Weave through missiles to generated music, and let the world flow around you.
User reviews: Mixed (319 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 2, 2014
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December 7

Patch 1.1 is live!

Hey all,

I finally got off my butt and finished patch 1.1. Cheers all, and thanks for waiting patiently!

ːBorealisGalaxyː

Change log:

Features:
Added level select
Added pause menu
Added a configuration application for setting resolution and the like (in the game directory)

Fixes:
Player color should change only after the tile mode missiles spawn (I know how much of a pain this was in 1.0)
Fixed high scores (I think)
Minor code optimizations (it should run a bit faster now)
Various minor bug fixes

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September 3

Cards fixed

Just a heads up, Cards should be fixed now. Have fun! ːBorealisGalaxyː

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About This Game

Borealis is a Zen game focused on measured motion and planning, rather than swift action.

The goal is simple: don't get hit. You have no weapons to fight back though. That would be too easy. In fact, you can't even move very fast. Your only way through is to guide the incoming waves into each-other through subtle and careful shifts. Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent, after all. Better to guide your opponent into destroying itself.

The game is composed of many environments, each of which has a unique style and set of missiles, as well as its own sound profile. Each will require a different strategy, and produces more interesting types of missiles as you advance. All of this is done to a procedurally-generated soundtrack that is completely driven by what happens in the game.

Features:

  • Three gameplay modes: Survival, Score run, and Endless
  • Many different moods, which each represent a massive change in gameplay
  • Completely procedurally generated, with incredible replay value
  • Known to induce meditation-like trances in monkeys*
  • *Not actually tested, results may vary.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 1.5ghz i3 or equivilant
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6800 or equivilant
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Audio output recommended
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
To play, you must un-learn everything you once knew about arcade shooters. Use cautious and purposeful movements to redirect your enemies into each-other and make a safe path forward. All of this exists in an infinite universe, which constantly adapts to keep you at the edge of your skill, and generates soothing procedural music from your actions. It's fun!
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48 of 60 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Every element of this game is nothing short of awesome, the soundtrack suits the game very well and the game players very well. The game offers a few modes to choose from which can offer some variety for the player!

-Survival
-Score Run
-Endless

All of these modes are really fun, and add extra value and playtime to the game! - Borealis is a great Zen styled game with procedurally generated levels, so each play is unique and different.

I would recommend this game to anyone that is on the fence about buying this game, I would say pick the game up it’s a great game on Steam with a chilling soundtrack!
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
A very relaxing affair with serene visuals and pleasant, ambient sound design. Gameplay couldn't be simpler, avoid everything with only the mouse for input. Difficulty builds slowly, but don't be lulled into complacency or it's game over before you know it!

A great little game, one I'll likely come back to for quite some time. Well worth the trivial price.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Simple game, you play as your mouse pointer.
The rule is to survive the missiles strike.

Most people find out this game is boring.
But mehh, It's a casual game.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Pass the time by dodging a bombardment of lines while listening to various musical chords. Borealis can almost be classified as meditative...almost. The game purposely tries to slow you down by preventing knee-jerk mouse reactions. Simple concept, simple gameplay, simple review.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I read the description of the game before I bought it, and it gave me exactly what it said. A game where you move a small object around slowly dodging lines. I can't really complain, even if it really isn't that fun.

I am however, very saddened that you cannot select a graphics mode to play in, turn off the music, or anything else. I was looking forward to playing the stage with the retro green lines and turning off the music for a semi enjoyable nostalgic experience, but alas, you need to go through the entire game every time.

In short, read the description before you buy a game, and don't complain like a jerk if you got exactly what was advertised.

Price could be a bit lower though, there's really not much to offer. Then again, the developer has mentioned adding more options to allow a bit of customization to your game experience, and has shown that he cares about what others think, so you know, at least you're sending your money to a nice enough person, which is always nice.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
I got this game from the Groupees "Give Back" bundle for free, and was pleasantly surprised with the gameplay.

If you like music generation, smooth/slower bullet hell-style gameplay (lots of dodging), and challenging gameplay against nice backdrops, you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are simple but nice - different-colored tracers fly toward you in varying patterns, all with changing backgrounds that are serene and minimalistic. The sounds and music are great - different sounds occur whenever you get the projectiles to hit each other.

The controls are very easy and simple - you just move around with your mouse. One thing to now, however, is that the your cursor speed is purposely slow, as the game encourages you to relax and use smooth versus frantic movements. Since I use extreme sensitivity on my mouse, it was a bit of a change having to actually move my mouse across the entirety of my mouse pad (my sensitivity + acceleration is so high I just have to flick my wrist to cover any area of my screen). The learning curve is pretty minimal, as you only have to dodge the end points of projectiles (you can cross over any other part of the projectile). The patterns in the different levels keeps the game challenging, refreshing, and fun.

I've enjoyed playing this game quite a bit. There are 3 game modes: survival (game over after getting hit), score attack (3 lives), and endless (it literally goes on forever). BE WARNED: there is no menu/options, and if you accidentally press ESC at any point during gameplay, it will take you to the main menu and you must start all over again.

If you are interested in this type of gameplay, you will enjoy Borealis.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
A truly Unique experience that will leave you relaxed to begin with but the game slowly ramps up with difficulty adding different types of missiles which may or may not leave you getting tense in moments even as the music continues to relax you. The game consists of 3 Modes, Survival, Score and Endless.

Survival is simple, survive against the incoming missiles which start slow and easy to dodge but hey slowly get more and more tough with increasing speed and even lock on.

Score is also simple, try to get the highest score but it starts a little tougher and your score increases at a much faster rate.

Endless is just like the others except of course it's endless.

While the concept seems simple there are some devious tricks at play such as the beginning which throws various planets scrolling down through the background but some are very bright white which makes it hard to see the enemies and even yourself. And if you thought you could just fling your mouse across the screen then you would be horribly mistaken, the game features a really unique and cool concept where if you move your mouse too fast then your speed is heavily limited to near snail speed so it's best to stay relaxed even in the most intense moments.

I give the game an 9/10 for being relaxing, fun and all round unique.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnAJpug7kZI
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
English Review
This game is quite good. Graphics and other things not taking this into account at all. This is a really independent game where you have a small bullet and you have to dodge missiles. The game is good for filling time. I like that when quick getaway with a bullet and has a good color effect.
My rating 7/10.

Slovak Review
Táto hra je celkom dobrá. Grafika a iné veci vôbec neberem do úvahy. Ide o vlastne nezávislú hru, kde vy ste malá guľka a musíte sa uhýbať raketám. Hra je dobrá pre vypĺnenie času. Páči sa mi, že keď rýchlo utekáte s guľkou, tak má dobrý farebný efekt.
Moje hodnotenie 7/10.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
A very laid back game where your mouse is a small white circle, and your goal is to avoid missle-like enemies as long as you can while listening to soothing music. Borealis can prove challenging to those who seek it, i.e. survival and score run, but in reality, its a game where it's supposed to help you relax, whether or not you try to rack a lot of points.

The only difference between survival, score run and endless mode are the amount of times you're allowed to get hit. Other than that, relaxing the mind is your main objective.

I took a nap while leaving this game on, and honestly, this game makes a good sleeping aid. The SFX and music helped further my sleeping experience, so I guess that's a plus especially since the developer's goal was to help you meditate.

Other than that though, this game is nothing more than an interactive screensaver that looks like it came out of windows XP, and I don't know anyone personally that would buy a game that would put them to sleep because it's Zen based.

So unfortunately, no. I cannot recommend this game.
But I might back to this myself if I ever feel stressed and just need to calm down after a hard day's work.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fun, to play for some time, but later you might get bored. It has some achievements, so some people might find this a much fun to play. And it's pretty hard too.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I hate losing games so I punched myself in the head and alt & f4'd then started it back up and died then punched myself in the head for losing the game so I had to alt & f4 but refused to let the game beat me so I started it back up again and died and got proper angry then laughed it right off and played again and died then wrote this review
it was a good game
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A good time killer! You have to save your cursor being attacked by several lines.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Borealis is a simple yet not quite easy game. You slowly move around to avoid getting hit. It doesn't sound like much, but particularly when you first start playing you don't know how the lines are going to come at you. Once you figure that out, the challenge is not to go too zen and lose your concentration. It's a great game to play when you only have a few moments, and with three modes of play to choose from you can ensure you don't get too frustrated or too bored.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this game. It's pretty minimalist. The sounds are the best thing about it - it is at times pretty and at times nostalgic, while never really being music in a traditional sense. It's great for relaxing with it for a while, but it's not exactly a game. Still, I've enjoyed the time I've put into it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This is chillout game, i really recommending this game for people with have stressing days
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
ive seen many reviews saying that this is a boring game that lacks creativity. however on the contrary this game is one of a kind which makes it actually quite creative and they also say that it is too slow, well that is the point its supposed to be calming, and it is. rant over
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
If I had to describe this game in three words, I would say: Fun, relaxing and addictive. I'll definitely be spending many, many hours on this game, especially since it seems to get more challenging after the first few levels. Personally, I don't mind the capped cursor speed, since moving slow is what you're supposed to do. (so stop crying about this, kids!)

The game itself is as described, so do make sure to watch the video and read the description on the store page before purchase. And do not forget to check the system requirements as well. Just saying...
It is currently missing some features, such as 'pause' and 'save' but the devs are looking into it, so I'm sure we'll get those at some point.

Would I recommend this game? Hell, yes!!
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15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I'm no music snob, but the music in this game is hot garbage. I guess this game is supposed to be relaxing or something, especially with the instructions telling me to take my time and relax, but the music is just so bad. The game itself is nothing special. Move the mouse, dodge the lines. It's very mundane and I just don't care. Mainly just continued playing this game just for the trading cards.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
It's a simple & relaxing game. It do not have anything special & the sound is okay-ish (at least for me). The game is not good nor bad but it just "okay"/decent.
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