A Zoë Mode production for the video game charity initiative OneBigGame, Chime pits gamers against the melody in an all-new puzzle experience. Place blocks against the clock, complete solid quads and try to cover the whole playing surface, all the while remixing and embellishing pieces by musicians from across the planet.
User reviews: Very Positive (363 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 6, 2010

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A Zoë Mode production for the video game charity initiative OneBigGame, Chime pits gamers against the melody in an all-new puzzle experience. Place blocks against the clock, complete solid quads and try to cover the whole playing surface, all the while remixing and embellishing pieces by musicians from across the planet. And you get to feel good about yourself, too: The console version of Chime was originally developed for OneBigGame with all the developer’s royalties going to Charity for sales up to June 2010, and Zoe Mode will continue to donate a proportion of its royalties (equivalent to 5% of purchase price) for sales of the Steam version. OneBigGame always aims to donate a minimum of 80% of all donations to its charity partners Save the Children and the Starlight Children's foundation.

Key features:

  • Puzzle: Rotate and place shapes to form solid quads and fill up the grid before the time runs out
  • Listen: Chime features music by Moby, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), and more
  • Remix: Fill the grid to alter the track loop, place pieces to play notes, and create quads to trigger a range of song samples
  • Replay: Reset the grid by reaching 100% and continue playing and beat your high score
  • Experience: Each of the six unique levels is made up of its own music, grid, and shape sets, including the new Portal-inspired sixth level: “Still Alive”.
  • Free-play mode: Choose between three different levels of difficulty or just play for the sake of making music with no time pressure

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP (Home Edition/Professional/Media Center Edition/Tablet PC Edition)
    • or Windows Vista (Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate)

      or Windows 7 (Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate)

    • Processor: 1.7 GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: VGA
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card, shader model 3.0
    • Hard Drive: 180Mb
    • Sound: Stereo
    • Other Requirements:

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows XP (Home Edition/Professional/Media Center Edition/Tablet PC Edition)
    • or Windows Vista (Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate)

      or Windows 7 (Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate)

    • Processor: Pentium 4 processor, 3.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x720
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card, shader model 3.0
    • Hard Drive: 180Mb
    • Sound: Stereo
    • Other Requirements:
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
This is an great and addicting game. At first glance I thought it was someone trying to recreate Tetris, but I was way wrong. My one fart about it is the Steam version is not as fun as the PS3 Deluxe version. A lot of the fun is had in co-op, but the Steam version is single player only. Still a great game.

I would love to see the Deluxe version on Steam too, and definitely DLC expansions with more levels and songs.
Posted: September 29
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2.7 hrs on record
Pretty fun relaxing game. Plus the final song is portal themed so there's always that.
Posted: October 20
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41.2 hrs on record
Very fun game to zone out to. Great music and addicting!
Posted: October 6
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1.2 hrs on record
Tetris + puzzle + chillout music = Interesting and relaxing casual game.
Posted: October 11
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7.1 hrs on record
One of the best games for relaxation. Only complaint is that there are so few tracks. Its entertaining. This is like a relaxing camping day versus most games attempting to be more like an exciting themepark visit.

Normally I'd write more, but there isn't much I can add that isn't easily seen on the store page. Its a puzzle game.
Posted: October 12
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1.0 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥
Posted: October 24
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Awesome game. Just you and the blocks. And the time. Requires thinking, planning your moves. I highly recommend this game.
Posted: June 20
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
One of the best games I've played on Steam.
I definetly recommend this game for people that has a puzzling passion.
Posted: July 5
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3 of 23 people (13%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
bleh
Posted: May 21
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57.6 hrs on record
Some fantastic tunes, and fun puzzles. Well put together game.
Posted: June 20
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8.4 hrs on record
Lots of fun, nice music =)
Posted: June 27
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5.1 hrs on record
Chime takes me back to the days when Lumines on the PSP was massive... possibly in some small sections of the PSP Puzzle Strategy community.

Ok, so Lumines probably wasn't all that well known outside of the PSP, but essentially you had 2x2 different coloured squares come down, much like tetris. You'd clear the board and score points when you build up 2x2 blocks of the same colour, when a line would slide across the screen and take them out.

In Chime, you don't need to worry about colour, but the pieces are all different configurations of 5 squares connected, much like tetris' 4 squares. You can move, rotate, and place them anywhere on the grid. The 'beatline' will move in time with the music, setting off events when it hits the shapes. If you have a solid blocks of 3x3 or more, they will disappear after a short while, give better music samples, and stamped down a completed section on the grid. The aim is to get 100% coverage on these grids before the time runs out.

This game is great if you want to fill in time, or if you're into mixing a few tunes with samples based on how well you play. Probably a small cult following for that. In the end, since there are only 6 or 7 level/songs to play, it only becomes a grind to try to get 100% coverage on each level, not really much more than that.

Pretty good if on sale, not really something to put in a wishlist though.

6/10
Posted: September 1
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7.9 hrs on record
One of the only games that really gets me in a kind of trance. Which is completely perfect for those Times I want to forget about everything and have a low stress experience. I very much wish there were more songs than there are, but I come back to to this game more than I ever thought I would.
Posted: May 7
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11.2 hrs on record
Remind me Tetris. :)
Posted: June 2
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4.2 hrs on record
A lovely, meditative music puzzle game. Great for relaxing.
Posted: September 22
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5.7 hrs on record
Philip Glass. Only good about this game.
I got it from a friend though so no sweat.
Posted: June 7
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11.3 hrs on record
The music is soothing, while the game seems endlessly boring. This “game” would probably be a great on a phone if one needs to kill 3-4 mins on doing absolutely nothing. Would be cool: Timed multiplayer on the same grid trying to steel as many squares as possible from each other. Instead we get an uninteresting leaderboard with unfamiliar names. If had the opportunity to try a demo, I wouldn’t had bought the game.
Posted: July 19
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1.2 hrs on record
Chime is a great game, lots of condensed goodness, but at 6 songs this only lasts for an hour. Wish there were a lot more songs.
Posted: July 16
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11.2 hrs on record
Fun little game to play, addictive, challenging and has a great sound track. Content here is a bit limited though.

One minor complaint, each time you build a match, the screen flashes white,its not really noticeable as you play.. but after an hour or so of play with as much concentration as this requires, it can hurt the eyes. Don't expect to jump out of it and start browsing reddit, as you wont be able to read a thing, at least thats how it is for me.

That being said, I still enjoy the game, maybe wait till its on sale, as it only has 6 songs.
Posted: June 14
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18.8 hrs on record
Think top-view Tetris meets Qix with interesting music choices. Quite the enjoyable time-waster.
Posted: June 17
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