Factsheet

Developer:
Kumobius
Based in Melbourne, Australia

Release date:
Thursday 10th October 2013

Platforms:
Steam
Apple App Store
Google Play

Website:
duetgame.com/

Regular Price:

Steam USD$4.99
App Store USD$3.99

Description

Duet is a hypnotic arcade action game with a mesmerizingly beautiful soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel.

Elegant and minimal, Duet asks players simply to navigate two orbiting spheres past an increasingly complex maze of falling obstacles. As the difficulty increases, the tension mounts, and a peculiar narrative unfolds.

Tim Shiel is a composer/producer based in Melbourne. Tim is known to some as Faux Pas, the moniker under which he released a steady stream of constantly shifting electronic music for many years. He is also known for his work as a broadcaster at Melbourne independent radio station 3RRR FM, and for his recent role as multi-instrumentalist in Gotye's live band. His passion for gaming and his fluid approach to composing have led him to team up with local game development studio Kumobius, to provide the soundtrack and in-game sound design for their minimalist new mobile game, Duet.

History

Duet has been an incredible success for us so far both critically, commercially and personally. The game’s narrative has resonated with players and we’ve blown away by the response. We received emails telling us how the game helped people think differently about the world and helped them get through tough times -- this is something we never imagined our game could do. Tim Shiel conducted a live orchestral performance of Duet in Australia in which tickets completely sold out. Lastly, it has been our most successful game as a studio so far with revenue now in the 7 figures range.

Features

  • Over 140 challenging stages full of elegant obstacles and features to keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • An outstanding soundtrack by Tim Shiel, his debut to the video game world.
  • Simple two touch control – left or right thumb to spin.
  • Entrancing visuals fit the mood and audio of the game perfectly.
  • Unlock an endless Survival mode for high score delight.
  • Strange and wonderful narrative that will keep you guessing.
  • Every mistake leaves a mark; you will paint the walls with your failures.

Videos

Steam Trailer YouTube

Encore Update Trailer YouTube

Artwork

Awards & Recognition

    • "Intel Level Up: Grand Prize" Seattle 2014
    • "Intel Level Up: Best Action" Seattle 2014
    • "Intel Level Up: Best Audio" Seattle 2014
    • "IGF China: Best Game Design" Beijing 2014
    • "AGDA: Best Game Design" Melbourne 2014
    • "AGDA: Best Audio" Melbourne 2014
    • "PAX 10 Indie Showcase" Seattle 2014
    • "PAX East Indie Showcase" Boston 2014
    • "Freeplay Best Design Finalist" Melbourne, September, 2013
    • "Freeplay Best Audio Finalist" Melbourne, September, 2013

    Selected Articles

      • "A clever premise."
        - Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker
      • "Duet is a masterpiece of simplicity, feeling and flow."
        - Ben Kuchera, Polygon
      • "Shiel's soundtrack... is as innovative as the game it scores."
        - Jake Cleland, The Vine
      • "I don't know about you, but Duet looks hard as nails. And I love it."
        - Jared Nelson, Touch Arcade
      • "Your eyes, ears, and thumbs were built to perform this Duet together."
        - John Polson, Indie Games
      • "...the first game truly worthy of my gold 64GB iPhone 5s."
        - Tim Rogers, Twitter
      • "But while the aesthetic of Duet is familiar, the gameplay is all new."
        - Mark Brown, Pocket Gamer
      • "...Duet's plaintive and melancholic aesthetic imbues it with a sense of the profound."
        - Shaun Prescott, CVG
      • "Duet on iOS. Instant love. Instant."
        - Mark Serrels, Kotaku AU
      • "It looks positively mind bending, and also, a really good time."
        - David Flodine, App Spy

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      About Kumobius

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      Kumobius is a 3 person Australian game studio created by brothers Tom and James Greenaway with the incredible Ivan Neeson.

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      Duet Credits

      Ivan Neeson
      Kumobius

      Tom Greenaway
      Kumobius

      James Greenaway
      Kumobius

      Owen Thomas
      Kumobius

      Tim Shiel
      Music + SFX

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