Parents' Guide to

Devil's Tuning Fork

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thought-provoking but scary game about being in a coma.

Game Windows 2009
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The concept and presentation are certainly unique, but to enjoy Devil's Tuning Fork is to experience it with an open mind since the premise is really designed to be thought-provoking rather than fun. Once the trick of bouncing the tuning fork's sound waves off of the environment to look around and move, it becomes apparent that the game is at heart a simplistic platformer with moving platforms to ride, crumbling floors to avoid, and swinging hammers and blocks to dodge. The fact that the game relies on puzzles rather than weapons and person-to-person combat is refreshing. Players who are prone to motion sickness should beware, however, as the undulating effect of the sound waves on stripey, cavernous walls can be disorienting. Taken for what it is, a free download that pushes a new boundary in how players can navigate video game environments, Devil's Tuning Fork is worth a look - just be aware that it's likely to go over the heads of a lot of gamers who have been conditioned to expect more traditional or user-friendly experiences.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: DePaul University
  • Release date: December 4, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: March 21, 2019

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