Explore the Multiverse of Augmented Sound:
Dimensions is an iOS game app that uses augmented sound -- warping ambient noises from the user's own environment -- to create a multi-level universe, or "multiverse" that players traverse in search of artifacts.
The game, available free from the App Store, collects data using sensors built into the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, which it combines with music to create a shifting soundscape for an unfolding adventure.
Though not designed as an "accessible game," Dimension's reliance on sound has made it popular among blind and visually impaired iPhone users.?
Dimensions, developed by the British company Reality Jockey, Ltd, is as much about providing an enhanced sensory experience in an altered reality as it is about competition.
Become a Dimensionaut
In Dimensions, players, called Dimensionauts, explore the Multiverse. You can go it alone, or team up with friends logging in through Facebook or Twitter.
Unlike most games, Dimensions does not require one's full attention. You can play it as you go about your day. You're "inside" the game, doing things in real time and real life.
The object of the game is to unlock and infiltrate new dimensions, collect artifacts, and defend yourself against the Nephilim.
The game's story and characters -- including Emily from Mission Control -- create a virtual soundscape that changes automatically when you change your location.
As you explore, the unfolding soundscape of the Multiverse blends noises from your world with music by Hans Zimmer -- the German composer famous for his use of electronic sounds in orchestral arrangements. Zimmer's film scores include The Lion King, Gladiator, and Inception.
The app pulls in data from your surroundings, including movements, ambient noise, and time of day. The multiverse has five "dimensions":
- Kinetic: activated as you walk, providing a beat that speeds up and becomes more complex the faster you walk
- Flux: activated automatically when you're in a loud environment
- Tranquil: activated when you're in a quiet environment
- Ghost: activated only between midnight and 1 a.m.
- Collective: activated when you login at the same time as one or more of your Twitter or Facebook friends.
Dimensions App Requirements
- Requirements: iOS 5.0 or higher
- Compatibility: iPhone 3GS, 4, & 4S; iPod 4G; and iPad 1, 2, & 3
- Size: 141 MB.
Dimensions version 1.9 offers a new way to get Quantum cells for free and enhancements to detection in the Ghost Dimension.