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 (25 reviews) - 92% of the 25 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (383 reviews) - 94% of the 383 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 Vista or Newer
    • 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
Customer reviews
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Actawesome
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game, for me at least, is very hard to describe with words. A sort of visceral experience that combines the abstract with very simple, challenging (and somewhat frustrating, at times) gameplay.

Even though the art assets can be boiled down to circles and rectangles, it looks very pleasing aesthetically and might be one of the most enjoyable game experiences I've had in some time despite how simple it looks.

Very surprised. A+!
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TheBolg
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
One of the best reflex games out there. Well worth it even at regular price. The music is great and goes well with the smooth minimalist aesthetic. For me the difficulty curve was just right, managing to frequently provide slight infuriation that made finally clearing the level all the more satisfying. Between the main story and multiple bonus levels it is great to see how much variety this game conjures from such a simple concept.
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The Mayonnaise
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Gameplay-wise, the transition from a mobile game to a PC game is not entirely smooth. Oddly enough, the use of a keyboard/mouse is not as intuitive as tapping a phone screen with your fingers and the game gets kind of frustrating at times. That being said, the atmospheric value of the game does benefit from the superior graphics and sound the PC offers. As for the game itself, it's fun and challenging and beautifully designed and has a relaxing mind cleansing effect that I think anyone can appreciate and enjoy.
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penguins
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
The main story took about 40 minutes to complete.

The "story" of it being an Australian woman occasionally telling you inspirational quotes like "to scratch your balls is to abandon self-obtained sanity" and that's it. (That is not an actual quote from the game. I guess it's just what I got out of it.)

But browsing the menu you'll discover tons of additional challenges and whatnot.

It's got smooth controls, and fun gameplay. The music was not bad.

Worth the price tag if you're into games of this genre.
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Hoops
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Product received for free
Awesoome game!
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Xenoyaut
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Amazing and well polished game
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ramina
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
I've never been more frustrated in my entire life
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spideygirl1913
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
wow. i love the music and the easy movment, but this is no easy game i havent beat it i am just starting but i love it. I cant wait to get back to the computer just to play duet.
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Pawelo123
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
best game ever
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Amazing and well polished game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Product received for free
Awesoome game!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
46 of 54 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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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
13 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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21 of 23 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 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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17 of 21 people (81%) 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 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
16.3 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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