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 (67 reviews) - 91% of the 67 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (301 reviews) - 94% of the 301 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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Drayuu
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This is just perfect.
Want to chill? Want to break a record? This is the game for you.

Be patient though.

Story mode, challenge mode, speedrun mode and more. Idea is simple, don't touch anything.
It's very addictive, you want to succeed! So you continue and you feel so happy when you complete the challenge!

Music is amazing too!

Totally worth the 5.-

Too bad the soundtrack is more expensive than the game to buy. That's a real shame! It really should have been included as mp3 file within the game.
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Vino [Olive Garden]
Posted: May 1
A simple dodging game that's equal parts pattern recognition (there's typically only one Correct way to dodge the obstacles flying at you) mixed with the challenge of getting the balls to move where you actually want them to go. Controls in a game this unforgiving need to feel a lot tighter than they do on a gamepad.
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Biggybi Punk Canard
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
She is a liar. For I love when she hurts me.
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Alisae
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
10/10
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Deleran
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This game is stupidly hard, and it makes me motion sick if I play it for more than hour at a time. But I still love it.
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SkunkZi
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This game is the devil. It's harder than Bopit, it's harder than "The Worlds Hardest Game" flash game, it's harder than college. How much harder does it need to be?
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Mjet Multi
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
A little game, that is something different with a nice soundtrack.
But if you get into the playstyle it is funny and challenging.
The game mechanic is pretty simple: you control 2 dots rotating on a circle and must avoid different kinds of obstacles.
The two daily challenges (one is easier than the other) are good and sometimes hard to beat even if you played the game for a while.
If you are not sure about buying it for full price, wait until the game is in a sale (in my opinion it is worth it).
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Sly Silver
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Difficult. Can be excruciatingly difficult at times. But clever and extremely fun.
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( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This game is amazing.

I aquired this game through the Humble Indie Bundle 16 and wasn't expectign much, as I knew that it was a port of an iOS game.

I was suprised at the tone of this game, each chapter named after a stage of greif, and a narrator talking about the importance of life.

Another strong point is the game's beautiful soundtrack. The constant beat helps you the game's timing while catchy melodies enrich the song even more.

In the game you will fail a lot but somehow you will never get frustrated with it, another great thing about thus game.

Overall I strongly recommend you get this game as it s £3.99 that you will not regret.
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Winged Adventurer
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
+ Great soundtrack, visuals and ambient.
+ Unique and fun gameplay.
+ Many challenges and game modes.
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Ninj0r
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
The game is a frustrating, perfectionist, puzzle game.

It has no sense of flow or groove, like other games in the genre. One mistake and you're jarringly whipped back to the beginning of the level and forced to replay it while looking at paint splatters of where you died to remind you how much you suck.

It's not a music/rhythm as the soundtrack, which is actually very good, has nothing to do with the puzzle unfolding before you or story. Each level has a random quote that is supposed to make a "story", but it's completely incoherent and sounds like they just pushed a random button on a Dr. Phil sound board to generate each one.

Each chapter adds some new gimmick "mechanic": invisible blocks, moving blocks, spinning blocks, blocks coming in at a 45-degree angle, etc. None of the new mechanics feel integrated with the music, story, or have any logical sense of progression.

The fact that there is an achievement for watching the credits succintly sums up the "not recommended" rating. If I didn't get this game as part of a Humble Bundle, I would have returned it.

Note: I didn't suffer from the motion sickness that other negative reviews have commented on.
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gamefr333ak
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
This game is so intentionally off tempo it makes me want to self-harm
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MrScarf
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
I played just for couple hours but I think I found(and altered a bit) the best fitting movie dialogue explaining what Duet is.

Morpheus: The Duet is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Dynamic background, easy-going soundtrack, simplicity of gameplay. The very things developers are trying to save. But until we're done, these things are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these levels are not ready to be finished. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
[Neo's eyes suddenly wander towards a rectangular shape]
Morpheus: Were you listening to me, Neo? Or were you looking at the rectangular shape?
Neo: I was...
Morpheus: [gestures with one hand] Look again.
[rectangular shape is now Tile Smith, smashing Neo's vessel; Neo's astouned]
Morpheus: Freeze it.
[Everybody and everything besides Neo and Morpheus freezes in time]
Neo: This... this isn't the Duet?
Morpheus: No. It is another tutorial designed to teach you one thing: if you are not one of us, you are one of them.
Neo: What are they?
Morpheus: Sentinel programs. They can move in an out of any software still hardwired to their system. That means that anyone we haven't unplugged is potentially a Tile. Inside the Duet they are everyone and they are no-one. We've survived by hiding from them, by running from them. But they are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors. they are holding all the keys which means that sooner or later someone is going to have to fight them.
Neo: Someone?
Morpheus: I won't lie to you, Neo. Every single man or woman who withstood their ground, everyone who has fought a Tile has died, but where they have failed you will succeed
Neo: Why?
Morpheus: I've seen a Tile punching through a concrete wall, men have emptied entire clips at them and hit nothing but air. Yet their strength and their speed are still based in a world that is built on rules. Because of that they will never be as strong or as fast as you can be.
Neo: What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?
Morpheus: No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.

Best Neo simulation ever.
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Titan of Immdreihimm
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
quite decent, though perhaps not for me
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Just a Spoder
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
This game is so calming. The soundtrack is great, the gameplay while not new is still really tight. It throws new stuff at you pretty much throughout the whole experience. While the main bulk of the "story" isn' that long, it has plenty to do after the fact to justify the price. I'd really recommend this to anyone who want a game to help them calm down after some stress. Just you know don't be afraid of dying in the later parts as it can get kinda hectic.

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cryan branston
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
an excellent game. weirdly philosophical.
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Desolater IV
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
A Minimalistic Arcade Game
https://youtu.be/BaiQPH-FOZ8
+ Phenomenally relaxing soundtrack comprised of some amazing electronic beats
+ Gameplay is extremely simple but extremely difficult to master
+ Lots of content, plenty of stages, multiple game modes, unlockable modes, etc.
+ Each level is unique, and provide a great variety of challenging obstacles
+ A combination of relaxing, rewarding, and sometimes a tad frustrating
+ Very trippy backgrounds that lull you into a trance
+ Somewhat inspirational dialogue that accompanies each level, that's very soothing and intriguing

- The game can be a bit difficult at first, and can be very frustrating. If you don't like challenging games, I would not recommend this to you as you may get stuck early on.
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Entropy
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
I've never been so captivated and yet so frustrated by a simple game. Sometimes you'll feel the urge to plant your fist through the monitor, but completing a level is immensely rewarding.The music adds an entire dimension to the gameplay. If you can play this on the big screen with a controller, I'd highly recommend it.
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MistaCheez
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Pretty fun. Turn off the music unless you're really good at the game, it gets repetitive super fast.
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Velu!n
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
The game has a pleasant and unobtrusive, minimalist graphics quiet background music. Even after numerous losses and attempts you will have no desire to remove it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: May 1
A simple dodging game that's equal parts pattern recognition (there's typically only one Correct way to dodge the obstacles flying at you) mixed with the challenge of getting the balls to move where you actually want them to go. Controls in a game this unforgiving need to feel a lot tighter than they do on a gamepad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This game is so calming. The soundtrack is great, the gameplay while not new is still really tight. It throws new stuff at you pretty much throughout the whole experience. While the main bulk of the "story" isn' that long, it has plenty to do after the fact to justify the price. I'd really recommend this to anyone who want a game to help them calm down after some stress. Just you know don't be afraid of dying in the later parts as it can get kinda hectic.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
A little game, that is something different with a nice soundtrack.
But if you get into the playstyle it is funny and challenging.
The game mechanic is pretty simple: you control 2 dots rotating on a circle and must avoid different kinds of obstacles.
The two daily challenges (one is easier than the other) are good and sometimes hard to beat even if you played the game for a while.
If you are not sure about buying it for full price, wait until the game is in a sale (in my opinion it is worth it).
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
A Minimalistic Arcade Game
https://youtu.be/BaiQPH-FOZ8
+ Phenomenally relaxing soundtrack comprised of some amazing electronic beats
+ Gameplay is extremely simple but extremely difficult to master
+ Lots of content, plenty of stages, multiple game modes, unlockable modes, etc.
+ Each level is unique, and provide a great variety of challenging obstacles
+ A combination of relaxing, rewarding, and sometimes a tad frustrating
+ Very trippy backgrounds that lull you into a trance
+ Somewhat inspirational dialogue that accompanies each level, that's very soothing and intriguing

- The game can be a bit difficult at first, and can be very frustrating. If you don't like challenging games, I would not recommend this to you as you may get stuck early on.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Duet is a minimalist game that will test your reflexes. You may think it'll be a peaceful experience with the given name but... it's hard.

You control a ring with adherent blue and red balls and you have to dodge obstacles. That may not sound hard, but you can't control the balls, all you can do is rotating (of the ring). Not all obstacles are just static blocks, but they can also rotate, move, or be invisible for few seconds.

The game has a pretty good feel with the atmosphere built of minimalistic design and trance music. You just have to take a patient step towards the levels full of possible anger. Anyway, it's good to mention the developers, with the difficulty in mind, made levels shorter. Expect levels usually shorter than 30 seconds, so losing near the finish line is not so much stressful (not like in Geometry Dash).

Duet, with consider for the lower price, is a nice game with overall polished design that's worth recommending to anybody who want a challenge. Great mobile port!


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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Do you have perfect hand-eye-coordination?
Did getting through Meat Boy's hell levels bore you?
Did you get all achievements in One Finger Death Punch while watching Game of Thrones - with a broken controller?
Did you beat Why So Evil's normal mode thinking it was the practice tuturial - in a plane over the Middle East (singlehandedly defeating the current and next terrorist group all at once)?
Then you may just make it through Duet's story mode...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Got this unexpected from humble bundle like so many others, didn't even know this game existed before...but what a pleasant surprise, really. Haven't got so involved with a game like this probably since Geometry Dash (android).

+love the narrative (both the actual text and the way it's voiced), reminds me a bit of Thomas Was Alone
+hard but rewarding
+more and more clever ways of challenging your reflexes every level
+much more content than you'd think at first (story modes and challenges)
+daily and nightly challenges
+music is nice overall
-music can get really repetitive in some levels if you fail again and again (and you probably will) because some tracks aren't really long enough to handle the amount of retries required, minor issue anyway
-visual effects will bother some people and maybe cause motion sickness (you can disable them in settings though)

I'd like to 100% it but I doubt I'll be able to, some levels are really hard and 100% requires going through every chapter flawlessly.

To sum this up, if I had known about this game before the bundle I would have gotten it too, it's well worth it IMO.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Duet is a game that embraces simplicity, and with it's simple mechanics you get a really hard game. The music goes perfect with the style of the game and the narrator is awesome. I love when narrator are like the ones in this game, that talk directly to you and you can't trust, like GLaDOS in Portal.

Grab this game and play it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Everyone is saying how difficult this game is, but I started enjoying it a lot more when I realized it should be renamed Paintball Splatter Simulator. It takes dozens of trials on each level, but I make works of art.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Actually a really fun indie game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Move your balls around and don't get them crushed!

Very addicting game that can get frustratingly difficult. Great sound track but is limited so it gets old. The narritive gave the game a nice touch. There are daily challenges, normal and difficult. I've only gotten through about 10 each so far and they have repeated some levels.

It's a great game and woth your time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Easily one of the most enjoyable and satisfying games I've played in a long time. The soundtrack is stunning. The gameplay is so tight and whilst difficult, never feels unfair. I had high expectations from Kumobius after playing Bean Dreams, one of my favourite iOS games of all time, but Duet blew these out of the water. Definitely worth buying at full price, the developers deserve every penny for this gem.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
I first played this game on Android, and finished it. The concept, the music and pretty much everything around this game is pretty darn amazing. It's challenging, but not rage-inducing, it's pretty, yet simplistic and surprisingle a life lesson taught throughout the game.

Great game, great price.
9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I usually avoid games with the "difficult" tag, but the challenge of this game is exactly where it should be. This is the type of game you will see in your mind's eye before you fall asleep at night. A combination of pattern recognition, timing, and intuition are all necessary to be successful.

+Nice audio
+Pleasant atmosphere
+Enjoyable "splat" when you hit a block
+Excellent controls, if you hit something you know it was your fault
+Replayability

~Addictive, the levels just keep going and it is hard to stop!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Duet is a reflex arcade-style game based around a simple premise – you are two glowing spheres of ink on a circle, and you must avoid hitting any walls as you move through a level. If you hit anything, with either orb, you must start the level over – and leave a spatter of colored ink behind on the obstacle you struck.

It seems very simple. And it is.

It isn’t easy though; in fact, the difficulty rather quickly ramps up, and by the end, you’re dodging vanishing, moving walls and navigating through narrow gaps almost automatically. And still dying a lot.

The game is very much about flow – that is to say, the sensation of getting drawn up into the action of the game to the point where the game feels like an extension of you, and everything becomes focused on the game.

And the game is very good at invoking this sensation.

After beating the main set of stages, the game offers a variety of optional modes – including a daily challenge, as well as an infinite arcade mode and a number of additional sets of levels to further challenge the player’s ability.

The main set of levels takes maybe four hours to beat, but you can spend much longer with this game if you choose to complete all the unlockable levels as well.

All in all, the game is quite good at what it is, but it isn’t the most ambitious thing in the world; it is a very simple game, though somewhat more complex than games like Super Hexagon. Still, it does what it is trying to do.

EDIT: Note that some of the optional levels are kind of a drag. In particular, resilience is a great example of what NOT to do: make an extraordinarily long level with no checkpoints which must be done in a single sitting. However, many of the other optional levels add new mechanics on top of the original ones, which adds to the interestingness of the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
It's like superhexagon, without spacebar. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Duet is a refreshing indie that's minimalistic in both graphics and gameplay.
Well rounded in all aspects, Duet makes you feel frustrated, relaxed, and pleased all at the same time. Tight controls, with fair and clever thought out stage design make each chapter a satisfying treat to complete. As of writing this review, I still have several post-story chapters to complete, yet from my experience thus far I can safely say the game has impressed me from the level of enjoyment I have received from a game that only requires the use of two buttons.

Also worth noting, whilst simplistic the graphics are pleasing and has a fitting soundtrack to go with it. If you're wanting something different then this might be for you, I'd definitely recommend it if you have the patience.
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