Simple in concept, but very challenging and rewarding,Circuits is a puzzle game that requires careful listening to complete each level. The goal of Circuits : piece together the different parts of a song. Sounds easy, but maybe not.
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Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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“Circuits is an outstanding puzzle game that is sure to immerse any player who chooses to experience its sheer brilliance”
9/10 – God is a Geek

“Circuits parvient à nous séduire grâce à son concept original habillé très sobrement par une interface efficace”
8/10 – Indiemag

“you're doing yourself a disservice not to give it a try if it sounds like something you think you might enjoy”

Coming Soon, "Circuits Composer", Free for our Circuits players.

"Circuits Composer" Coming soon as a free update for all of our users.

With the circuits editor you can create your own songs, save it and share through steam workshop, also load other people musics or share your own loop packages so people can use it for making new songs. You can have an sneak peek here :

After the update the game price will raise a little.

thank you,
Digital Tentacle.

About This Game

Simple in concept, but very challenging and rewarding, Circuits is a musical puzzle game that requires careful listening to complete each level.

The goal of Circuits

piece together the different parts of a song. Sounds easy, but maybe not.

As we love music, we wanted to make a game that gives the player an insight into how music is created and makes listening the core part of the experience. Packed with beautifullly designed minimal graphics, to not disturb the focus of the game, and right now 25 different songs for the player to reconstruct.

So if you like music, you will like Circuits .


  • Engaging gameplay that gives an insight into music creation for players
  • A soundtrack mix of electronic ambient,dubstep, and epic orchestra composed by David García ( Deadlight, Rime...)
  • Beautiful minimal design
  • And a Turbo.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: Stereo
    • OS: Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Sound Card: Stereo
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.6+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
A relaxing game, where you "assemble" pieces of a sound-clip. Both relaxing and brain-stimulating, was great fun tuning my ear to pick out different sounds.

The way it's designed allows for both those without a good ear, and those who do, to enjoy the game - either to challenge yourself without hints or separating the layers, or if you're struggling to hear a certain sound.

Simple interface, I recommend playing in full-screen for less distractions :)

Only requirement is a set of headphones - I suspect the better they are, the better the experience will be.
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86 of 100 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
[English Version]
As a super music lover and musician (keyboardist, guitarist and fiddler) who have perfect pitch and a good sense of rhythm, I realized that I just found "my game" now on Steam.

This game is not only an outstanding work of music, but an inspirational artwork that introduces "musicality" to people in such a fun way. Each piece of music is full of originality and abundance of tone color, with pleasant atmosphere and diversity of music type. While a good memory is required, pitch recognition, sense of rhythm and timbre recognition ability are also important to this game. It would be a good chance for those who want to improve their musicality to develop and enhance their understanding of music.

I just want to say, I really, really enjoy the whole game and actually listen to every single note and fragment. Thank to the developer who created this wonderful piece of work, and I would love to see more innovative elements being added into it.


[Chinese Version]




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86 of 104 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
This is how to make a simple but well done music experience. Interesting idea and unusual game mechanics. If you like music and have sensitive hearing it's worth trying.
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90 of 114 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Playing Circuits is like trying to transcribe a song someone else wrote, while having an overly vague and harsh on looker constantly jump in to tell you you're doing something wrong. It's a dull lesson in tedious frustration, constantly imposing illogical and repetitive mechanics on the player while providing no incentive or reward for figuring them out. The ideas behind Circuits sound intriguing on paper, but the foundation developer Digital Tentacle has laid them out is simply not there.

Circuits is a game about building music, or that's what it's supposed to be. In reality it's the act of memorizing a sequence of sounds, and then placing audio samples in the correct order until you've recreated the track exactly. This is expanded upon by new mechanics such as repeating samples and loops, but they are never used in a way that actually expands the gameplay into something more compelling, instead only making tracks more confusing and difficult to put together.

This is the fault of both the opaque design at the core of Circuits, and the fact that the tracks you are creating are often made up of far more sounds and layers than you actually place on your board. This makes deciphering what sample is meant to go where incredibly challenging in a way that feels poorly thought out and rarely allows you to readily hear the mistakes you make, as everything is buried under so many other sounds to begin with. It also flies in the face of the very premise of the game that you are building these tracks yourself, as so much of them are completely separate from the gameplay and simply added onto the samples you placed. Finally the soundtrack is enormously disappointing for a game based around music, consisting of twenty-five nearly identical tracks, none of which are the least bit memorable and made having to listen to them dozens of times per level immensely irritating.

Though it blends two of my favorite genres (music and puzzle games), Circuits manages nothing but to be exceedingly unenjoyable in nearly every aspect of its designing, failing to even deliver upon its original goals as it meanders about with uneasy steps in its mess of dismal design choices. I'm not sure why I bothered to push through to the end, as having done so I can see I was having very much the same experience then as right at the start of the game, which is to say a dreadful time that I couldn't recommend to others.
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107 of 144 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
This game is pretty awesome, but my expectation was to have a sandbox mode, which would complete this game.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
This game requires you to listen to some soundtracks and reconstruct them from individual parts. You can separate the soundtrack into individual layers, which makes it easy to listen and compare the music pieces and find the right place for each one... but that's not even a challenge, and I think there is no point in playing the game like this.

But if you have a good musical ear (and headphones), you can choose not to use layers (there is an achievement for that), so you can only listen to the complete unmodified track, with up to 3 "instruments" playing at the same time. And that makes things interesting, in some cases nearly impossible. But that's when hints come into play! You just need to get things mostly right and then you may use hints to logically deduce the rest, which is also quite fun.
Oh, and if you want more, then you can play with layers but without hints (which is another achievement), so there's some replayability.

In conclusion, Circuits is an interesting game, but I wouldn't recommend it to most people.

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44 of 59 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
This game is simply fantastic. I have always been a fan of music games but this one might just be one of the best ones I have played so far. The atmosphere this game offers is simply incredible and can only be explained by letting someone actually play it. It relaxes and gives insight on the many facets music has and exists of. Definitely recommend it!
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60 of 87 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
Very good concept for a game, which I hope will eventually be made into something incredible. However, the objective is wrong. Instead of listening to music so that we can copy it as well as possible, we should be rearranging these buttons in such a way that the music makes intuitive sense without the help of any guide at all. This way, we only hear the (by the way, fantastic) original score once we solve the puzzle. If you do this, you can begin the music with all buttons in place - just some of them are wrong. Then instead of listening like a parrot, we listen like a musician and learn to pick out things that don't belong on our own.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
Circuits is a wonderful puzzle game to challenge your musical hearing abilities...

...if you don't already have over a decade of musical experience.

99% of you are probably don't have the best ears in the world when it comes to music, so for most of you out there, I will definitely recommend this. But be prepared for some pretty difficult puzzles!

However, for those with a history of extensive musical training, don't expect to use much thought process. I myself am a music composition major in university, and have been playing music since the age of 2. Needless to say, I was able to complete all the puzzles with total ease, without using any hints or switching to individual instrument layers. If you think you would be in a similar position as me, either wait until more difficult puzzles are introduced into the game (the devs are considering adding some more challenging levels), or simply get the game now, and use it as a method to relax.
On a side note, I hear there is a new extention or software coming soon called Circuits Composer, which means that the community might be able to provide us with some truly challenging puzzles, possibly even for music graduates.

My final word is that I fully recommend this game to people who don't have impossibly sharp ears, as you'll be developing your hearing abilities through levels that you may find yourself stuck on for hours. And even for the others, I would still recommend the game, given that you keep in mind my comments above.

I'll be looking forward to any future updates!
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44 of 63 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Started off easy but interesting. Slowly got a bit more interesting, then they introduced the loops portion of the gameplay and that's where the game completely broke down from a musical puzzle to a frustrating chore.

For a musician, this game provides no real challenge or gameplay. Simply listen to each sample and figure out where it needs to go, then when you think you've solved it, just hit play and fast-forward through. There's no incentive to actually listen to the entire piece or all samples together. It's much easier and faster to figure out each "layer" (as they call it) and put in the proper samples.

You may notice that I haven't even spent a full hour on the game but that's because I finished around half the levels and then the "loop" mechanic got SO tedious that I just had to stop. It wasn't an engaging or challenging mechanic. It was just endless tedium. And the number of loops that you need to figure out has no meaning musically as there are no measures or BPM or anything. So it's a matter of figuring out how many times each sample loops audibly. And when you've heard these repeating samples over and over again, watching paint dry sounds like a much better afternoon!

So get it if it's on sale and get it if you're not a musician.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game. Nothing fun here for me.
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Lukewarm Bong
6.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
Recommended if you like music and the idea of ear puzzles interests you

Fun little game. Got this at half-off so the price was definitely right. Was able to complete it in about 3 hours both times I played. The difficulty scaled pretty well- could of been harder but I'm sure that will vary from from person to person. You listen to pieces of individual instruments on a particular song and place each piece to where it fits chronologically, in order to make the song flow right. Best way to describe it would be "It's an 'Ear Puzzle'". Don't have to be a musician, but If you are familiar with songwriting/composing it does help. The music is a pretty unique blend of electronica and classical instrumentation. Very chill stuff, sets a really nice tone that makes for a relaxing time. My only real complaint was doing the auto-tuned voice parts... that got pretty annoying pretty quick. That and maybe some more levels wouldn't of hurt. Still a fun way to kill some time. Recommended for all the fellow audiophiles
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
A game that you can make some musiclike sounds. You listen once, memorize and build it from mixed parts of it. Nothing much. Not my type of game though.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
Didn't like this game at first... seemed tedious and almost pointless (drag and drop functionality? might as well start stacking books on top of each other for fun). But after a few levels - and after deciding to use headphones for the 'experience' - I was pleasantly surprised.

There are a few issues I have with it (why can't we left-click to change the repeat instead of holding down on the right which sometimes makes it think that I'm dragging it?), but they don't ruin the experience.

The music is nice. Birds are nice. Flowers are nice. This review is nice.

10/10 - funderful

PS. I bought it on sale, but I'd say the $5 is a good price for it. Not really $5 for the gameplay - $5 for the whole shebang.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: September 11
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6.5 hrs
Posted: September 5
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3.8 hrs
Posted: September 4
A short but sweet game. It was a great idea and I wish they could have pushed it even farther. I was frustrating from time to time being unable to distinguish between sounds, I like to think I have a really good ear, but this game showed me that just having a good ear for pitch and rhythm isn't enough, and still leaves a lot of subtler aspects of EDM I wasn't paying much attention to.
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Mongoloid Mike
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 4
I don't get it
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
This game is really amazing and I love it,if you like music or want to fonud good times,you must play it
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