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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"Unique rhythm game asking you to differentiate between parts of music. A great soundtrack and relaxed gameplay make this a very interesting experience."

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October 9, 2014

Circuits Composer is coming, and for free for all of circuits players

We are really close to finish our "Circuits Composer". An expansion for our Circuits core game. In the composer you can freely build music and share it through steam workshop, import others people music...all the fine details and some surprises coming later.

We cannot give yet an exact launch date. but "soon". And will be free for all of our steam players. After deploy the Composer the game will raise it´s price a little. We need to survive, you know :)

Also Circuits will have a little update with some quality of life improvements and little fixes and also thanks to the amazing community in steam, 3 more languajes.

here is a sneak peek of the composer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZlifcx-MK4

Thank you all,
Digital Tentacle.

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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”
Indiegames

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 : http://youtu.be/AZlifcx-MK4

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 .

Features


  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: Stereo
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Sound Card: Stereo
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
47 of 67 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Circuits has nothing to do with electricity, but it does require a good musical ear to distinguish sometimes subtle differences in sound samples. And that's basically what circuits is all about--chaining musical samples together to reproduce the default piece of each level. While the music samples are pretty good, as a game where the player simply tries to reproduce what he hears, I didn't find it all that fun or engaging.

As I played the game, I was thinking that the user should be able to make his own musical scores based on the samples provided. And apparently there is a Circuits Composer feature coming soon which I think will make this game a fun little music generator. So I give it a thumbs up for a future unreleased feature. The base game isn't all that impressive, but it's hard not to recommend it given the sale price.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Circuits is an independent masterpiece. It is highly original, and I have never seen another game like it! While it's mechanics are deceitfully simple, you will come to find Circuits both stimulating and satisfying. The objective is to string together various segments of a song in the correct order... Easy, right? =)

Story: If you only play games with a primary focus on storytelling, Circuits might not be the game for you. If you can, however, enjoy a game without a tale to tell, I really implore you to try this game.

Gameplay: If you are a music lover, this game might suit you. The gameplay revolves around the music, and I assure you that the soundtrack is superb, and with good reason. Basically, all you have to do is listen to the song and figure out how to recreate it on an empty template. You can listen to the song in layers, or as a whole, depending on how well you can pick apart sound. The game doesn't take long to beat, and my only complaint is the difficulty. It starts off extremely easy, and at some point takes a leap into higher difficulties. Overall, this game is extremely enjoyable, especially if you're just looking for something relaxing to do.

Controls: This game offers an untraditional approach to gaming. While the controls are simple enough, and playable simply with a mouse, it is best played with a set of headphones. This helps the player to become immersed in the sounds, which in turn will aid them on their quest to put the sounds in the correct sequence.

Graphics: Sleek, simple, and to the point: Circuit's interface is highly appealing, and not overly cluttered. The music will be threaded together on a maze of lines, taking the form of colourful circles, which will light up as they are played. The background is subtle, and overall, I feel that the graphics are reasonable.

Sound: The audio is possibly Circuit's best selling feature, in my opinion. While some sounds are not entirely appealing, most are incredibly easy to listen to. It is easy on the ears, and progresses in difficulty throughout the players gaming experience. There isn't a lot left to critique.

Replay Value: I'd be willing to play Circuits again, I'm kind of a sucker for puzzle games, so I tend to play a puzzle per week, or so.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Very well-designed, minimalistic and, as stated in a description, extemely rewarding.
In general, making epic songs from small parts and seing them work as intended and with precise rhythm makes you get an "Eargasm" (just like the name of one achievement in Circuits).
Just put on your headphones, relax, listen to music and ♥♥♥ from your ears)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: this game has nothing to do with electronics, wiring, or circuitry-- it's a music game! Who knew?

Actually, it's a *fantastic* little indie music game great for any musician, person with musical talent, or even anybody who just wants to improve his/her musical ear. The "circuits" are just the visual manifestation of how the music plays out-- pay no heed-- it will make sense once you try the game.

Basically, you listen to some synth music, and with your ear (assisted by optional in-game hints), figure out which chords go where in the progression; which sections are looped (and how much), what the beat patterns are (and how they are repeated). I don't consider myself a huge fan of techno/synth/trance (some of it I like), but I found all of the music pleasant to listen to.

There are 25 levels-- whether it's a long game or a short game is completely based on how you are able to figure out the levels. For achievement-hunters, if you have a great ear (or don't mind using some in-game or Steam Guide hints), you can 100% it with relative ease...there's nothing unreasonable.

I bought it "on sale" for $1.19, but it's only $3...less than a coffee-- and it has trading cards you can sell or use. Give it a try and support these indie devs. I'm just hoping for a Circuits 2!

[Edit: One more thing: if you like the music, the soundtrack is available as MP3s in your game folder, which is something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Circuits\OST.]
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Puzzle for the audio lovers.
You play a sample song, then recreate it, using samples, as puzzle piece.
Yes, simple and straightforward.

You'll need to have a good ears and good musical sense tho.
But hey, this game is fun even if you didn't!
Just put on your headphones, and listen, and solve the puzzle.

9/10 great sound and music.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Recommended *at sale price*.

Pretty cool. It's definately worth it for the sale price and if you like ambient music and ear training exercises. Also good as a calming game in the evening.

What would send this game from "neat" to "awesome" would be a 'level editor' where you could make your own sound bites from the samples you unlock in the game. However, I am not sure where this would fall in regards to copyrights.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Circuits in it's basic form is a puzzle game, put the correct piece in the correct spot and see if everything looks right. However, what it does differently is every piece of the puzzle is a short piece of music, which you need to put into the correct position to recreate the whole score for the level. You might think this is quite simplistic, but if you are not a very musically driven person like me, it may be somewhat difficult to differ which piece goes where, due to some of them sounding very similar. The game slowly introduces different mechanics like layers, looping and switches, which increases the difficulty if you don't listen carefully.
All in all this simplistic game is a very cheap gem on the steam store that forces you to listen to be able to solve the puzzle instead of staring and observing like many other games but can still be quite challenging and time consuming, although time is not wasted when you finally get to hear the masterpiece you put together.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
if you dont have this game i highly recommend getting it, it is one of the most relaxing games i could ever play, woth fantastic music that YOU create, the whole point of the game is to solve the puzzle by arranging the music in the correct sequence
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The music is nice, but the entire game revolves around placing sounds in the right place. Monotonous and quickly gets boring, I advise against buying.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
In playing this for the time I have, I would not recommend this game. The concept is cool, but if you boil it down, it's just a "Memory" game with music. The gameplay gets a bit boring after the first few levels. It is not a game worth playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Very nice and beutiful game.
Best for relax and chill time.
Even if you don't have any music skills this won't be hard for you to play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Circuits is indeed an outstanding game aiming all ages. I first heard of this from friends on the timeline while I was not sure if such type of game could be so popular among the large base of users on the Steam. But I've changed my idea since it gets really high score from multiple players. I love playing music-related games.

From what I've been with this, this game brings you the almost perfect experience of the ears and mind. Although the music of each level is a bit short, you still can be a creative person while listening to the loops and then try to imagine what's gonna be played through the headphone. Somehow you will find yourself immersing in the music around, unlike other people saying, I think people don't need to be a bachelor of music degree(funny, right?), don't even need to master the basic theory, just stay tuned and listen to all loops intently, every small distinction you find will excite yourself as a reward.

Combining kaleidoscopic spots with electronic loops that not only touches but also impresses players, this game has become the most exhilarating one I've had in my list. I just wanna say that if the producer releases the full soundtrack, I will definitely go for it.

Enjoy it! You won't regret.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
A unique puzzle game, almost like an audible jigsaw puzzle. You have various snippets of musical elements, and your task is to reconstruct the full track by inserting the elements in the correct order (and later on, establishing if they loop and how many times they loop, or picking the right subtle variation of a particular element out of maybe four or five options).

It's incredibly challenging, because I don't think I've ever played a game like this. You REALLY have to listen closely in places, and the final two levels are brutal because you lose your ability to strip out the individual "tracks" of the puzzle. But it's a fun experience, there's a great feeling when you play your finished solution and you just know from hearing it that you nailed it.

If I had to complain, it's a tad short (3.1 hours to complete it, not going back for 100% achievements) and there's not good feedback when your solution is incorrect: you listen to it all the way through, it gives the same ending sound and animation whether you got it right or not, and only when the little dialog pops up does it say "you screwed up". Both are forgivable seeing as it's an indie game with a low price point; not saying this to be derogatory, I think it's a fantastic game regardless.

Plus, you get the soundtrack for free with the game, it helps that the puzzle songs have decent variety and are very earwormy (I would love to hear extended versions of the last song and the song that actually has lyrics in it, I forget the title/track number of the second song). And with Steam Workshop features coming, I think it will be pretty cool to see what kinds of new puzzles the community comes up with.

In closing (i.e. - TL;DR), if you like unique, challenging puzzle games and/or have a soft spot for music, get this game. I dare say you won't be disappointed. I would love to see a sequel or some additional puzzles available as *gulp* DLC.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
At first glance Circuits looks like a nicely designed music puzzle game, but when you hear it... time stops. Its soundtrack is absolutely magnificent and often feels too good for such a simple gameplay mechanic. As a result the game overachieves in what it does, and completing each puzzle couldn't feel any more engaging. It may require having an ear for music to fully appreciate it, as the puzzles become too subtle closer to the end, but whether you have it or not, Circuits will make you forget about the time, leave you wishing for more and inspire your creativity.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
I simply can't recommend this game after playing it for the time that I did. If you want it for the music then yea ok this might work for you, but if you are thinking of buying this because it's a "challenging puzzle game" don't waste your money.
Let me start by saying that the only thing about it that is to do with circuits is the earth symbol at the end of the line. Poor choice of title really, should of gone with something a bit more music orientated. But a poor choice of title is not worth giving a bad review, no.
The fact that it boasts "challenging puzzle" makes me laugh. The first 23 levels I completed in the time played were simplistic and easy. You listen to a music strand and match it with the one that sounds the same, thats all it is. Count the repeats and set it to that many... not very puzzling (puzzled = "unable to understand"). The only challenge was trying to decipher the 1 decibel (it's an exaggeration before you start screaming at me) between the multiple choice music strands, which I will admit was challenging but again easy to get around.
Now the music was ok, the mojority of it i liked however there were bits were I felt like my ears were bleeding and the vocals were crap. I really don't think there should of been any vocals at all.
The last 2 levels I didn't complete because their idea of making something more of a challenge or harder is to take out the main game mechanic. Let me explain, in game you have a sytem to choose which type of strand to listen to so you don't get then all mixed together when trying to decipher which one goes where. This gets taken out the game on the last 2 levels so you have to listen to the 3 different types of strands plus the background music and try and make out which one of all these 20 different music strands that sound very similar is the right one to go in that slot. It's a terrible shortcut to making the game harder without much effort.
All in all I really don't think anyone should buy this game, short, easy and borring it's not much fun. Luckily I only paid 69p for it and I don't think it was worth that. Hope this review helps your dicision and have a nice day.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Honestly, I got this game for my wife to try to get her into playing more respectable games other than PackRat on Facebook. Plus, she's musical and used to like puzzle games. Well, she didn't like Circuits because, being a stay-at-home mom means she likes quiet which means when she does play games, it's with the sound off. So that kind of puts the kibosh on this game.

I tried it out myself and I am sorry, but the game is boring and tedious. It probably does not help that I am tone deaf. I think there are good production values to this game, but I just can't get into it.

I feel like the name of the game is misleading since it makes you think electronics or something, but really it's a musical puzzle game where you have to put snippets of sound in the correct order to make the song play correctly.

I got this game for 74 cents, but still can't recommend it and I am probably not going to go back to playing it anymore.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
It's an interesting little game offering relaxing tunes with a modern edge and clever puzzle mechanics that won't likely stress you out as you're literally building the track structures from the ground up. As a composer, I found out this game to be a source of inspiration, whether I listened to a near-orchestral masterpiece or an electronic symphony, chances are you'll also be hooked to those melodies.

It's a well made puzzle game, definitely worth your bucks and a nice addition to music-related games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Circuits is a puzzle game in which you have to recreate a short piece of electonic music by putting clips in the right order. Even though the levels are not that challenging, the nice but simple graphical interface and the great audio let me enjoy every second of it. I can absolutely recommend this game to anyone who loves music!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
This is a really awesome music game that really tests your ability to listen and hone in on key notes as you place them in the correct spot. As a musician myself, I find this game really amazing and creative. Can't wait for the further updates the developers said they will add. Well worth the $ I spent on this game.
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