Are you looking for something completely different? An oddity? An enigma? Or perhaps .. an Anomaly? Anomalies may be a game, then again it may not. One user described it as "A million musical leeches, waiting to suck the serotonin from my brain." And that's just the beginning...
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December 22, 2018

Sharing Anomalies

Did you know you can save and share Anomalies? if you find one you like, use the "save" button to give it a name. Then you can access that saved file via "Anomalies > Properties > Local Files > Browse Local Files" to send it to other users. They would have to place it in the same folder, then use the "load" button and type in the same name under which it was saved.

While I would not necessarily call this a "feature" just yet, it is possible to do with the existing game. If this is something you'd like to see more of, let me know. It might be nice to have an online repository of Anomalies that other players can download and experience for themselves.
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December 17, 2018

New Low Price!

Since Anomalies was released back in 2016, I have gotten a lot of great feedback on it. It was my first officially released game, so I did not really have a great grasp on where the market stood on games like it. As a result, I think I over-estimated its value a bit.



Anomalies' new price is $0.99 and I think it makes more sense that way. Maybe it will help it find a new audience, especially with the new "Advanced Spawn Menu" option.

Anyway, I hope you guys have enjoyed playing Anomalies as much as I have enjoyed working on it!

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Reviews

“During my first few minutes with the game, I explored: - the glowing, dismembered skeleton of some vast, spacefaring beast - a thorny, plantlike entity that waved gently in the solar wind - a whirlwind of oddly flattened stones - an enigmatic alien pyramid that glowed red like some infernal forge - a colony of twisting worms flitting to and fro, occasionally meeting nose-to-nose as though exchanging information I'll be coming back to Anomalies. It's not a game; it's a trip.”
Recommended – MagFlare (Steam User)

“Anomalies is like streaming music videos from different planets with the ability to choose how many tentacles the band has.”
Recommended – Feared Alien Voodoo (Steam User)

“You are the wiggle worm. The wiggle worm is you.”
Recommended – emptybottlehaze (Steam User)

About This Game

Anomalies may be a game, then again it may not. One user described it as "A million musical leeches, waiting to suck the serotonin from my brain."

Another said "I don't even know what to say about this one. It honestly freaked me out a little."

A particularly enthusiastic user stated "Wish I had some kind of supercomputer to push the limits on this thing... I'm pretty sure it would reveal the secrets of the universe."



A Fine Art Game
Anomalies is an experimental generative art game. There are no levels, points or objectives. It is a "game" in the loosest 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.

Experimental
I call Anomalies "experimental" because of the way in which I developed it. I started with a simple idea - "what would trees look like if they grew in space?" - and began to create fairly simple, branching structures. Once that was working, I thought about different colors and textures. Each stage brought new questions and possibilities - "what if they move or wiggle? What it they make sounds? What if they produce flames or particles?" - and so on, until I arrived at what you see in the program. So I had no idea what it would end up like when I started it. Though I have moved on to other projects, I still think about more possibilities for Anomalies. I do hope to be able to return to working on this program at some point, but I will not give any promises right now...

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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