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PAX East: Dyad is Gyruss for aliens

9:30 PM on 03.14.2011 // Jonathan Holmes

Tucked away in the back of PAX East was a little game called Dyad. It's incredibly fun; deep yet simple, meditative yet heart thumping,  just like many of my favorite games of this generation. Every level of Dyad that I played introduced a new gameplay mechanic, but the game never strayed a its simple "move, lock-on, shoot" rhythm that's so intuitive and gratifying. 

Also simple-yet-complex is the story of the man who made Dyad, and the little homemade roller coaster that he made to play it in. I've never met anyone quite like Shawn McGrath before. He made this game because he didn't think Kenta Cho's classic shmup Torus Trooper was a good enough game. Thanks to his dissatisfaction, the world is now a better place.

Above is the finely edited version of my Dyad hands-on/interview. Below is the unedited, direct footage for those of you that like it raw. For more on the games that inspired Dyad, check out the now ancient Dtoid review of Blast Works.


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