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Duet is yet another stellar entry into the pantheon of challenging minimalist survival games on iOS.

What's New

iPad 1 and iOS 5 support restored! Sorry to everyone that could not continue their “Duet addiction” over the past week!

Due to a bug with the Quickening leaderboard in the previous update we have split the Quickening finesse scores between two boards: Quickening Part 1 and Quickening Part 2. The former tracks Quickening I, II and III. The latter tracks Quickening IV, V, VI.

A small but significant bug with the collision detection was introduced in the last update which has now been rectified. Stage Bargaining IV should now be perfectible again. Thank you Curi42 and AW Prince for your help on solving this!

Also, don’t forget to try listening to the new voice acting from the previous update. Duet soundtrack composer Tim Shiel has collaborated with friend and musician Jojo Petrina to create the voice of Duet - all narrative lines in the game are now spoken in English. Voice over can be disabled in settings if you prefer.

We realise a lot of you just reviewed version 1.2.0 but if you have time please consider reviewing this “bug fix focused” update! Enjoy.

App Description

Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm.

Best, Most Elegant iPhone Games of the Year 2013 - The New Yorker
Mobile Game of the Year 2013 - Kotaku
4.5/5 - Touch Arcade
4.5/5 - 148 Apps
4.5/5 - App Smile
4/5 - App Spy

"...few other games are as fun when you succeed." -- The New Yorker

"It feels as designed as a raindrop, and just as perfect." -- Ben Kuchera, Polygon

"Duet does what the best video games do." -- Kotaku

"Highly Recommended." -- Penny Arcade Report

"Duet looks hard as nails. And I love it." -- Touch Arcade

"Duet is a must-have." -- 148 Apps

"Shiel's soundtrack ... is as innovative as the game it scores." -- Jake Cleland, The Vine

"Your eyes, ears, and thumbs were built to perform this Duet together." -- Indie Games

"...Duet's plaintive and melancholic aesthetic imbues it with a sense of the profound." -- CVG

"But while the aesthetic of Duet is familiar, the gameplay is all new." -- Pocket Gamer

"It is fantastic." -- Tim Rogers

"Duet on iOS. Instant love. Instant." -- Mark Serrels

"It looks positively mind bending, and also, a really good time." -- App Spy

Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels - they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms -- that is Duet.

% NINE CHAPTERS

Experience nine chapters of deceptive narrative and nerve-twisting gameplay. Unlock the bonus Survival chapter for endless score chasing delight. Replay any stage to perfect your movements and unlock over 25 Game Center achievements. This is a game that will test you.

% PERFECT GAMEPLAY

With air tight controls and gameplay that’s tuned to perfection Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction. Touch either side of the screen to twist your vessels and avoid everything in your path. Remember: even that which begins simple can end complex.

% HYPNOTIC AUDIO

An outstanding handcrafted soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel. Nine unique and mesmerizingly beautiful compositions ensure an immersive experience for you at every step of your journey, complemented by full in-game vocal narration by Jojo Petrina.

% FULLY FEATURED

- Full iCloud support - sync your progress across all your devices.
- Universal App - play on your new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini.
- Compete with Game Center on the Survival leaderboard.

% ABOUT KUMOBIUS

Selected for the Indie Showcase at PAX Aus and a finalist in both Game Design and Audio for the Freeplay Festival. This is another award-winning title from the team behind Time Surfer & Bean’s Quest. We call Duet a “Hex-like” in honour of Terry Cavanagh’s contribution to the medium of games and exploration of genres.

% ABOUT TIM SHIEL

Tim Shiel is a composer/producer based in Melbourne. Tim is known to some as Faux Pas, the moniker under which he released a steady stream of constantly shifting electronic music for many years. He is also known for his work as a broadcaster at Melbourne independent radio station 3RRR FM, and for his recent role as multi-instrumentalist in Gotye's live band.

% SUPPORT

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App Changes

July 08, 2014 New version 1.2.1
April 27, 2014 New version 1.2.0
March 25, 2014 Price Decrease: $2.99 -> $1.99
March 25, 2014 New version 1.1.0
February 26, 2014 Price Decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
October 23, 2013 New version 1.0.4
October 10, 2013 Initial Release

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