What if you saw the world with your ears? Devil's Tuning Fork is a first-person exploration/puzzle game in which the player must navigate an unknown world using visual sound waves. Inspired by M.C. Escher’s classic optical illusion and the echolocation of dolphins, The Devil’s Tuning Fork allows the player to explore a new mode of perception through sound visualization. As a mysterious epidemic causes children everywhere to fall into comas, one child wakes up in an alternate reality. It is up to this child, the player, to determine the cause of the epidemic and save the other children trapped here. By way of the devil's tuning fork, a magical instrument that allows the player to perceive sound waves, the player must find all the children and successfully escape this alternate reality, thereby waking up from the coma.

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There's now a guide for running Devil's Tuning Fork on Linux using Wine.

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What if you saw the world with your ears? Devil's Tuning Fork is a first-person exploration/puzzle game in which the player must navigate an unknown world using visual sound waves. Inspired by M.C. Escher’s classic optical illusion and the echolocation of dolphins, The Devil’s Tuning Fork allows the player to explore a new mode of perception through sound visualization. As a mysterious epidemic causes children everywhere to fall into comas, one child wakes up in an alternate reality. It is up to this child, the player, to determine the cause of the epidemic and save the other children trapped here. By way of the devil's tuning fork, a magical instrument that allows the player to perceive sound waves, the player must find all the children and successfully escape this alternate reality, thereby waking up from the coma.

For all those who are intrested Jeff Hoogland has written up a step-by-step guide to getting Devil's Tuning Fork running under Linux using Wine.


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Henley Staff
Henley

Sorry guys kinda had to hijack your news to get it up on the rotator for ya. Great game.

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DJ-Ready
DJ-Ready

Pretty interesting concept
/me downloads

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klichka
klichka

Big negative: No ability to configure movement keys. This is neccessary.

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klichka
klichka

Since some people don't get my complaint, I am a left-handed mouse user and as such I am forced to use the arrow keys, if I use WSAD my hands are uncomfortably close together. So at least having an alternative setting for arrows alongside WSAD or having configuration would mean a lot to people such as myself and it would be extremely easy to code as well, even if it was a very rudimentary form of support such as manually editing a text file.

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InStars
InStars

You can always make AutoHotkey script to remap the keys ;)

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Feared
Feared

These resolutions are crazy.
They're so small.

Could you not add support for 1920x1200?

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum

Neat Idea, I enjoyed it. Cool game!

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital

Wow great concept for new gameplay!
Downloading now and will post back impressions, really digging the visual style from the video :)

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Anonymousperson
Anonymousperson

Oh now this concept is just cool and slightly terrifying at the same time

Awesome

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capsule56
capsule56

It is fun, but there seems to be something off with the walking, I can't tell if it's just a sludgy feel from lag or what but it's something to pay attention to.

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sinoth
sinoth

Why use an installer for a small game? Please just distribute it as a zip archive. It is much faster to get to the action and delete it if necessary.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

Because you know absolutely nothing about programming and they do? Ever thought that this game has dependencies that also need to be installed? Or perhaps theres files that need to be installed into the roaming data folder in windows? If they didn't then it would just bomb if not run in administrator. Use your head before you comment.

Also not to mention that distributing your game in just a compressed folder is simply unprofessional.

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sinoth
sinoth

Baseless vitriol aside, let's examine your points. Libs that have been dynamically linked against can have their .dlls placed in the same folder as the executable. Easy, and no admin rights needed. The only hitch here would be things like XNA and DirectX. Since video card drivers come with the latest DX, developers shouldn't worry much about this. XNA is a problem since it is not as widely distributed, but packaging the redistributable should be enough.

The roaming data folder doesn't make much sense.. how many gamers are going to need their config files propagated through a network? As far as unprofessional, I have to disagree. Personally when I see an installer I see an extra annoyance and nothing more. I do my best to try most indie games I come across, and I'd prefer it if every one didn't take a crap in my start menu and registry.

I realize this is a lot of hot air over a few mouse clicks, but a game launch is a fragile thing and devs need to know about possible causes of annoyance. With thousands of free games a few clicks away, any barrier between the user and playing is potentially fatal. A simple compromise here is to offer two downloads: a setup file and an archive. Make the setup file more prominent, so users without a preference will go for it first. Choice is a good thing -- the concept runs deep in the PC crowd.

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum

You actually care that much to argue back?

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CommandoPoop
CommandoPoop

An installer does look more professional than a zip file.

I'd like to call in to question your point about gfx drivers having the newest directX. I'd say that it doesn't really matter whether the drivers have the newest DX packed with it. Considering 99% of games say update your drivers and even if you have the newest drivers they still check what directX you have and install the one that works with their game (zomg installer makes this process easy on the devs) unless you have newer that is known to work with your game.

I agree with your point of a game launch being fragile but if you get to the point where you're seriously worrying about whether your user base is going to freak out about whether you release with an installer or a zip file you've got your priorities mixed up. I'd say the devs are more worried about hitting their launch date without too many hiccups than ******* off the 2 people in the world who care about whether they released a zip or installer.

In short, your complaint is insignificant.

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MirzaGhalib
MirzaGhalib

Despite the fact that I prefer an installer, I think sinoth actually makes some very good points.

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angelcs
angelcs

Masterpiece ;)

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak

Really, quite unconventional game.
I like.

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mjnowak
mjnowak

Awesome game very original

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tidel
tidel

good job! great concept, but the "awakening" was a bit unspectacular. think of how your normal dreams end. i guess not that way.

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Mischa_Silden
Mischa_Silden

Just tried the game. I played through the first two levels and then needed to quit because I started feeling sick.

I love this game!

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booman
booman

Just Wow! very cool, very different. I love the concept and interaction.
What are the limitations of the engine? Can you create more than animated lines over the objects?
I love the low-frequency and directed pitch.
This is an amazing concept I hope gamers use for more games.
I feel like a bat trying to solve puzzles in the dark.
Great Job.

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medve
medve

reminds me of the daredevil movie. the game itself needs some optimising, but the gameplay itself is very interesting and great.

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PaulDolgov
PaulDolgov

Extraordinary style.

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Blackhawk2
Blackhawk2

Amazing, unique style. I love it

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