Weave through missiles to generated music, and let the world flow around you.
User reviews: Mixed (407 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 2, 2014
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March 13

Borealis in IndieGala Monday Bundle!

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Borealis has been featured in the IndieGala Every Monday Bundle. Along with 7 other games, you can pick up the one and only Borealis for (USD) $3.49! Want to compare scores with a friend? Want to spread the love of Borealis? Now is the chance to pick up the game (As well as 7 other fantastic titles!) for a low price.

We hope you enjoy Borealis, and stay tuned for any future updates. Have fun, and keep on Borealis-ing! ːthumbsː

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January 4

Patch 1.1.1 is live too!

This is mostly a bugfix update.

Features:
Level select can now be used across all modes, not just score run.
Stages now switch after level select (it's no longer just a practice mode).

Bugfixes:
Slacker achievement should now work on all computers, not just laptops with touchpads (I think that was the issue, anyway).
Fixed a bug where the tile and retro stages rendered incorrectly if reached through the level selector

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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
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Great game, very fun.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Энэ тоглоомд би өөрийгөө яг л эр бэлгийн эснүүдээс зугтаж буй эм бэлгийн эс шиг л төсөөлж байлаа. Гэхдээ их жижигхээн эс.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Time Killer With Generated Music

Overall: 51% (40.8/80)

Atmosphere: 5/10
Graphics: 5/10
Level Design: 5/10
Sound: 5.8/10

Balance: 5/10
Controls: 8/10

Replay Value: 3.5/10
Tutorial: 1.5/5

Cost-Benefit Ratio: 1/4
System Requirements: 1/1
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The way to play this game well is to empty your mind of all distraction, made me a zen buddhist 10/10 would achieve nirvana again
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
never felt so stressed listening to ZEN type music
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Borealis is described as a Zen game. I've heard that Z word all throughout my life, but it wasn't until I played this game that I realized what it was supposed to mean. The goal of the game is for you to move your cursor as slow as possible while dodging as many of the incoming lines as possible. It's a game that prides itself on simplicity and calmness... which is why I cannot recommend it.

This calmness actually turns out to be frustrating, because it's not what I want in a video game. I find video games allow me to inject myself into another world and perform actions to affect that world. Whether that means shooting everything in sight in a bullet hell (Beat Hazard, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages, etc.), changing lanes on a highway to hit audio blocks (Audiosurf), or driving into an enemy car (any racing game), there's always an interesting and almost open-ended cause-and-effect.

Instead, Borealis forces you to a 2D movement system with your mouse to avoid incoming lines, and that is it. There's nothing else to do in the game except that, for infinity. It frustrates me because I want to speed boost out of the area. I want to set off a bomb to reset the screen. I want to equip dual guns on a spaceship and blow those lines to bits. Borealis is more restrictive than liberating.

If I wanted a Zen experience, I would use a guided meditation from YouTube.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Dpressed?
Stress?
Don't know how to relax?
So Boralis is the answer.The game is simple,all you have to do is just move your mouse and avoid the lines (yea,i called it the lines or what you called it). You can't go any faster,just keep calm and relax and also avoid those lines ;) .
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I started playing this as a relaxing thing before going to sleep, but ended up staying awake for an extra 2 hours trying to beat lots of levels in one go at the same time.

WP borealis, WP.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Realxing dodge game. Control your dot with the mouse and try to not get hit by other lines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBrRnqKcn_0
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
The purpose of this game is to dodge meteors or stars that are trying to hit you. I can see some people really would like this game. It's very casual. The music is interesting and the graphics changes as you pass each level.

However, my #1 problem is you can't turn the music off. I cannot play this game and listen to my own music. This is literally my #1 pet peeve with games. I have to turn down my computer volume to lower it but then I can't listen to my own music.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Simplicity; difficulty.
The User Reviews are “Mixed.” I cannot comprehend why.

One needs be wary of everything.
Deliberate movements keep you aloft.
Patience is a virtue.

Play Borealis. It will instill in you how to become a better person.
(Also, if you have trouble sleeping, play it… you will be put at ease with the quickness (The game is THAT soothing and good; not to say that you will fall asleep from boredom (necessarily) ))
This game is zenraging ; many cheap deaths.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
I got bored after a couple of minutes. Its not worth the money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Casual, colorful time killer. There are better ways to kill time...meh 4/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
they wrongly put it here on steam instead of y8
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I didnt like this game.
3/10
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50 of 65 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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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47 of 67 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
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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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
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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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
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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