Elegant and minimal, Duet asks players simply to navigate two orbiting spheres past an increasingly complex maze of falling obstacles. As the difficulty increases, the tension mounts, and a peculiar narrative unfolds.
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Very Positive (26 reviews) - 96% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (357 reviews) - 94% of the 357 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 3, 2015

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March 7

Duet now available on SteamOS, Mac and Linux!

Duet has been officially launched for Mac, Linuix and SteamOS. It is available for all current and future owners of Duet!

And of course, progress is synced between platforms using Steam Cloud!

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March 2

Duet update for Mar 3, 2016

Fixes the following issues:

  • Crash on startup for some graphics cards.
  • Both daily and nightly challenges will count towards the Centurion achievement.

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Reviews

“I’ve been more frustrated by Duet than by any other game this year; on the flip side, few other games are as fun when you succeed. The game has a clever premise: instead of controlling one character, you control two—little dots that are linked together, occupying opposite spots on a single circle. Move a character right, and the other moves left.”
The New Yorker

“Duet is a game of few parts, but each one of those parts fits perfectly with the rest. It feels as designed as a raindrop, and just as perfect.”
Polygon

“Duet does what the best video games do. It introduces an abstract idea, a fabricated set of simple systems, then it gives you a set of meaningless obstacles to overcome using those systems. But somewhere — in-between those two ideas — a weird magic trick. I am finding it very difficult to stop playing Duet because playing Duet feels really, really good.”
Kotaku Australia

About This Game

Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels - they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game -- that is Duet.

Gameplay


With air tight controls and gameplay tuned to perfection, Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction. Turn left and right to twist your vessels and avoid everything in your path. Remember: even that which begins simple can end complex.

Nine Story Chapters


Experience nine chapters of deceptive narrative and nerve-twisting gameplay. Replay any stage to perfect your movements and unlock over 50 achievements. This is a game that will test you.

Eight Epilogue Chapters


Explore a whole new narrative with all-new game mechanics in the Epilogue. Including over 40 stages, narrative and remix tracks, You will need a new state of mind to complete this experience.

Challenges, Encore, and more!


Still can’t get enough Duet?

  • Discover even more mind-bending challenges with the Encore Chapters.
  • Compete on the leaderboards in the Endless Mode, Epliogue Endless Mode and Encore Endless Mode.
  • Hone your reflexes with the Speed Run Mode.

Hypnotic Audio


An outstanding handcrafted soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel. Eighteen unique and mesmerizingly beautiful compositions ensure an immersive experience for you at every step of your journey, complemented by full in-game vocal narration by Jojo Petrina.

About Kumobius


Selected for the Indie Showcase at PAX Aus and a finalist in both Game Design and Audio for the Freeplay Festival. This is another award-winning title from the team behind Time Surfer & Bean’s Quest. We call Duet a “Hex-like” in honour of Terry Cavanagh’s contribution to the medium of games and exploration of genres.

About Tim Shiel


Tim Shiel is a composer/producer based in Melbourne. Tim is known to some as Faux Pas, the moniker under which he released a steady stream of constantly shifting electronic music for many years. He is also known for his work as a broadcaster at Melbourne independent radio station 3RRR FM, and for his recent role as multi-instrumentalist in Gotye's live band.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS X 10.11 "El Capitan"
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Linux Required
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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Takatera Sana
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
my brain and heart said to stop playing this game but my hands said hell no
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AngelEyes
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A marvellous fusion of chilled house music (that's EDM if you're American) and elegant puzzle mechanics.
A good game to wind down with.
The only thing missing is a create-your-own tool to challenge others with...
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BoobsToGo
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
This is a gem. This game has smooth controls, hynotic gameplay and a tonne of content. Should be in every gamers library, Ten outta ten.
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Gyrosaurus
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
My head is still spinning.
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Leonhard Euler
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
A nice superhexagon-esque game with unexpectedly-chillout music.
(This differs from Super Hexagon in that most of the modes use pre-defined patterns, letting you memorize your butt through the levels.)
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Sarkoth
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Calming and difficult at the same time. A superb rhythm game.
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Sludgemonster Von Crapenstein
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Smooth gameplay -- pretty addictive
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actionorb
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
WOW! I never expected to have so much fun with such a simple game! Great game, I love it! It's challenging, it's rewarding, soundtrack is good, concept is new an interesting.
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@The1AndMany
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I got this game a few years ago as part of a Humble Mobile Bundle. Now that I've picked it back up on PC, I can say that I enjoy the additions. As for the game as a whole, it was impressive back then, and it's still impressive now.

In this game you pilot two circles that travel around a ring avoiding boxes that fly down at them. It's kinda hard to describe how it handles, but it's still easy to wrap your head around. The "story mode", if you want to call it that, is based around the stages of grief, starting with Ignorance and working your way to Acceptance, with a new challenge thrown in at every stage. The story itself is told only through the level titles (named after the stages of grief) and a narration that follows you through each stage. It can elicit some feels when it all comes together at the end, but the story isn't that important. What really makes or breaks this game is the gameplay, and after beating the story, the epilogue, and the encore, I can say it's very solid.

If you've played Duet before, you'll probably get back in the saddle pretty quickly. What's new to me is the achievements and the encore stages. My only gripe is the achievements that require you to do the daily challenges a lot. I'm okay with the "not dying" achievements, even if they're a lot harder. It's just one of those challenges to hone your skills and push yourself, which is really the best use of achievements aside from suggesting alternate ways to play.

Also, the soundtrack is like audio syrup. If a difficult game (like this one) has a sweet soundtrack, that soundtrack can be the thing that keeps you from rage-quitting. Luckily, it's free on Bandcamp, so go get it, even if you don't want this game. You'll thank me later.

I recommend trying the demo first. Using that to wrap your head around the movement mechanics will help you decide whether to buy it or not. The ultimate factors deciding whether you'll like the full game are whether you can figure out the mechanics and how easily you can give up in the face of a difficult challenge, both of which you'll figure out by the end of the demo. It's not Super Meat Boy difficult, but it does have teeth. Patience, hand-eye coordination, and a little determination are all you need to have fun with this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is a gem. This game has smooth controls, hynotic gameplay and a tonne of content. Should be in every gamers library, Ten outta ten.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
This game.. Just...

its.. just...

damn...

as a minimal Lover, this game is flowy like flow & zeo
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
iT HAS A VERY PLEASURABLE SOUNDTRACK, NICE MINIMALISTIC VISUALS AND iM ♥♥♥♥ING ANGRY NOW, BUT i WILL TRY IT LATER AGAIN. Sry, caps... So:

Nice idea, good game. I suggest you to finish a fighter-pilot and an anger management training first. Then you will have the chance... to not smash your controller into your screen after 5 minutes.

This game will make you affably mad.

Bonus: Free OST.

The game stores the soundtrack in .ogg format ( ...\Steam\steamapps\common\Duet\Media\Music\ ), therefore we can enjoy the great music in itself as well.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
I have played it on mobile.. and enjoyed it.
I play it on Steam.. and I love and hate it at the same time.
Its so hard.. like Dark Souls... but in mini edition.. and with 2 little spheres..
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
"Difficult"and "Rogue" should be added to the game's tags.

Duet only requires you to move left and right to progress, but as you can see it's a hell of a lot easier said than done.

This game has a soothing soundtrack, but it may actually dull your reaction time if you attempt play this while relaxing. I wouldn't recommend you try to play this at the end of your day. You'll go to bed taking a purple jab.

The replay value is up there-you can get "Perfection" on each level, which is achieved by not dying at all. There are also challenges that you can complete that challenge you to best your previous completion time.

Take into mind the quote by Albert Einstein that the narrator reiterrates, "Repeating the same action but expecting new results is a sign of madness."
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game treads the line between puzzle and reflex-based gameplay. The gameplay is entirely skill, so any time you get sent back to the beginning of the level, it's on you. The difficulty ramps up a little bit slowly for my liking, but once you beat Story mode, you have the freedom to play some really tough levels. On the subject of Story mode, it may look a little short the first time you fire up the game. Make no mistake - it is, but that's not what you're here for. All of Story mode is essentially a tutorial for the Epilogue, Challenge mode, Encore mode, and speedrun mode.

As a speedrunner, I feel it necessary to comment a bit more on this game's speedrun mode. In this game, speedrun mode takes you through your choice of Story, Epilogue, or Encore, and you set the pace. You get to adjust what speed you play the game at on the fly. This means you can crank it up to 200% and blast through levels you're comfortable with, and perhaps even drop it down to 100% on levels you'd rather just get out of the way. The timer keeps going if you have to restart a level, after all. I'd like to believe this means no two speedruns will look the same, but I can't say for sure.

The art isn't flashy or mind-blowing, but it is absolutely fitting for what the game is. The music, on the other hand, is excellent in my opinion. It's definitely fitting, and while it's not crazy enough to be distracting, it's still good enough that I'd enjoy listening to it while not playing the game. In fact, getting to hear the next chapter's music felt like as much of a reward as actually getting good enough to beat each chapter.

Overall, I'd recommend this game, especially at a discount. As a side note, if you've played and enjoyed the game 140, I think you'd really enjoy Duet. If you enjoy Duet, you'd probably like 140 too.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
A marvellous and inspiring little game with a minimalistic feel and Amazing atmospheric music, i finished the main story (incl. most of the epilogue) in one sitting, the game is very very FUN to play and you want to keep playing and trying to make it even more when you fail. One of the main things i loved was the psychological concept of the game and the voice that reveals its thoughts on every stage, sections of the game are built around the idea of the stages of grief and tying these concepts with the gameplay and also making you wonder about them based on your reaction in game and in real life too. Overall awesome title, im glad it was finally released on Steam.

For anyone willing to try a super fun puzzle game that has great ambient music and a great sense of depth --- this is the game you MUST play
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Failed 100 times on a single level.
10/10 will fail again.

Its awesome for time pass but be prepared to rip your hair out.
It might look like its a really easy and simple game but make no mistake as the difficulty rises you'll be hard pressed for perfect timing. Everytime you fail, you know that its because of your bad reflexes and not the because of a broken game.

Controls are minimalist, just 2 buttons for left and right and thats it.
Soundtrack that comes with it are really nice as well. Overall very good game, money well spend.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Clean-cut, minimalistic gameplay. Hard, but simple. It's a really addicting flawless port.
Dahmn.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
You want to simple , minimal game ?

You want a challenge game ?

You want to get frustrated but at the same time you are so addicted that you have to try again ?

You want a game with nice background music and computer-ish voice actor ?

You want an easy game you can finish in 2 hours, and a crazy hard mod that has no end in it ?

You want achievements that you actually had to work hard for it ?

for 4.99$ you can get all of that, buy Duet NOW for endless fun and frustration that will make you head BLOWS!



Valve should Hire me for that :D:
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