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Halcyon for iOS

By Zach Gage Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 21, 2014

Halcyon is an innovative game that challenges you to join like circuits together while keeping unlike circuits apart by making links between strings. As you pass one test, a new, more challenging one is presented, and the musical accompaniment helps to create a surreal atmosphere as you work your way through the levels.

Pros

Straightforward mechanics: The controls of this game are deceptively easy. All you have control over is where you build links between the various strings that the currents are traveling across. Draw a bridge in the appropriate place to facilitate a meeting between two like currents, and then move on to another pair. While this is an easy enough task to perform, the continuously changing nature and positioning of the currents appearing on the screen keeps you on your toes.

Musical component: In addition to the entrancing background music, this app also incorporates music into the act of gameplay. Each time you build a bridge, you're effectively strumming the strings that the currents are traveling on, causing them to emit their own unique pitch to add to the experience.

Multiple modes: There are four different areas that you can play through in this game. You can also choose to play in an endless mode that adjusts its difficulty based on your performance.

Cons

Gets hard fast: Difficulty does increase quite quickly in this game, which may be frustrating for new players. But if you can stick it out, you'll almost certainly be hooked.

Bottom Line

Halcyon is a unique type of gameplay experience. It combines spatial puzzles and music in innovative ways to create a world you won't want to leave and where you'll often find yourself losing track of time. It's free to download and play without limits.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2

- Finding things too difficult? This update adjusts the difficulty to make for a better curve. Don't worry though, the end levels are still very hard :)- Minor UI Fixes- Minor Bug Fixes

General

Release February 4, 2011
Date Added February 4, 2011
Version 1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPad. iTunes account required.

Popularity

Total Downloads 25
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

New from the creator of Bit Pilot, Unify, and SynthPond. With Music by Kurt Bieg* A 2011 Independent Games Festival Finalist for Best Mobile Game! *"Innocently sucks you in for hours." - ABC News4/5 Stars - iOS Game of the Day for January 13th"A deep and challenging action-puzzler that's a natural fit for Apple's tablet." - GamePro"a lovely aesthetic and a powerful dose of addictiveness.""brings to mind Rez"-TouchArcade"If youve an iPad, do yourself a favor and buy this game."PodGamer ESSENTIAL Award- PodGamer.com"Fresh, engaging and fiercely challenging; if youre looking for something thats unlike many iPad games out there right now then you should get this one." - 148apps*Exhibited in the Giant Robot Magazine: Pixel Pushers show*9/10 - theiPadTop.com"Just the thing to fill the gaping void in your otherwise perfectly balanced modern life." - EuroGamer.netTwo Thumbs Up - ExtraLives.tv* A Unique Action Puzzle Game *Halcyon is named for the mythological bird of ancient Greece, said to charm the winds and seas into a calm during the Winter Solstice.Gameplay is one part spacial action puzzler and one part interactive stringed instrument combined in an experience designed specifically for the iPad. Colored currents travel inexorably toward each other. Strum the strings to match the currents, creating both phonic and visual harmony. Take on the role of the Halcyon, conducting nature, untangling currents, and bringing calm to the wind, sea, land, and stars.* A Generative Musical Instrument *Halcyon features a complete generative soundtrack that becomes an instrument when you play the game. Since its designed to accompany you while you play, you'll create tranquil sonic landscapes as you travel along.* Tons of Gameplay *: 36 Levels through Four Environments: Two Endless Modes that dynamically adjust difficulty based on how you are doing: A Twelve Song Generative Soundtrack: OpenFeint + Game CenterIf you enjoyed Unify, you'll love Halcyon