Déjà vu: A Game Audio Experience

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Hi all!

At Burn Interactive Sound we decided to make a video game about the importance of game audio.  We’re happy to announce that we’ve finally released it! It’s free, and you can play it now! “Déjà Vu – A Game Audio Experience” is a co-production with our super talented friends from Glitchy Pixel who helped us with the programming and art :)

Play it now, it’s free!

Download it or play it online HERE.

What’s the game about?

Lucid is a little flame that is trapped in suffocating heat and caught up in a constant déjà vu. This is her first adventure that will lead her to discover the importance of audio in video games.  ”Déjà Vu” is a short platformer game with 5 levels that will allow you to explore dynamic music, constructed languages, emotional sound, and lots of more! If things go as planned, this will be the first release of a series of games that address different aspects related to audio. Watch a video with some gameplay footage below:

 

Audio to influence the perception of the image

Our goal was to make a game that could demonstrate the importance of sound. However, we didn’t have much budget, so we decided to make a story that would revolve around a déjà vu – this way we would only need one scenery (ideal for our finances). This would also allow us to demonstrate how sound can influence the perception of an image; as you’ll experience in the game, changing the sound of a single scene can completely change the whole game experience. Sound can influence your emotions at subconscious levels. Sound can manipulate your thoughts and make you believe that something is sad, or happy, or scary. The potencial of sound is huge but barely exploited among many developers.

Interactive Music: Blocks and Layers

The music in Déjà Vu is Dynamic. This is necessary to avoid tracks from sounding repetitive. Each theme changes depending on the actions of the player. They are structured with blocks so that each song can respond better to gameplay. In addition, the music in level 3 is made up of layers that are useful to add variety to the game.

Tools and Technical Aspects

Déjà Vu was developed in Unity. We wanted to implement dynamic music, but we also wanted the game to be available to play online. Unfortunately, Unity isn’t very flexible for audio, and we began to have gaps and pops between music blocks. We thought about using middleware such as Wwise, but it was not compatible with Web. Finally, we decided to use Fabric, a plug in that is basically an extension of the audio system in Unity. By the way, we’d like to give a special thanks to Italo Capasso, programmer of the game, for having done such an awesome work and being so patient with us.

The standalone of the game is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can also play it online through our landing page if you have Firefox or Safari.

Deja Vu LandingPage

Image of our landing page. Click on it to visit it and play the game online!

Who we are

We are three founders at BURN Interactive Sound: Tariq Burney, Filo Martínez-Aparicio, and Naila Burney. We are all based in Bogota :)

Tariq is a Sound Designer, Rec & Mix Engineer, Haiku Writer, Barman, Live Sound Mixer, Time Traveling Video gamer, Randomness Encourager and Musician from Bogota. Check his personal soundcloud here.

Filo is a Music composer/producer/game audio maniac who’s always ready and willing to try new ways of music interactivity and composition. Check his Synth-Pop side project DENIM!

Naila is the manager of these two chaps. She’s the one in charge of all the PR, marketing, and all that stuff. She’s also the sound designer of the team. Naila runs a game audio blog for the Spanish speaking community available at this link.

Preguntas

A picture of us at a talk we gave about fictional languages at the event “Colombia 3.0″

Our co-partners!

Our partner developer for this project was GLITCHY PIXEL, comprised of Diana Pacheco (artist) and Italo Capasso (programmer). Yes, they are the creators of Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror. Both did an outstanding work and we are very grateful for having them helping us out :)

Credits

Game Design and Audio by Burn Interactive Sound.

Music for the home and level 1: Filo Martínez-Aparicio. Music for level 3 and Credits Theme: Tariq Burney. Lucid’s Voice: Naila Burney. God Flame’s Voice: Filo Martínez-Aparicio. Sound Design: Naila Burney. Game Design: Tariq Burney.

 

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Art and Programming by Glitchy Pixel.

Art: Diana Esperanza Pacheco. Programming: Italo Capasso.

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Final words

We hope you enjoy the game. Yes, we know it’s short, but it’s a start and we’re looking for support so we can continue with the series of Lucid’s game audio adventures! Help us spread the word and feel free to share the links to the game. Please visit our sites for more info about us and our projects :)

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