Supersensory

Supersensory represents a paradigm shift in concept, focus, and intensity of our resolve. It embodies the very intent of our initial vision, so many hours ago, hours spent questioning everything. And yet, despite it all, it was the minutes that made all the difference.

The Story

In-game screenshot of the word LOVE floating in colorful lettersHarness the power of emotions to achieve a greater goal. You will go on a journey in search of colors that represent the complex array of emotions that we all embody. Use the spectrum of light to guide you. Be warned: this visceral path will show you all that the human heart is capable of. Choose your color carefully...

Picture yourself as an entity of light and color, and imagine that how you illuminate or shade your world alters its very fabric. Welcome to Supersensory, a realm beyond the senses. It is a world defined not by the physical characteristics to which we are accustomed such as density and charge, but rather by the interplay between emotions. In Supersensory, color and emotion are one and the same.

You and your partner take the roles of Lumen and Shade, the embodiments of light and darkness. Inexorably tied and eternally in opposition, these archetypes cannot exist without one another. It is on this bond that we set our scene.

In the beginning, you see, darkness was the only light. From every corner of the universe the lights of dying stars flooded the sensory. Shade looked on with patience, knowing that each pinprick would flash with glorious illumination before fading. As a light body, Shade knew these events were long in the past, separated by millions of years from the present. Yet there stood Lumen, a mere pittance the distance and just as luminous. Shade resolved to strike up a conversation.

“Do you see it?” asked Shade.
“I see nothing.” replied Lumen.
“It is our universe,” said Shade. “It fills us with glorious purpose. It informs our mortality.”
“Nonsense,” said Lumen. “We are eternal!”
And Shade knew that Lumen’s falsity had the ring of truth. For every speck that had burst another multitude had taken its place. “Let’s make us a place!” said Shade.

It began in darkness, for that is the way of things.


The Technology

WARE LogoPlayers experiencing Supersensory via W/ARE can take advantage of Spectrumental’s Adaptive Limbic Heuristics (ALH). Using ALH, Supersensory can procedurally tailor the dialog and pacing such that the players’ experience segues directly from their waking life. Other W/ARE titles attempt to "shoehorn" the player into whatever emotional context the game demands, leading to sim sickness and worse. Supersensory is immune to this phenomenon with the use of ALH.

The spectrum of human emotion provides a rich tapestry on which to craft a story, and all Spectrumental Games feature this fundamental design principle: waking leads to dreaming leads to waking.


Play the Demo

In-game screenshot of a dark, starry sky, colorful mountains, and a fiery ground of lavaIn this prototype you experience the story from Lumen's perspective. Your goal is to make your way to the moon.
This conceptual demo cannot possibly convey what it will feel like to play the finished game, as it will be greatly enhanced with full W/ARE support.

For technical support and any other questions, contact violace#8728 on Discord or send us an email at info@spectrumental.net.

INSTRUCTIONS: Extract the files from the archive and double click the .exe (Windows) or .app (Mac) file to run the game.
We strongly recommend not using a display resolution lower than 1280x720.

TROUBLESHOOTING: Player can't sleep - Spectrumental recommends a naturally sourced Melatonin tablet, perhaps with a glass of warm milk.

WARNING: You are responsible to determine whether you are fit enough to operate the W/ARE device. Anyone who is not capable should be accompanied by a guardian or a W/ARE professional observer.

Windows Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 x64
  • Processor: Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 470 1 GB/AMD HD 7870 2 GB
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
Mac Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • Processor: Dual Core Intel 2.0GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Direct X 9 compliant video card, 2 GB
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
W/ARE Minimum Requirements
  • Brain: Human; Glial cell to neuron ratio > 50:1
  • Mind: Spatial N-space 2 or better
  • Memory: 10 k-meme-hours or better
  • Vision: Tetra-chromatic*
  • Age: 12+
  • No stimulant intake 2 hours before playing
* note: results may vary; players with color vision deficiency report a full tetra-chromatic experience as the physiology of the retina is bypassed. Some users report limited synesthesia when experiencing new sensations for the first time.

Should you glance on mornings lovely
Lift to drink the heaven's blue
Or when sun, veiled by sirocco,
Royal red sinks out of view -
Give to nature praise and honor.
Blithe of heart and sound of eye,
Knowing for the world of colour
Where its broad foundations lie.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe