Cylne is a first person surreal exploration game, in the form of a visual poems collection and created by one person. Choose a chapter to explore and feel unreal worlds filled with environmental enigmas to try to achieve the chapter called "The Choice"...
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Mixed (41 reviews) - 65% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 5, 2015

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“THE LUCID DREAMS OF CYLNE : Cylne is a particularly difficult game to describe. [...] It renders the most basic concept of interaction unfamiliar by dropping the player in a world with its own rules, with its own sense of twisted dream-logic.[...] The game’s aesthetics make for some uniquely beautiful environments as well as some insightful moments of clarity about the nature of play.”
70/100 – Kill Screen, by David Chandler

About This Game

Genre : Art game, Adventure, First Person Puzzler.
Features :

  • Explore 6 surreal chapters with various and immersive environments along with crystalline guitars (including one optional chapter).
  • Active environmental mecanisms to solve enigmas : watch, listen, feel, discover.
  • The aim is to achieve the chapter called « The Choice » which requires an overall vision of the chapters. The player can enter any chapter.
  • Use your halo's feedback. This one may guide you. This one may disturb you.
    Glide sometimes through the air, walk or float.
  • Look carefully at disorienting and odd cutscenes which does not reveal all.
  • Each chapter has a symbolic with different meanings. The optional chapter is inspired by the Prometheus myth.

Description :

Cylne is a first person surreal exploration game, in the form of a visual poems collection. Choose a chapter to explore and feel unreal worlds filled with environmental enigmas, surprises and some platforming. Surrounded by a dark halo, dive into ethereal ambience to find meaning...

These poem-like worlds are linked together by a common thread. Explore strange
places - from ancient architectures to abstract and wide stripped landscapes - to find it. You may also encounter strange life forms.

The only thing you know about your avatar is this misty halo. Cylne doesn't impose narrative elements.

But at the end of this journey, you will be faced with a choice that echoes your experience and might unlock some mysteries. In a way, the game is about self revelation.

Warning :

The game contains flashing and bright lights which may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or Vista
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz dual-core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 8800 (SM3-compatible video card)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3,10 GHz Intel Core i5 3450
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 560 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I bought this in large part because it looked like it would be a beautiful, atmosphereic world to explore. Unfortunately, I found the graphics disappointing, especially the textures, which seemed several years out of date in their artistic quality. (Hopefully I'm correct that it's because of the game, rather than because of my Mac's graphics.) I can't comment on the poetic premise of the game, because I didn't play it long enough.
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98 of 113 people (87%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2015
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  • Game Name: Cylne
  • Original Release: 2015
  • Genre Tags: Experimental; Surreal; Exploration; Puzzle; Existential
  • My Overall Grade: B-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3-7 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Novelty seekers; Aesthetes; Game atmosphere connoisseurs; Casual gamers

I received an activation key of this game from a press kit for the purposes of writing a review. This did not affect my opinion; I will only recommend games that I like. If I do not like a game, I will not recommend it. Period. View my mission statement.

CyIne is a first-person exploration and puzzle game that has no regard for conformity and genre standards. This “game” is not really a game, but more an exploration of existentialism and what is known as “the existential attitude.”

“The existential attitude” is a philosophical concept that describes an individual’s starting point in their existential journey; it is described as: “a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless and absurd world.” This concept provides the most accurate description of the feeling CyIne will invoke in the player.

There is no narrative whatsoever; there is only captivating visuals and emotional music. Those aesthetics will keep you enthralled as you will move around the surreal gameworld in first-person, solving puzzles and desperately searching for any sense of meaning behind it all.

Fitting with the overall concept of the game, there is practically no direction given… only slightly in the form of feedback and cutscenes if you did something particularly wrong or right. You will need to explore and experiment if there is to be any hope of progress.

There isn’t really much else about this game that can be detailed. I would say CyIne shares the most similarity to games like Dear Esther and Only If; but CyIne is drastically more abstract and surreal, and truly sits in a league of its own.

I can see how some people who are more action-oriented and are perhaps less patient may find this game boring and will not enjoy it. If that sounds like you, you may want to stay clear. However, if you are someone who enjoys experimental games, and if you are someone who can appreciate the novelty of an exploration of existentialism through the medium of a video game: then you should check out CyIne.

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53 of 62 people (85%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
I don't know what is happening in the game, I don't know why I solved the puzzles I solved or why I'm meant to care about solving them because the game so far has no explanation of any sort.

I am however, awash with colour & light; one of these days maybe I'll try and understand poetry so that maybe this game will make sense; until that time I think i'll just enjoy solving the so far numerous step-on-the-switches puzzles to trigger surreal waterfalls & then a cutscene that gives me even less of an idea of the point of all this.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
Imagine the sensation of exploring a surreal world that appears rational in a way that is simply beyond your understanding. It's beautiful, filled with light and sound, and you seem to be solving puzzles of some sort -- or maybe you're just stumbling upon the laws of time and physics in this unfamiliar world. It seems safe, this world doesn't seem to want to hurt you, so you keep exploring. Maybe there's a point to what you're doing, or maybe not - does it really matter? Whatever it is, it's strangely fascinating - and at the same time calming.

The best compliment I can pay this game so far is that it seems to have captured in some sense the sensation of one's first visit to Burning Man - wandering the Playa at night taking in the surreal world around you, trying to make sense of it all. If you've ever been, you know what I mean.

I love to see indie developers pushing the boundaries of gaming in this way, I think the "visual poem" metaphor very accurate. Well done!
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
this is not a game. this is one of those interactive pieces of art that you get to have sitting on your desktop to look at while contemplating the deeper meaning of things.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Very interesting premise! Great visuals and puzzles as well. The reward of this game (for me) comes from finally solving a puzzle and being able to proceed to the next beautiful realm. However it is definitely not for those with low patience or a sole desire to mindlessly kill things. WOuld certainly recommend to fans of surreal art, great atmosphere and definite challanges.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Its a walking sim.

Now For The Real Review

This game is very enjoyable if you are not into the genre you can still apreciate how amazing it looks. The art style is good for the most part. There are multiple audio cuts when you change worlds [maybe thats just me].
You can select 5 worlds all of them are spiecial in thier own way, most of the worlds are kind of creepy [I perfer the 3rd world no pun intended]

Im Russian so my engilsh isnt the best
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
It's like being inside an experimental, art-house cinema.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
always confusing, always beautiful, mildly difficult at times. not exactly sure what the prometheus level was about, it seemed unfinished. oh and the jump function is utterly useless, not that you need it. all in all though, the devs put a lot of effort into the design.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
So far from what I've played, I really enjoy the sounds and colors to this puzzle game. It's pretty trippy in places and very basic as controls go. I wish there was a little bit more explination in the beginning as what does what in the game, but after getting the hang of it a little bit, it's pretty fun imo.
Player Two and myself each made a video of our first times playing if anyone wants to check it out on our YouTube channel.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
Interesting surreal cinematic experience. Don't play this game expecting mechanical challenge or intrigue. Most of the fun of this game comes from interpreting vague symbols and surreal phenomena. In the end it all ended up being extremely vague to me - the artist's "intended" meaning is lost here and I think that's sort of the point. While it's interesting to think about, the game really gives you very little, if anything, to grab onto in terms of a concrete understanding. I found it simpler to grasp when considering each level as a standalone art piece. But the ending suggests otherwise, which totally left me stumped.

Overall, while not perfect, I found it enjoyable and beautiful to see. The sound work is fantastic too - though some sounds (particularly one on the last level) are too loud in the mix and can be a bit too jarring. As a piece of interactive audio-visual art, it succeeds on many fronts. But when the developers use the term surreal, they are truly channeling the essense of surrealist art, i.e. Dali and Beksinski. It is truly surreal and succeeds in fantastic presentation and visual and auditory art that meshes excellently together. Don't kill yourself trying to interpret it though - like Dali has described surreal art, it's all about the stream of consciousness. Perhaps that's the best way to enjoy the bulk of this game.

Also, I could not beat the bonus chapter. I beat the rest of the game in ~2 hours though. It's length is not a bad thing, though. I think it is a strength. It's worth the full price, much like a film would be.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: August 8
I like fantasy, exploring, and surreal landscapes. Therefore, I adore Cylne. And, since one cannot die in this game, I was able to take my time and look around at the very beautiful and imaginative world.

Now, after reading most of the negative reviews, I want to be clear: Make sure your computer can handle this game. Also, there is no platforming, dying, fighting, killing or linear story. Just super-cool exploring with some simple puzzles thrown in for extra fun. At 5 hours, I am about 2/3 done.

9/10 (Wish it was longer.)
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5.2 hrs
Posted: June 24
Very puzzling game, I feel like I'm bumbling along and hoping that I am doing something that means I'm making progress. Apart from that it's a very imaginative game, very surreal, for me with no artistic imagination it certainly gives me a sense of wonder and what will be the next stunning image.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: May 19
This game or as I see it an intractive piece on art, has positives and some annoying negatives.

Chapter 1, 2, 3 are the best and most interesting, 4 is good, 5 is not for me and 6 is good, there is just no clue to do a lot of the time as I found 5 hard and 1 part in 6.

The early chapters save, the late ones unfortunately do not, as for getting most of the way through 6 and going back to it from the start.

This would be better if it were a bit more obvious, I know it is a mystery theme but still.

So, I would recommend this on the visuals and how strange it is, but for logic and other stuf I cannot.
This does have potential with a bit more narrative would be more enjoyable but on sale it's worth it for the first 4 and last chapter in my opinion. But don't expect too much.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: April 27
Interesting idea, but short and poorly executed. There are far better options in the "bizarre puzzle/exploration" genre, such as Dear Esther, The Old City: Leviathan, Mind: Path to Thalamus, and Lifeless Planet. The only justification on this one was the cheap on-sale price. Everyone wants to create the next Myst, but this one felt like the developers weren't even trying that hard.
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13.0 hrs
Posted: April 10
Interesting and enjoyable experience, although a bit frustrating at times. Some of the platforming bits defeated me, but there are large sections of the game that do not present any problems on this score. The puzzles were innovative along with the underlying concepts. Very atmospheric, mostly beautiful, and philosophical. I like the way that you can go back to chapters in any order.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: April 8
This game deserves a positive review. I was skeptical about purchasing this because of the mixed reviews, and while I think it's worth more like $5 instead of $9, it's an interesting little game where you get to walk around, see cool stuff, and solve "puzzles" (none of them are difficult.)

This game does have that partially incomplete amateurish UDK feel to it. I really liked the beginning of this game, and I felt that it kind of got progressively less interesting (albeit still interesting) as it went on. However, as the game went on, I was starving myself waiting for a pizza, and my hunger was increasing. This may have factored into that.

I notice that one of the top positive reviews states the playtime for completing this game as "3-7 hours." This is simply not true. I completed this game AND the bonus chapter in 107 minutes (1hr 47m.) I have no idea how that reviewer got 3-7 hours out of this game. I was going to add that this game would be really cool if you were on LSD. Maybe that reviewer was on LSD. Or maybe he's just a cuck.

Anyway, I can feel the loss of blood circulation in my hands as I type this sentence. I think it's time for that pizza, before I starve. Play this game if you like ♥♥♥♥ like LSD Dream Emulator. Or go play this first, and if you really enjoy it, you'll probably get a kick out of Cylne.

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0.7 hrs
Posted: April 6
I just accidentally solved a puzzle on purpose by doing exactly what I thought I shouldn't do because I figured I should probably do it.

☺/10 would try to figure out what this game doesn't not un-mean again (again.)
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0.4 hrs
Posted: April 5
I am glad steam refunds are a thing.
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