Anomalies is a computer program that randomly generates an interactive piece of audio-visual, virtual sculpture, which one can tinker around with and explore.
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February 28

Some Anomalies Music now Included

You may notice Anomalies updating the next time you log into Steam. I have included some of the music collection in with the basic version of Anomalies.

For those that purchased the Music Collection, I thank you. Not all the music will be included in the basic edition, and any future albums will be automatically included to the Music collection, so please don't feel that your purchase is being devalued in any way. If you do feel this way, I do apologize, and I will personally refund your money if it comes to that, but I wanted to allow for the basic users to have some access to the music as well.

Also, as I mentioned in the original release of the music collection, all the songs are available on my Bandcamp page here: https://mkschmidt.bandcamp.com/
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January 18

Achievements are Coming

Now that you can load older anomalies after updates, I can begin making smaller incremental changes to the game without ruining your enjoyment.

For starters, I have begun creating Steam Achievements for Anomalies. There are only two right now, and they are only activated in the "Testing" version of Anomalies, but more will be added, and soon they will be active in the "default" version.

Some of the achievements will be give-aways, awarded simply for doing a certain action the first time. Others will be more challenging. Right now, the two achievements reflect this approach, one being awarded for simply clicking the "Randomize" button, while the other will require a bit more ingenuity.



"The Wiggle Worm" is a type of anomaly I encountered through some experimentation. If you can re-create the Wiggle Worm, then you will get the achievement. Some parameters will need to be set a certain way, while others will remain open.

As a hint to anyone who wants to try it, since "The Wiggle Worm" is clearly singular, you would have to start by setting "Max Spawns" - the first parameter on the upper left corner of the spawn menu - to 1. This means only one "branch" will spawn initially. A second hint is that "Max Segments" and "Max Size" can be set to any size. An anomaly does not need to be a specific size or length to be called the Wiggle Worm.

Perhaps you can guess the other parameters required, there are around 17 of them. Good luck!

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About This Game

A Fine Art Game
Anomalies is a generative art game. There are no levels, points or objectives. It is a "game" in the sense of being an amusement or pastime, an interactive piece of audio-visual, virtual sculpture, which one can tinker around with and explore.

Generate and Explore
You can randomly generate the anomalies, or you can change the anomaly's parameters manually with a series of sliding dials in order to tweak your creation. Use the controls to explore Anomalies, and the unique sights and sounds they generate.

Sights and Sounds
Anomalies are both audio and visual phenomena, the parameters that effect one effect the other. Some are strange and discordant entities, while others are symmetrical and harmonious. All the images and "songs" you hear in the demo video were produced through the program's algorithms.

Other Options
Using a built in screen capture button, you can collect snapshots of your handiwork. Use it as desktop wallpaper, or share it with your friends. If you want to revisit a favorite anomaly, you can also save it and load it again later. There is also an auto timer feature that cycles through anomalies automatically, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the show.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / Win 7 / Win 8 / Server 2008 / Server 2012, 32 Bit or 64 Bit; DirectX 9.0c or above.
    • Processor: No processor specified
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB 3D video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Sound Card: required
    • Additional Notes: Anomalies is made with 3D GameStudio A7 Engine - specs are based on 3dgamestudio's website
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB video card
    • Additional Notes: Shader 2.0 support

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