You know exactly what you need to do — you can see it shimmering right there in front of you. You can see it while dreaming, too, and the difference has become subtle. Dreams wake into dreams, and people blend in and out: real characters and dream characters, all woven into the same script.
Release Date: Mar 19, 2009
About the Game
You know exactly what you need to do — you can see it shimmering right there in front of you. You can see it while dreaming, too, and the difference has become subtle. Dreams wake into dreams, and people blend in and out: real characters and dream characters, all woven into the same script. Finally, they fade completely, and you're alone in the expanse with the construction. With time, you feel something growing, a pinhole that eventually yawns into a deep ravine of longing. The construction languishes, though the expanse seems indifferent.
One night, in a dream, they appear: things that you clearly could not have conjured on your own. Not snowflakes. Not the self-similar forms of leaves. Not distant planets' erosion networks as viewed through telescopes. Not those things that are beautifully external but lack the signatures of consciousness. These things that appear are ugly and non-procedural: indecipherable transmissions bubbling up through static, faded messages floating in bottles, and charcoal handprints on cave walls. Evidence has reached you through time of unknown duration and distance of unknown magnitude, but stale evidence is still evidence.
Somewhere, across whatever barriers stand between, is an other.
Between is a game for two players linked by a network server. You can play with a friend or find a stranger on the server. There is no single-player mode. (If you must play in the same room as your partner, do not look at your partner's screen — it will spoil the effect of the game.)
Between is controlled entirely with the keyboard. Use the UP and DOWN arrow keys to navigate menus, SPACE to select menu items, and ESC or Q to back up in the menus. The game explains the rest of the keyboard controls to you as you play.
- Screen settings:
The game defaults to 640x480 windowed mode. To increase the size of this window, modify the files in the "settings" folder with a text editor (Notepad on Windows, or TextEdit on MacOS X). You can also switch to fullscreen mode by editing "fullscreen.ini" and changing the zero to a one.
All code, music, graphics, fonts, and animation by Jason Rohrer. The pixel art was made with mtPaint and The GIMP. The SDL Library provides cross-platform screen, sound, and user input. MinGW was used to build the game for Windows.
- Special thanks:
To Kyle Pulver, Ian Bogost, Anthony Burch, and Matthew Diamond for help with testing.
- Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP
- Processor: Between runs fine on a 900MHz machine, and should probably run well on even slower machines.
- Video Card: 3-D card of some kind (most computers have this)
- Sound: Speakers or headphones
- Network Connection: Network connection
Placed in the public domain.
3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
48 products in account
0.2 hrs on record
A fun idea, I never got the hang of it, but I see what it was going for. I like this Idea maybe someday it will be implemented better. You should still try this game though you might like the "challenge".
1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1,255 products in account
0.5 hrs on record
I always thought this sounded like an interesting idea...exploring an experimental game with a random stranger. Unfortunately, I've never actually been able to play because either nobody's online or the game can't connect me to anybody. *shrug*
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
541 products in account
Between is beautiful, entertaining and inspiring. It stretches both intellect and emotion, and these elements dovetail beautifully rather than chaffing against each other. Still wondering if games can be art? Here's your answer.