This is kind of freaking amazing.
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Plonat Atek is a polar breakout-like game that is played by viewing the Audio output on a Vectorscope/Oscilloscope.
It also features an audiovisual (8-beat-short) soundtrack and sound effects! Since what you see on the 'scope is the sound, the sound effects double as visual feedback/impact effects and the soundtrack has been hidden in the graphics.
The project was built in PureData, a visual programming language for audio, or a digital modular synthesizer if you will. It requires a few modules from
zexy, an extension to vanilla PureData (I have created this game in pd-extended, which includes
zexy and other extensions).
There is also a .wav file for those who cannot or don't want to run PureData but want to check if that sound-is-image thing is really true :P
You will also either need a real Oscilloscope (in which case I would loooove a video of yours!) or an emulator, like these two:
- https://dood.al/oscilloscope/ (web)
- https://asdfg.me/osci/ (win/mac/linux)
- https://github.com/Foohy/Oscillofun#user-content-download (win, simplest setup but worst graphcis)
Unfortunately the Setup takes a few steps. It is worth it in my experience though - not because of my game, but because of all the other stuff you can look at as well:
- Jerobeam Fenderson's Original Video and Oscilloscope Music
- Oscillofun video/song
- lot's of normal songs you like
Quick & Dirty Version
On Windows, you can download the
Windows Bundle, which contains the source patch, PureData itself, and the simplest Oscilloscope Emulator I could find.
This Oscilloscope emulator is the most basic though, and looks the worst - it really doesn't showcase the game well, so if you are willing to spend a bit more time or effort than just unpack + doubleclick, and maybe learn a bit about the audio signals you hear every day, I strongly encourage you to read the download and setup instructions for a full setup guide.
Just open run.bat and when everything has opened and you hear loud, random sounds, focus a PureData window and use the arrow keys to play.
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Release date||Apr 22, 2017|
|Tags||audio, audio-only, Breakout, Ludum Dare 38, oscilloscope, pd, puredata|
|Average session||A few minutes|
|Accessibility||Color-blind friendly, High-contrast, Textless|
|Links||Ludum Dare, Homepage, Twitter|
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