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”
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
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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Creepercaptain
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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Ftor
66.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
I like this game
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SinGem
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
So when I first was browsing steam to find somthing new
to play, I came across this. Me being a heavy rhythm gamer,
I decided to pay the small amount and try this game out.

When I first played this game I was having fun. Learning
the basic's along with the in's and out's of the mechanics
it was very intriguing. I did come to a bit of road blocks
in a couple of the mid levels, but that is to be expected
as a difficulty increase.

I am not entirely sure weather it was the levels getting
easyer or I just got very good at the game but it seemed
to get repetitive and easy.

Pros
- The music is encapsulating at the start
- Interface is simple and understandable
- Its fun putting together music

Cons
- Some of the sound bubble graphics were different tones of glow and were even off centered
- Game & Music felt repetitive

All in all, I had fun with this game and was able to
get some nice sounds out of it from the start. But
playing further I started to loose intereset from
hearing simaler sounds.

Other than that, this game is good and fun if you
want to guess notes and listen to music you
assemebled. It only has has about 1 to 2 hours
of playtime but hey, I enjoyed most of
it.

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JimDeadlock
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
Overview

You're presented with a tune which has been chopped up into parts. You place the sections in the right order to reconstruct it. The challenge comes from having multiple instruments playing simultaneously so you can either use the layer tool to separate the strands, or try to do it without separation for the Golden Ear achievement.

Difficulty

Two advanced mechanics are introduced: looping, where you repeat single parts or whole sections; switching, where you have to select between a number of set paths - I found this tricky and I admit to using trial and error on a couple of occasions.

I have no musical training but I think I have a good ear. I didn't find any of it too difficult but it was a comfortable mental workout; the Golden Ear playthrough became quite hard towards the end. I didn't feel tempted to give in and google solutions at any point, which is always my acid test with puzzle games.

Graphics

Clean visuals; good use of colours to separate the instrument classes; nice logical layout.

Music

It's all synthesized crap with not a sniff of any guitar. It may be all the rage with the kids these days but it's not my cup of tea at all - the auto-tuned vocal parts in particular made me want to vomit. All I can say is thank God for the fast-forward option.

Value

25 levels in normal mode and then you can replay for the Golden Ear.

There is also a Composer tool which is integrated with Steam Workshop. There are 400+ projects so plenty of extra content to be had. I was not able to load any of it but the discussion threads are busy so I suspect this is due to me being on Linux.

I would say the full price is about right but I think it will regularly be on sale due to the upcoming Circuits 2 so it might be worth waiting for a price drop.

Steam

5 trading cards (so an easy badge) and 15 achievements, quite respectable.

Verdict

As a puzzle game I recommend it. As a musical experience, not so much, but that's a matter of personal taste.
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eRogue
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
Mix and match music puzzle pieces. Simply boring. I can't play this for more than two minutes before feeling brain dead.
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Narajana
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
I think besides Musaic Box, this one (with the exception of electronic music concept) is the 2nd game that implement this mechanics -which are listening to individual parts of a song, then place them in the right order, in a circuit mdel. Not easy as it sounds.

The game looks like it's for people with music background only, but if you wanna develop a good ear in a fun way you can start with this game, too! It contains many sounds, both in rhytmic nature, and melody / harmony in virtual instrument sounds alike (also some short vocal parts).

Even though I *had* musical training, as a returning musician, i find the game a bit challenging even for an old musician (guitar, piano). But don't make this be an obstacle for you if you like electronic music, and have a wish to start developing an ear in a fun puzzle game.

Pros:

- Tracks (that are *mini* songs) are soft and mellow (mostly), and sometimes, some parts have harsh sounds.
- Genre is electronic music (mostly like vocal trance, and standard trance) if you're into it
- Puzzle part is very challenging, with help buttons for the puzzled (eheh)
- A built-in Composer which will be a great/cheap starter tool for players who want to start composing electronic music

Cons:

These cons are mostly for the trained musicians who wants more from the game;

- It could be an any intuitive mechanic, instead of only putting sounds in right order --in a different mode maybe,
- It could be DLCs for full songs (like 3-5 minutes Trance/EDM/Ambient/Disco/Etc sub-genres
- It could be another genres, such as classical music, or rock

Shortly, minimalist approach to this game is waste of great potential.

Other than these, i can't see how this game shouldn't be recommended!
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archcorenth
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 3
Maybe I don't really get it. You listen to little snippets of music from the completed song and compare them to other snippets of music to eventually put them into the correct order. I don't know that it's really a puzzle since either the piece and its template sound correct or it doesn't. There is a vaguely similar music puzzle game on here call musaic box that I think executes the idea a bit better, but neither of them really have it figured out yet.

The music is in here is okay. I don't know the genres of electronic music, but i'd say this is pretty mellow. it's nice for the levels that the songs rarely repeat the same phrase exactly in their duration. I would say you should buy this for the music, but all the songs are just short clips, and I'm not sure whether it comes with soundtrack or not.
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Ace Superman Cat
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 2
好玩
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Mac
12.5 hrs
Posted: July 25
An awesome little game based on reconstructing songs. A true gem, worthy of a purchase.

The real fun comes in the Circuits Composer; Definitly where I spend most of my time!
The ability to create your own songs, with amazing ease if great!

Pros:
- A chill, laidback game that is fun for quite a while.
- The composer!
- Workshop support (Please, make more soundpacks).

Cons:
- The gameplay gets a tiny bit repetitive.
- The loops in the composer are limited... There aren't many of them, and eventually my songs started to sound the same.
- There aren't many sound packs sadly :/
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Nymeria
1.8 hrs
Posted: July 22
I'm tone deaf, I can't play this :(
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Overview

You're presented with a tune which has been chopped up into parts. You place the sections in the right order to reconstruct it. The challenge comes from having multiple instruments playing simultaneously so you can either use the layer tool to separate the strands, or try to do it without separation for the Golden Ear achievement.

Difficulty

Two advanced mechanics are introduced: looping, where you repeat single parts or whole sections; switching, where you have to select between a number of set paths - I found this tricky and I admit to using trial and error on a couple of occasions.

I have no musical training but I think I have a good ear. I didn't find any of it too difficult but it was a comfortable mental workout; the Golden Ear playthrough became quite hard towards the end. I didn't feel tempted to give in and google solutions at any point, which is always my acid test with puzzle games.

Graphics

Clean visuals; good use of colours to separate the instrument classes; nice logical layout.

Music

It's all synthesized crap with not a sniff of any guitar. It may be all the rage with the kids these days but it's not my cup of tea at all - the auto-tuned vocal parts in particular made me want to vomit. All I can say is thank God for the fast-forward option.

Value

25 levels in normal mode and then you can replay for the Golden Ear.

There is also a Composer tool which is integrated with Steam Workshop. There are 400+ projects so plenty of extra content to be had. I was not able to load any of it but the discussion threads are busy so I suspect this is due to me being on Linux.

I would say the full price is about right but I think it will regularly be on sale due to the upcoming Circuits 2 so it might be worth waiting for a price drop.

Steam

5 trading cards (so an easy badge) and 15 achievements, quite respectable.

Verdict

As a puzzle game I recommend it. As a musical experience, not so much, but that's a matter of personal taste.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I like this game
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89 of 103 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Circuits
[9/10]

[Chinese Version]
身為一個學習音樂多年的音樂人和音樂愛好者,這款真可完全說是"我的遊戲"啊XD
拜過去多年的音樂培育環境所賜,我擁有平時沒甚麼用處的絕對音感和良好的節奏感,但玩這款遊戲時就完全變成了一種享受;因為房間裡就擺著一台電子鋼琴在我電腦邊,所以甚至會邊聽邊把旋律複製下來,不少片段都富有原創性和啟發性,讓我自己本身拿手的現代音樂風格又多了一些靈感,是款極富趣味、氣氛輕鬆以及充滿創造力的作品。

這款遊戲的目的在於把聽過的旋律用各種元素重組,以完整重現音樂的片段。基本有弦樂、Bass、打擊樂、鋼琴和人歌聲等,後面的關卡會添加更多元素,例如重複次數和迴圈設定的加入,讓遊戲更有了耐玩度。各關卡音樂本身可以分層聽,把不同的樂器分開對聽覺不那麼敏銳的人會是比較容易的開始,不過我個人還是喜歡不分層聽,感覺比較有挑戰性XD

不只要求記憶性,良好的音高音感、節奏感、音色辨識能力都是能夠在這款音樂遊戲中學習培養到的。就算對音樂沒太多概念也能單純享受好音樂,強烈推薦給也喜歡音樂的朋友,這款前所未見的音樂藝術品絕對能讓你獲益良多。

順帶一提,我玩到目前的關卡幾乎都是不拆解聽一遍就能全部放對,成就感破表,總感覺有點作弊啊XD

Circuits
[9/10]
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87 of 105 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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106 of 143 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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82 of 106 people (77%) 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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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55 of 82 people (67%) 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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