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Spectrum: An Elegy for Piano
 
 
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Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Posted
Mar 7, 2015 @ 10:23am
Description
A Beautiful Musical Puzzle-Adventure Game
Spectrum is a puzzle-based adventure game designed around the concept of synesthesia, a unique ability in which the five senses - touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound - overlap. For Timothy, a young synesthete and the main character of Spectrum, sight and sound are intimately mixed. Timothy hears music as color, a skill that allows him to solve intricate puzzles, help the musicians he encounters during his adventures, and bring color back to his gray world

Story
Spectrum tells the story of Timothy Bremont, a boy who has always enjoyed his particular synesthesia - the mixing of sound and color. Surrounded by music since childhood, Timothy has spent years listening to the beautiful works performed in his parents' renowned concert hall. However, when Timothy's mother, a talented pianist, falls ill and passes away, Timothy's father ceases to compose and begins to neglect the concert hall. As the music in his life lessens and eventually stops, all the color Timothy once experienced drains away, leaving the world dull and gray, while his parents' concert hall slowly falls into disrepair.

One day, as Timothy gazes at the colorless world outside his window, he notices a splash of color. A bird rests on a nearby branch, singing a beautiful melody that Timothy perceives in faint shades of red, green, and blue. When the bird flies off, Timothy eagerly follows, and is led to an old playbill of his mother and father. Inspired by the bird's song, and the slight glimmer of color along the edge of the playbill, Timothy decides to fill the concert hall once again with his parents' music.

Setting out on his adventure, Timothy explores many different locations like the Sunset Hotel, Blue Water Aquarium, and Deep Green Wood, meeting various musicians in need of his help. Using his abilities, Timothy solves the musicians' dilemmas, and they join him in his journey to once more fill the world with music, color, and happiness.

Art and Music
Spectrum is a striking visual representation of sound and sight, with artwork that flawlessly interacts with the delightful, original music scored for the game.

Together the music and animation of the game grow and change, livening in tandem as Timothy clears areas of the city and is rewarded with color and music by the musicians he rescues. Beautifully alive with chords and chromatism, Timothy's adventure leads him from shadows of color and whispers of music to a fully orchestrated finale, as he revives the full spectrum of color and sound to his world.

Gameplay
The gameplay involves three similar kinds of puzzles: Environmental, Blackout, and Musical Mystery puzzles.

Environmental:
Timothy must arrange the musical objects in the environment in such a way that the colors and melody match in order to proceed

Blackout:
Because of Timothy's synesthesia, when an object makes a noise in a dark area, he sees a silhouette of light and color. In dark areas like the factory, he has to set up the machines to be able to create a rhythmic path of light to get to the next area.

Musical Mystery:
Parts of a musical melody are missing in the environment, and Timothy must put together the different pieces to figure out what notes to play in order to finish the tune.
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4 Comments
Voidedspace Apr 7, 2015 @ 4:19pm 
Found this game on Kickstarter. It's a real shame that you all won't reach your goal. Still, the premise (story-line, music) is breathtaking. I pray you'll still work on it, even if the funding doesn't pull through!
Hëmøphiliac Mar 15, 2015 @ 1:04pm 
I love the art style. And I'd love to see a game revolving around music.
MasonMartin Mar 10, 2015 @ 11:56pm 
This looks awesome, keep up the good work!
Daggorth Mar 10, 2015 @ 7:25am 
Looks pretty interesting.