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Tidalis is a block-based puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new "streams" mechanic. The basic rules of the game are this: blocks fall down into the board and have a color and an arrow direction. If a stack of blocks exceeds the height of the board, you lose. In order to clear blocks, you must right-click and drag paths through the arrows to set up chain reactions of like-colored blocks.

If this sounds simple, that's because it is -- you'll be lining up lengthy chains within minutes. But you'll be surprised how much brainpower it takes to set up combos of multiple chains, and the many brainteaser-style puzzles include some real stumpers. Tidalis has co-op and competitive multiplayer modes (offline only in this beta version); action-oriented modes and timer-less brainteasers; a lengthy, casual-friendly adventure mode; fifteen unique game modes providing innumerable twists to the basic gameplay; dozens of special blocks and items; and over fifty minutes of beautiful music to go with the painterly art.

In short, several games' worth of content are built on top of this core mechanic, which you'll quickly find to be as iconic as it is novel.

For more information: Arcengames.com

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0 comments by cupogoodness on Sep 9th, 2013

Our Humble Bundle Weekly Sale, which kicked off last Thursday, has now surpassed 40,000 sales and $135,000 earned! 

With three days* remaining in the sale (at time of writing), we're still trying to get the word out to everyone who might be interested in owning our entire catalog for a Lincoln and change. So special thanks to all those helping with the retweeets, facebook posts, and other methods of spreading the news -- it's massively appreciated.

There's been a nice outpouring of support from the press for the sale as well, along with some PAX previews on Bionic Dues and other new Arcen-related coverage to share:

Interviews/Podcasts
The Game Design Round Table -- Episode #39: Skyward Collapse, AI and Business. With Chris Park
Indie Game Magazine -- Developer Chat: Chris Park On 'Skyward Collapse' Expansion 'Nihon no Mura'
Game Wisdom Podcast w/ Chris Park -- Bionic Dues and Don'ts with Skyward Collapse
The Diecast Podcast Episode #26 (A Valley Without Wind discussed)

Bionic Dues/Humble Weekly Sale

Somnambulant Gamer -- Bionic Dues: Mechs vs. the World
SquiiddishGaming -- Pax Prime 2013- Bionic Dues Gameplay!
PC Gamer -- See the first screenshots of Arcen’s next game: the roguelike-like Bionic Dues
Rock, Paper, Shotgun -- Arcen Anounce Bionic Dues, Do Humble Bundle
PC Gamer -- AI War, Skyward Collapse, and the rest of the Arcen catalogue are this week’s Humble sale
IndieGames.com -- The humble bundling of Arcen Games
VG247 -- AI War, Shattered Haven and more in latest Humble Weekly Sale
Examiner -- Arcen Games in this weeks Humble Sale
Just Press Start -- Humble Weekly Bundle Featuring Arcen Games!
Game Debate -- Humble Weekly Bundle From Arcen Games
EzPzJoystiq -- A Valley Without Wind 1 Humble BundleМаксим Соколов -- Humble Bundle Presents A Valley Without Wind 2

Skyward Collapse
A Bear In Clothing -- Skyward Collapse turns the god game genre on its head
Game Podunk -- Review: Skyward Collapse (9/10)
Video Games Uncovered -- Skyward Collapse Review (75/100)
Game Critics -- Skyward Collapse Review
Blackman'n Robin -- Skyward Collapse Review (3.5/5)
Nerd Maldito -- Skyward Collapse: A game about war and free will (Portuguese)
War Gamer -- Skyward Collapse Review (French)
Blue's News -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Preorders
PC Games Network -- Skyward Collapse expansion Nihon no Mura on its way
Rock, Paper, Shotgun -- Skyward Collapse’s Nihon no Mura Expansion
PC Gamer -- Skyward Collapse to get first expansion, Nihon no Mura
VG247 -- Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura expansion hits beta
IndieGames.com -- The Japanese join the Norse and the Greeks on Skyward Collapse
Gamer's Hell -- Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Released and Trailer
Game 4 Me -- Skyward Collapse expansion in beta and pre-order via website (Dutch)
Game Side Story -- An extension for Skyward Collapse (French)
Pixel Perfect Gaming -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura – Now Available for Pre-Ordering
Game Is War The Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Expansion Enters Beta (Spanish)
I Luv Games -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Expansion Beta Pre-order
JayPlaysIndieGames -- Skyward Collapse Episode 4 The World Tree Returns

Everything Else
ZinthoGaming -- AI War: Building up the Home World
Various Ren -- AI War - Part 2: Swaphilia, the Love of Swapping my Bullets for their Systems
Infognito -- A Valley Without Wind 11 Co-op with Denox (Russian)
Kikiokyo -- Tidalis Adventure
My Play -- Tidalis Review (Italian) (8/10)

*Sale ends Thursday, September 12th at 11 AM Pacific.Originally posted: Arcengames.blogspot.com

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Tidalis 1.016 OSX Installer

Tidalis 1.016 OSX Installer

Jan 19, 2011 Full Version 0 comments

This release doesn't include any new content, but it really improves the game in general. The biggest change here is an upgrade of the Unity 3D engine...

Tidalis 1.016 Windows Installer

Tidalis 1.016 Windows Installer

Jan 19, 2011 Full Version 0 comments

This release doesn't include any new content, but it really improves the game in general. The biggest change here is an upgrade of the Unity 3D engine...

Tidalis 1.005 Mac Installer

Tidalis 1.005 Mac Installer

Aug 18, 2010 Full Version 0 comments

This official release includes a lot of new stuff for players to enjoy, a lot of it suggested by fans. It adds the new VS - Race multiplayer ruleset for...

Tidalis 1.005 Windows Installer

Tidalis 1.005 Windows Installer

Aug 18, 2010 Full Version 0 comments

This official release includes a lot of new stuff for players to enjoy, a lot of it suggested by fans. It adds the new VS - Race multiplayer ruleset for...

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muntdefems
muntdefems Mar 26 2013, 3:28pm says:

Just bought The Mighty Bundle, mainly for Waveform 'cos I'm a Linux user and I already own Avadon.

Since Tidalis runs on Unity, have you considered porting it to Linux and thus enlarging my Desura Linux games collection? : )

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mylogin
mylogin Aug 24 2011, 6:46pm says:

do i get a steam activation code ?

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m101
m101 Mar 15 2011, 1:21pm says:

can you play this in multiplayer over the internet? or only the same PC...

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PhilllChabbb
PhilllChabbb Mar 15 2011, 1:30pm replied:

You can play, 2 player at the same time on the same PC or over the internet. :)

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IndieBase
IndieBase Mar 10 2011, 11:19pm says:

So underrated... :/

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Shardz
Shardz Feb 3 2011, 8:44pm says:

Arcen games is the epitome of what Indie game companies should be about in every sense. I have been a supporter since AI War 2.0 and have since purchased every expansion for numerous reasons. Besides the fact that their games are extremely well thought-out and fun, the quality level of production is always fantastic.

Tidalis...a simple little match-three game in a sea of match-three games, right? Well, no. This title took the entire genre and rewrote the book on game play mechanics completely. With all Arcen games, Tidalis offers numbers modes, including a brainteaser mode, which is so well done that you wonder why nobody thought of it earlier. The production values are amazing and for the price, it's easily an instant purchase.

With all Arcen titles, you get something that isn't necessarily in the brochure; the relentless pursuit of quality assurance. I have seen a few Indie companies really go the extra mile for their fans and roll out the free DLC and goodies and keep the patches and new features rolling in, but Arcen leads the pack in support and direct communication in their forums.

I didn't mean to write a book here, but it's difficult to stop summarizing all the good points of supporting this company because they make what gamers crave and do it in style.

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TheGameSquid
TheGameSquid Oct 2 2010, 7:32pm says:

I got to be honest here guys, I only tried out Tidalis because I love AI Wars (though I'm absolutely TERRIBLE at it) and Arcen Games is one of my biggest examples as an indie developer. I usually don't like puzzle games because they are too abstract for me. I tend to like games that have an actual sense of place, actual space that I can explore. I only play Tetris for the music.

But I was blown away by the Demo of Tidalis. The "stream" mechanic is so well done, the game is very fluid, there's a whole lot of variation going on and it's surprisingly challenging when you really start getting into the core mechanics of the game.

So yeah, I've been an *******. I dismissed the game purely on the grounds that it was a match-three game. I'll try to buy the game as soon as I've got some cash (I'm a poor bum), because I REALLY enjoyed my time with the (big) demo.

To anyone else here, don't be an ******* like me and at least try the game. It's really worth the measly price Arcen Games is asking for it. I don't think you'll regret it.

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SolidFake
SolidFake Aug 19 2010, 8:02am says:

looks interesting
simple, but yet innovative concept
I'll give it a try

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criverbulldog
criverbulldog Jul 21 2010, 2:14am says:

Played for an hour and a half today. The game is polished. It's very nifty how it works as a strategic turn-based puzzle and as an intense high-speed block dropping game, just by switching the game type. The random game types I tried were fun (especially the one where the water is rising and you have to drop sponges down to soak it up). Liked the art/music, too.

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PhilllChabbb
PhilllChabbb Jul 21 2010, 4:20pm replied:

Glad you like it! :) Hope you have a chance to play a bit more sometimes. :D

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Great puzzle game based on a new, different type of mechanism. Created by the same company that did AI War Fleet Command, so expect a game that's not like anything else out there. The only possible problem, I also consider an advantage. There's an incredible number of options available that can lead to a huge variety in the game. I can see this as being confusing to some people. I think it's a great, addictive game and I'm not even into puzzle games all that much.

Nov 16 2010, 5:32pm by dlcooper

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