CATYPH is a First Person Adventure game (Myst-like), part of a sci-fi series named The Black Cube (ASA: A Space Adventure...). Visit Tytaah, a moon of Catyph divided into 7 regions, and try to save your home planet Terra by solving the challenging puzzles of the mysterious Germinal.
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Release Date: May 11, 2016

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Includes 2 items: ASA: A Space Adventure - Remastered Edition, Catyph: The Kunci Experiment

 

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October 30, 2016

ASA + Catyph bundle

It is now possible to purchase the Space Adventure 1+2 bundle (ASA and Catyph together) with a price drop of -10%.

You can also benefit of this offer if you already own one of the 2 games. For example if you purchased ASA on Steam in the past, you won't pay it again in this bundle, and you'll get Catyph with the small reduction applied.

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September 23, 2016

Final version and Price drop

Hello everyone,

I would like to warmly thank those of you who supported my work by purchasing Catyph and/or ASA. It really, really encourages me continuously when I see day after day that there are several passionate people all around the world who still enjoy 2D Myst-like games. Thank you!! As you know I have put a lot of efforts during the 2 years of development of Catyph, trying to please both the fans of the original Myst games and the fans of ASA. I know that some of the features in Catyph may be surprising (in the wrong way I mean - such as the Blue Matter System) but it's also part of the job of a developer to try new things. We don't want all the games to be identical! Other things could have been improved (gameplay/navigation), but I think it's important not to give up at the beginning of the game. The region of Kynan (that you can try in the playable demo) is far from being the most interesting and representative place of the game. imo

Also, I have decided to write this news in order to announce and explain a price drop. The game was originally released at $19.99 and you might have noticed the new price of $14.99. First I sincerely hope that you will not be furious if you paid the higher price (at least keep in mind that it was the best way to support my work and it counts a lot).
The reason of this price drop is not related to the lack of success of the game, and it is not a marketting strategy. It is true that I didn't sell a lot of copies, but that was more or less expected with that kind of project, and my lack of exposure in the medias. Changing the price was not either a way to celebrate the end of Summer (who wants to celebrate the end of the most beautiful season? ;)

More seriously, if I chose to lower the price, it is because Catyph is now in its final version. What I mean here, is that I will not bring any new update to the game. Oh don't misunderstand me: I'd be willing to continue to fix bugs for you (happily there has not been any recent feedback reporting issues). But the truth is that it has become impossible: my backup hard drive recently died, and I lost all of my precious work data. I have found no way to recover it: both ASA and Catyph files are gone forever... It is a real pain for me and for my activity, as it will never be possible to use again the 3D models that I had created for these games.
Anyway, I am now in the incapacity to fix any new bug or issue, and to release any new update. As a result I have decided that the price couldn't stay the same, and I hope that you understand why I took this decision.

It was probably the last announcement about Catyph, and the price should now stay the same for a long while (except during special targeted events such as Steam Sales).
I wish that there will still be passionate people to get interested in these old-school games, which should continue to exist next to some more modern projects such as the recent (and very good) Obduction. That's also why we indie devs work hard: to bring diversity and different games - good or bad - but still different!

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Reviews

“Catyph is the sequel to ASA: A Space Adventure, and is once again mostly the work of one man, Simon Mesnard, who is the game’s primary designer, artist, writer, animator and programmer. I’ve played ASA, and as solid as that debut adventure was, I found many improvements this time around. The environments are larger and animation now brings them to life. Navigation is smoother and the voice-overs are more engaging, particularly those of Germinal and Lantier. [...] It took me almost 35 hours to finish this game, and by the time the credits launched, I really did feel as though I had been on a space odyssey.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

“If you’ve never played any entries in this series and are wondering if it’s for you, look no further than its inspiration. Do you like first person explorative games such as Myst? If so, it’s for you. If not, I can’t recommend it, as this isn’t some sort of fusion game with another genre. What’s in store for those of you that enjoy the genre though, you’ve got a lot to look forward to in your exploration.”
"Buy" – Fist Full Of Potions

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16/20 – Planète Aventure

About This Game

About

"In 2062, Men from Terra have access to a new technology from a mysterious Black Cube they found 5 years before. With this new power, they decide to explore their solar system, in search for signs of intelligent life. They send you at the discovery of planet Catyph and its moon Tytaah." CATYPH: The Kunci Experiment is Another Space Adventure reminiscent of Myst and Rhem, and you can absolutely play it without knowing anything about the first Black Cube game, ASA. With the help of the data that you collect on Tytaah, you must attempt to access the 7 regions of this moon. Your main mission: understand what the Kunci is. The whole game relies on observation, discovery and exploration.

CATYPH is an independant and self-funded game, mainly created by one person. It has been envisaged as an experience, an interactive story based on exploration and logical puzzles. This prerendered 3D game is made of static pictures with video transitions.

Gameplay

Point & Click. Visit the regions of Tytaah, take notes on a piece of paper, and solve the puzzles!
Hotspots description:
- blue circles: action/examine
- blue arrows: turn head/view to look around you
- red arrows: walk to next/preview node/view
- blue dots at the bottom of the screen: turn view 180°

Features

  • Visit the vast moon of Tytaah (7 regions: desert, snow, alien forest, mercury seas and more)
  • Around 15 hours of gameplay
  • Over 800 transition videos and 2000 background images
  • OST: 18 tracks composed by the artists of KARREO
  • Immersive story: try to save Terra with the support of General Lantier, and learn more about the mysterious "god" of Tytaah: Germinal
  • Play in HD 1920x800
  • Unlock bonuses (minigames and films)
  • Developed with Visionaire Studio (Deponia...)
  • Choose a difficulty level: Normal/Hard, or also Story/Classic modes
  • Benefit of useful icons over the hotspots
  • Available for Windows in full English

The soundtrack of CATYPH was composed by KARREO. Several artists joined their forces to create a unique OST (Stélian Derenne, Jeff K-Ray, Antoine Vachon, Pol Desmurs and Cécile Cognet).

Check out the Black Cube site to discover other related projects:
- ASA, Myha
- Catyph Artbook
- Original Soundtracks
- Self-published DVD
- ANTERRAN comic
and maybe more?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2Ghz+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Non-Dedicated (shared) video card with at least 512MB Shared VRAM & openGL 2.0 support
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: openAL compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Some of the puzzles rely on colors and sound. Mouse only.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2,5Ghz+
    • Memory: 5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: openAL compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Some of the puzzles rely on colors and sound. Mouse only.

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