"You are Catherine Dubont.
The Laser Drill opened a cavern 10 miles beyond the surface of the earth.
They installed an elevator which you and some others took to go down all the way into the world of the unknown.
As you almost reached the bottom of the drill hole, the elevator rope broke and the cabin dropped down the last 100 feet.
Everyone is dead. All lights are gone.
The only thing you have left is your modern sonar scanner."

"SONAR" is an exploring-/horror-game with a minimum of graphics and a focus on sound-design instead. Though Catherine can't see anything, the player has to use the Sonar-O-Matic 3000, a futuristic sonar device with which she can scan her surroundings. Stuck in the dark, with no hope for rescue, Catherine has to encounter that she is not alone down here...

The game is entirely written in C# with XNA 3.0, using original graphics and music. Most of the soundeffects were found at www.freesound.org.

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the first screenshot of SONAR+ first level loaded in Unity Editor Porting SONAR to Unity3D
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1 comment by JimSlade on Apr 17th, 2013

I really had fun programming on the Unity powered version of SONAR. I learned something about Unity, improved my coding skills and learned what a mess the code of SONAR really is ;) But to be honest, since the last post here on indiedb I never touched it again. The first reason was that I had to implement a workaround for the loading and saving of the levels which was easy in XNA but came out to be difficult using Unity. So I started to procrastinate...

But that's not the whole story. As I indicated earlier I have a fulltime job now which is really time consuming and lets little room to follow my hobbies. The job is great, though! I'm working at one of europe's most influencial animation studios and write concepts and treatments for children series now which is a lot of fun. Also, me and some others were building up this companies' game department (sounds big, but it's still indie, trust me). Those others are the guys from Golden Tricycle. Together with them I finally could do my hobby a profession and now work on a game for real money - not the few bucks, SONAR made - seriously: thanks for everybody who contributed and gave feedback!!

So, SONAR is (quite) dead right now, but the other project CLARK, Matthias, Felix, Maria, Hernan, Marco, Jonathan and Ella (and some other guys) are working on is hot and alive as hell! Maybe you stumbled over it while surfing on indiedb, for those who don't, here is a nice ingame video of that thing:

I am responsible for the whole narration and some additional programming. It's a nice team, a nice location and we have a lot of fun.

I'm not on this photo because I'm too ugly. That's also why I have to use Robocop as my avatar... :(

P.S.: I am putting together a selfmade 2D engine in Monogame in my freetime. There is some code of SONAR in there. So SONAR's DNA is still around. It heart still pumps... maybe it gets a second chance...

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SONAR second demo

SONAR second demo

Oct 5, 2011 Demo 6 comments

The second demo of SONAR, containing 2 Levels and nearly every single gameplay element.

SONAR demo

SONAR demo

Sep 14, 2011 Demo 9 comments

Demo of SONAR containing the first level of the game.

Oxygen gets low...

Oxygen gets low...

Sep 10, 2011 Audio 0 comments

Song played when oxygen level reaches critical minimum (no more than 3 minutes left).

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crowfeathers Sep 9 2012, 6:18pm says:

When I try to launch the game, I get a SONAR has stopped working box. What's up?

(I should mention I bought it on Indievania)

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JimSlade Creator
JimSlade Sep 10 2012, 1:38pm replied:

You could use the forums ;) Indiedb.com

What system do you use? Is it the same box torvaldsen talked of below?

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torvaldsen Aug 17 2012, 5:44am says:

Hey! I was thinking about buying the game, but of course at first I wanted to try out the demo to make sure, that it's indeed as awesome as it looks. But both demos won't run at all.

Of course I have NET Framework 3.5SP1 as well as 4.0. I've installed XNA Framework 3.1 as well as 4.0 too. Yet, it's no good. I tried restarting computer after installation of your demos, reinstalling the game and yet, nothing helps.

I use Windows Vista 64bit.

Do you have any idea, what is the cause?

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JimSlade Creator
JimSlade Aug 19 2012, 10:18am replied:

Is there an error message box or an entry in the system logs? Also, what graphics card and drivers do you use?

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torvaldsen Aug 20 2012, 8:58am replied:

No error message, just that "Sonar stopped working" window pops out. I wonder, what kind of problem I have.

I have Geforce GTX 560 Ti with Xtreme-G nVidia drivers version 304.48.

In system logs, there's this:

Stopped working

Podpis problému
Název události problému: APPCRASH
Application Name: Sonar.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 4e8c7b9f
Fault Module Name: KERNEL32.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6002.18449
Fault Module Timestamp: 4da47a32
Exception Code: e0434f4d
Exception Offset: 0001c83b
Verze operačního systému (version of OS): 6.0.6002.
ID národního prostředí (national environment?): 1029

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JimSlade Creator
JimSlade Aug 20 2012, 12:23pm replied:

I think it's the 32 Bit compatibility mode that causes trouble. I just opened a forum thread: Indiedb.com

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Godofdrakes May 16 2012, 11:05am says:

Quality game. I just wish the enemy's screams were a little quieter.

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mik3k May 15 2012, 5:13am says:

$1.99 - Just buy it. What a unique game. The graphics suck, but that's how I like my games sometimes (dwarf fortress). Great idea for a game - even better executed that I would have thought possible. Price is a steal. Thanks.

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vessedeloup Dec 22 2011, 11:48am says:

Sonar would make an amazing and very unique Android or iOS game, but it may have a bit to many limitations or too much competition to make a lasting impression on the PC scene.

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A_Dungeon Dec 6 2011, 8:14am says:

looks pretty...

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