Gauge is an experimental and minimalistic sport game.
User reviews: Very Positive (96 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
45 of 61 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
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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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
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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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
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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40 of 56 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Hit the spacebar.

Repeat until dead.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
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 shit happens.
Please don't buy it unless you're okay with wasting a dollar
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Still a better game than Bad Rats.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
The thought of a game where all you do is press space bar to control a gauge sounds terrible but it's actually really fun, especially with the flashy background, awesome music, and just how the game tries to distract you all the time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Super hexagon on acid
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Made me just as much addicted as Super Hexagon did. You learn the rules of the game in the first two minutes very quickly without even pressing the help button. Worth the price IMO even though I've won it in one of the auctions. I wonder if this exists on Android as well so I can die in a game alot on the go just like I did with Super hexagon.

Oh and the soundtrack is pretty nice, no idea where to download the music though.

Edit 21.12.14:

I've played this game for the last few days from time to time and I have a strong feeling that this game has so much hidden that you have unlock by being good at the game. I may have only scored a lousy 8 billion or something but now I've got a music button at the top right on the main screen.

If I compared Super Hexagon to GAUGE I'd say they're both on the same level, but Super Hexagon has somehow slightly less content than GAUGE, but to unlock that content you need to be very good at it. I wonder what the guy on the first place on the leaderboard has seen...

10/10
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
So flashy. Much colors. Such hipster. Very spacebar.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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!
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78 of 104 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
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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17 of 33 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
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.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Ver flash like game. its a game you play on a free flash game site for around 5-10 mins before moving on to a new game. not very worth the price tag.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
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.
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