So at one time I was streaming through a list of indie games, and no matter how many times I felt uninterested, I kept looking at the title: Auditorium HD. To merger my curiosity, I had to check this game out from other sites. And thus, I had an urge to buy Cipher Prime's award-winning indie title.
Auditorium starts off directly at the puzzle selection, whereas they come in different sets of soundtracks and you need to complete a series of puzzles from one soundtrack to unlock the next. For example, the first soundtrack is called "Feather." Complete the challenges from that song to reach the next soundtrack. The next-gen console version of this game, Auditorium HD, is also packed with the Classic menu, where you can play the puzzles from the original Auditorium flash game.
Auditorium is a puzzle music game with only one objective: redirect the stream of light towards a number of audio containers. The puzzle is complete once all the containers are full. To redirect that stream of light, you need to use these buttons called Controls; each of them control the light differently. You can increase the size of these Controls to control the stream more, but the light becomes more dense and harder to reflect.
What makes this game truly engaging for me was the music that plays while I focus on how to fill these audio containers. That was only during the first four soundtracks. The farther you progress, the more difficult this game becomes. Some puzzles require you to repel and retract the light at the same time. Others require you to split the light in half. There are even puzzles that encourage you to improvise without any indication. Auditorium might have a steep learning curve for some people, but I find this type of challenge to be worth my while as I kept using my mind to figure out how to solve these twisted puzzles.
The music is Auditorium's greatest charm. As you try to fill the audio containers, you are completely immersed with the beautiful orchestral violins and pianos. You may come across a song to enjoy while completing these puzzles. Given that I'm quite a music junkie, this is the main reason why I don't regret playing this game.
Auditorium is a truly unique experience unlike any puzzle game I've seen before. it deserves the awards it has earned for it's design. Despite that this game is rather difficult and it could take a while for anyone to complete all the soundtracks, I humbly suggest people to buy this game and try it out. If puzzle games are your preference or if you want to try something unique, Auditorium is there for you.
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In Auditorium, the player uses various game mechanics to bend streams of light particles to fill audio containers. As each of the audio containers is filled, an audio channel introducing an instrument or sound is added to the game's music. In most levels, the audio containers are a variety of colors which the particle stream must match in order to fill it. The player changes the color of the stream by manipulating it over fixed areas of the level which dye the particles as they pass through them. The goal of each level is to direct and split the stream in such a way that each audio container is filled simultaneously, revealing the level's full soundtrack.
A variety of control points are available to the player, each of which modifies the trajectory of the particle stream in a certain way. In each level, the player is given a set selection of control points which they place in certain positions in the level. These controls include:
The Directional Control accelerates the particle stream toward a set direction.
The Attraction Control attracts the particle stream towards it.
The Repulsion Control repels the particle stream away from it.
The Rabbit Control energizes the particles, increasing their speed.