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GIMME INDIE GAME: THE TURING-TEST CALISTHENICS OF CHRISTIAN SCHNELLMANN’S HUMAN AEROBICS


11.16.2012

Brandon Boyer

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Even though I haven’t had a chance to play with another human, I’m more or less instantly crazy charmed by Christian ‘Reduktion‘ Schnellmann’s Human Aerobics, which there’s little other way to describe than a mashup between Dance Dance Revolution & Chris Hecker’s SpyParty.

The strictly 2-player game takes the latter’s “reverse Turing” mechanics, where one player tries to sniff out which is the human in a line-up of computer-controlled players, and sets it in a retro-jazzercize studio, where the other is frantically trying to keep their cool with a standard pattern-matching rhythm game.

It’s a dead-simple idea perfectly executed, and easily the week’s best free download — be sure to stop by his Reduktion site where he’s got many more beautiful art/games to explore, including Flight Simulator 0 (shown above), a goal-less iOS diversion that sees you piloting a paper plane through a near note-for-note replica of the low-poly landscape I’d always hoped someone would crib from Takuya Hosogane’s gorgeous motion-graphics piece Vanishing Point. [via IndieGames]