GAUGE
Gameplay 8
Graphics 8
Sound 8

Gauge is extremely simple to play, but that is exactly why it is so addictive. Anyone can instantly learn how to play the game, but to achieve the big scores requires focus and concentration. This is easier said than done with the game actively trying to break your concentration and mess with your eyes. The psychedelic visuals can cause quite an eye strain so this is a game best played in short bursts, but overall it is a lot of fun.

Gameplay: Very simple, but surprisingly addictive and challenging.

Graphics: Extremely psychedelic and definitely not recommended for anyone with an epileptic condition

Sound: The electronic music and sound effects fits the game perfectly

Summary 8.0 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

GAUGE

Developer: Étienne Périn | Publisher: Neko Entertainment | Release Date: 2014 | Genre: Casual / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

GAUGE is one of those games that are ideal for when you feel like killing some time, but don’t want to invest hours in something more in-depth. Your only purpose is to chase a high score and pressing the Spacebar key is the only thing required to do so. Occasionally you may have to press Spacebar and Ctrl, but that is about as complicated as things get in GAUGE.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that GAUGE is easy though. Tapping Spacebar controls the length of your gauge, but if it touches the inner or outer edges of its confines you lose a life. The closer you can get your gauge to the outer edges the more points you score, but the easier it is to slip up and lose a life. This risk versus reward mechanic makes for very tense and addictive gameplay sessions. There is only one power-up in the game and it always appears close to the inner limit of the gauge bar. You can take a risk and let the gauge drop down in order to grab it, which nets you a bunch of bonus points as well as the option to activate a second gauge that you have to control with the Ctrl key. Using the second gauge doubles your score, but since it moves at a different speed than your primary gauge it can be tricky to prevent them from touching the outer limits.

GAUGE would have been a little boring if tapping Spacebar and Ctrl was all there was to it, so in order to make things a bit more challenging the game continually tries to distract you from your task. Text will randomly pop up in an attempt to draw your attention away from your gauge and pulsating colors place an extra strain on your eyes. The game also plays dirty with stuff like screen shakes and blurring to really mess with your concentration. In fact, things become so psychedelic that the game warns players with epileptic conditions to consult their physician prior to playing. Usually these types of warnings are just in place as a precaution, but in GAUGE I would say that it is absolutely essential that players take heed. This is definitely the type of game where it is probably a good idea to take frequent breaks while playing if you value your eyesight.

While originally a mobile title, GAUGE works pretty well on computer and the psychedelic retro visuals doesn’t look out of place. The price has also been kept pretty low and considering that there are five game modes available I would say that it offers pretty good value for money. In “Normal” mode you try to attain a high score before you run out of lives. You can achieve extra lives while playing and your lives actually serve as your score multiplier as well, so it is not a good idea to waste any if you want to climb the leaderboards. “Baby” mode makes things a bit easier while “Hard” mode on the other hand only gives you one life to play with.

Finally there is a “Timed” mode which only gives you a certain time limit in which to achieve a high score and “Touch” mode where you are only allowed to press the Spacebar a certain amount of times. These modes actually offer some nice variation and will keep you playing for much longer than expected. The PC version also includes some Steam achievements, but don’t expect them to be easy.

The electronic music in GAUGE is a nice match for the psychedelic visuals, although it is also designed to lull you into breaking your concentration. Getting too caught up in the music can cause you to start timing your button presses to the beats which rarely ends well. I wouldn’t call GAUGE a relaxing game as blinking at the wrong time can literally cost you a life, but like all score chasing games it will put you in that hyper focused zone where you can forget about your surroundings.

The game is being advertised as an experimental and minimalistic sport game, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it is like anything you might see on ESPN. To the casual observer, it will more than likely resemble something that might have been used by some secretive government agency or cult to brainwash people. For all I know they might be correct as I enjoyed the game way more than I thought I would and it is something that I will return to regularly.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Compatible DirectX 9.0c
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Audio standard
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Compatible DirectX 9.0c
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Audio standard

Related posts

Borderlands: The Zombie Island Of Dr. Ned

Borderlands: The Zombie Island Of Dr. Ned

The Zombie Island Of Dr. Ned is a good example of how to do DLC properly. With some nice new areas, a new visual palette and an interesting storyline this should definitely not be missed. Zombies have been done to death before (pun intended) but Borderlansd proves that there is still some life left in the undead. Gameplay: A tighter story and lots of zombie killing action. Graphics: A completely new look and feel for the game. Sound: Good but would have liked to hear some new battle cries.

Jets’n’Guns Gold

Jets'n'Guns Gold

Despite not being a new release Jets'n'Guns Gold is still able to go toe to toe with newer titles. The action is relentless and the sheer amount of enemies and levels is quite amazing considering the low price tag. This is not an easy game, but persevere and it will have you hooked for hours. Gameplay: Old school side scrolling shooter done right. Graphics: Colourful and chaotic. Sound: Energetic soundtrack with plenty of sound effects to back up the action.

Streets of Rogue

Streets of Rogue

Streets of Rogue is a deceptively simple looking game, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll find plenty of depth. It has a large selection of character classes, each with their own unique playing styles and a procedurally generated city in which to cause chaos. The amount of mission objectives is rather limited, but the ways in which you can go about accomplishing them is almost limitless. Overall, Streets of Rogue is an extremely addictive game with a ton of replay value. Graphics: Simple, but not without charm. Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and the sound effects really good too. Gameplay: Extremely addictive and packed with things to do.

Gal*Gun: Double Peace

Gal*Gun: Double Peace

Shooting girls with a pheromone gun in order to provide them with euphoria is every bit as strange in the game as it sounds on paper, but somehow it works. Gal*Gun: Double Peace certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it knows its audience very well, so you can expect plenty of squealing girls and fan service. However, if you look past the ecchi exterior, you’ll also find a very entertaining game with plenty of replay value. It is obviously not a title that is going to appeal to the easily offended, but if you are a fan of anime or manga and can appreciate some slightly lewd humor you’ll have fun with this game. Gameplay: On-rail shooters are still a rarity on PC and this one is a lot of fun. Graphics: Colorful and detailed, but also not without flaws. Sound: Nice soundtrack and good voice acting.

NEKOPARA Vol. 0

NEKOPARA Vol. 0

Since Nekopara Vol. 0 is a fandisc, it is much shorter than Vol. 1. Instead of a big story or any startling revelations it also just focusses on a single day in the lives of the catgirls of the Minaduki household. The writing is entertaining, and the visuals top notch, but anyone not already swayed by the charms of Nekopara Vol. 1 will probably wonder what the fuss is all about. Gameplay: Still a kinetic visual novel, but now with the option to pet the girls. Graphics: Another great demonstration of the E-mote system in action. Sound: Once again the quality of the voice acting is very good.

Warhammer: Chaosbane

Warhammer: Chaosbane

Warhammer: Chaosbane is an isometric action role playing game that is set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles Universe. It offers four diverse characters to play with and also allows players to join up three other friends either locally or online. The game is really enjoyable, but a bit rough in places, especially in terms of variety and loot. It is fun while it lasts, but currently the amount of end-game content that is available is not as good as it could have been. Hopefully future updates to the game will continue to build on its solid base, but until then it is bound to disappoint some players who expected more depth as well as variety. Gameplay: Great selection of characters and plenty of skills to use on hordes of enemies. Graphics: Very detailed, but it doesn't take long to see everything the game has to offer. Sound: Decent music, but some of the voices could have been much better.

Leave a comment

4 × 1 =