Excerpt: Imagine you are a particle travelling through the Large Hadron Collider, how would the world appear to you? That is the question Shaun McGrath poses with Dyad , a synesthetic tube-racing puzzler. The answer, it would seem, is like gliding at warp speed through a never-ending display of fireworks, observed through a kaleidoscope.
Conclusion: Dyad is a fantastic debut for ][ studios (that’s read as Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket) and fulfills a gamer’s inner delight for speed. The infusion of ambient electronic music tracks that change depending on the speed with which you travel down tunnels evokes memories of Rez , but Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s game lacks the gorgeousness of Dyad ’s visuals (even if it has the potential to turn players into a dribbling mess).
Excerpt: A lot of people think that, to get by in the video game industry, you need to be backed by a million dollar budget and a roster of talented developers. Actually, the fact is, you just need two basic things – a great idea, and the right person to back it up. Take Shawn McGrath, for instance.
Excerpt: Dyad is one of those wonderful indie titles that's so strange it doesn't even fit easily into an established game genre. Puzzle-racing hybrid is probably the best description one can muster. You play as a particle moving through a cylindrical tube. Steering left or right moves you around the cylinder's boundary and is your only means of steering. Increasing your speed, on the other hand, is not as simple as holding down on an accelerator.
Excerpt: Because of its flashy, colorful, and high velocity approach to puzzle action, Dyad will inevitably draw comparisons to hallucinatory classics like Rez. That’s a disservice to Dyad. Toronto-based indie studio ][ (pronounced “Right Square Bracket, Left Square Bracket”) has concocted a downloadable title that weds fast-paced and challenging action to the sort of intuitive thought processes that drive the finest puzzle and racing games.
Pros: Dazzling design and stellar visuals, Learning curve that starts gently, then ups the ante, The numerous trophy challenges ensure lots of mileage
Cons: Running into difficulty walls, Not a game for trophy hunters, Your bruised ego after checking leaderboards
Excerpt: Dyad seems exactly like the kind of game you’d love to just doze your way through, enraptured by the endless novelty of its sights and sounds. But there is a game here, make no mistake, one possessed of complex, arcane mechanics to match its freaked-out presentation. Will this downloadable PSN game beckon you to an undiscovered country, or is it just an endless shaft of bad vibes?
Conclusion: Dyad calls to mind the pure sense of wonder that would take over when I was six years old and playing Nintendo games in front of a little television. I was completely absorbed and simultaneously amazed that I was affecting the outcome of what was transpiring on screen. Dyad has this effect on me as an adult. Constantly. I almost can't believe the speed at which it seems to be moving, and I'm equally astounded that I'm any damn good at it.