxing. Some games I get VERY frustrated when I lose but not this one; I just restart and try again with a shrug of the shoulders.

Pros
  • Simple controls - hell its just the space bar and control key
  • Kept my 2 year old mezmorised whilst he sat on my knee and I played this
Cons
  • If I play in full screen mode it messes with any windowed applications I have running on my second monitor
Marks Out Of 5

5) Must have - stop whatever you're playing now and play this
4) Worth the asking price and considering as your next purchase
3) Maybe purchase if you're stuck for choosing your next game or mildly discounted
2) Only purchase if it is heavily discounted
1) Not worth getting even if given away free

Where I got the game from

Bundle Stars Indie Heroes Bundle which consisted of 8 games for £2.39 to Gauge effectively cost me around £0.30

Platform Played On

Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition, 8Gb RAM, Palit GTX 750, Windows 10, Standard mouse/keyboard.

My best guess for a PEGI Rating

3: I can't see any reason to raise it above this. PEGI Ratings
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i64iya64i
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 2, 2015
That's a good one! Simple as a fart yet very well designed, it got mechanics a bit similar to David, and feels like smth inbetween a rhythm game and a clicker. Success depends largely on your nervous system functional state and your attention control, may be used it a psychological training software. You also need a keyboard with very smooth spacebar.

Хорошая штука! По механике эта простая как мычание, но классно сделанная игра напоминает Давида, и ощущается как нечто среднее между ритмической игрой и щелкалкой. Успех во многом зависит от функционального состояния вашей нервной системы и контроля за вниманием, можно использовать как программу для психологической тренировки. Также понадобится клавиатура с очень мягким ходом пробела.
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Mowgli
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 16, 2015
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🍰 Shortcake
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 15, 2015
My eyes hurt, and I'm mildly terrified, but I want to keep playing.
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Feared aLIEn Voodoo
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: August 15, 2015
An en"gauge"ing romp into the darkest corners of your soul
Must have ultra hipster taste built on a foundation of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Sends your personal information directly to the NSA
Baby Mode just for you girl.

Update: Playable off grid
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Oh man.

You press space bar to fill a gauge and try to get as close as you can to filling it without actually filling it.

Sometimes you get to do 2 gauges at once.

Soundtrack works for the game, although I was far more focused on the gauge.

Gets boring rather quickly. The difficulty remains constant (despite the varying length of the gauge), and the background bombards you with irritating effects.

I could see it with very minor success on mobile, free with ads. Definitely not worth money.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
I am very confused how this has positive reviews. It is just a simple mini-game where you press the space bar constantly to maintain a gauge at certain level. Even if the game cost $0.10 I wouldn't buy it.
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72 of 94 people (77%) found this review helpful
13 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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93 of 131 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 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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58 of 77 people (75%) 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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46 of 59 people (78%) 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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40 of 51 people (78%) 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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47 of 65 people (72%) 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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27 of 32 people (84%) 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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22 of 31 people (71%) 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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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
A pretty pointless game, you would have to have no other games to play in order to be entertained by this.
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
6 Reasons why to buy GAUGE:

1) You lose money.
2) Your thumb will hurt like hell after 10 mins of gameplay.
3) If you don't have epilepsy, you will get one.
4) If you're a achievement collector, this game is a must have.
5) You will see your optician much more often.
6) If you play good enough, you may see a cat.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
The perfect game to kill your epileptic friends (use baby mode for higher success rate).

Basicly you hit different buttons to have different bars has highly filled as possible for as long as possible for no ♥♥♥♥ing reason with unappealing sound and visuals. (and a 50x50px resolution... maybe a bit more)
For what it does its not bad, but it actually isnt a game i would recommend. It should be banished into the apple-store-borderlands and never be seen again.

'nuff said
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
A one-dimensional game in every sense of the word.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
This game is insane.

Do not play if you are photosensitive or otherwise have trouble with quickly moving images or bright flashing lights.

The mechanics in this game are simple: hold spacebar to fill a gauge. Then maybe press ctrl to activate a second gauge and then hold ctrl to fill this gauge.
If either gauge fills completely, then you lose a life. If either gauge empties completely, you also lose a life.
Keeping gauges close to full awards bonus points, and sometimes bonuses will appear which can only be received by almost emptying the first gauge.
Keep playing until a high score.

The trick is, this game throws as much visual noise at you as possible to distract you from these goals. It will also invert and scale and wobble and blur the gauges to throw you off.
Very rarely does this seem unfair, with the only visually confusing technique I've encountered being changing the background to match the gauge.
Overall, it does a very good job of making the gauge levels distinguishable in some fashion, even whilst playing with your eyes and head.

It is a very intense visual experience and, as the achievement "♥♥♥♥♥♥" might suggest, a very intense digital experience.
As such I would not play this game for prolonged periods of time, as otherwise you risk damaging your sense of balance and fingers.

But, in small doses, this game is remarkably fun.

The baby level is creepy though. Maybe don't play that one before bed.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
The Game isn't fun It just hurts your eyes
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
This game is quite like dropping LSD into a CRT monitor and riding a dingo across the sahara.

I don't even know if it's a video game, but it definitely stopped me from going hungry.

Elephant?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2015
What?! Is this supposed to be a "game" ? I can't believe I spent money on this. I kept expecting something to happen, but no.. there's zero variety. And no, I don't care that there's badly clipped videos of cats off of Youtube.

Played it for about 10 minutes, and I now have a headache, and my wrist is killing me. Play this, and you WILL get RSI or have a seizure. If you like button-mashing, go play Daley Thomson's Decathlon from, like, the 80s. At least it has some variety.

Pretentious pap. UNINSTALLED.

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