|In early tracks it's reasonably easy to see what's going on|
The "groovy things" related activities that Dyad throws at players are quite varied, but shape the game to be a rather abstract arcade racer. Players control a squid-like creature that zips down a glowing tube, grabbing glowing orbs in front of it. Grab two of the same color in a row and get a speed boost, and over time this also leads to the creation of zip lines that, when traveled upon, make the squid go even faster. All the while more and more gameplay mechanics get heaped on and intermingled into the experience, as players unlock more advanced courses.
|In later stages it gets increasingly difficult to pick out|
targets from all the other glowing lights
That being said, if you just toss away any plans of going into Dyad with the intention of really sinking your teeth into some meaty gameplay, it can be reasonably enjoyable. Simply zipping down that glowing tunnel, while various glowing, pulsating lights tickle the brain's pleasure centers feels pretty darn good. It can be quite enjoyable to just go into a sort of mental cruise control, and just enjoy the experience. It's a type of fun that can be had in 10-15 minute doses.
|If one ignores gameplay and just|
wants eye candy, Dyad is good for
For people that simply want an experience full of flashing lights, high speed, and a snazzy soundtrack, Dyad is a game to consider. It's the sort of game that will tickle the senses. However, it's probably best not to get expectations too high in terms of the various gameplay mechanics. There are some good ideas here, but they're overwhelmed by all of the visual effects that are being thrown at the player.
- Pretty lights
- Nice music
- Enjoyable to cruise along and just enjoy the ride
- Visual effects are so overpowering that it takes away from actually enjoying several gameplay elements
- Leaderboards are broken
Score: 7.0 / 10