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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Overall User Score (44 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Out Of Eight (Mar 21, 2008)
The controls are tight and the mechanics are easy to learn. The system requirements are so low that almost everyone can enjoy this game. Audiosurf makes you want to play some of those old CDs you have and see if others have attempted the same songs. This is one of those games that you can play for five minutes, but then five minutes turns into a couple of hours. There is really only one complaint: the inability to create a playlist. You can do songs from the same folder in order, but there are no other options (like a shuffled list) to keep the music playing. But that’s a very minor complaint in what otherwise is a fantastic game. Do you like music? Do you like computer games? (Do you like nachos?) Then get Audiosurf! Oh, and it’s only $10. I got far more than $10 worth of enjoyment out of this quality game. Audiosurf is well worth your time and money.
1UP (Feb 26, 2008)
And that joy is near inexhaustible. I've spent the last week wanting to rush back to my desk whenever a song pops into my head, not just because I want to see what it'll play like, but because I can already imagine it and want to give it a spin. I can see anyone coming back to this again and again over the next few years, and that's more than enough to justify the peanuts they're asking for Audiosurf.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 05, 2008)
The great thing about a game like this, moreso than other rhythm games, is the virtually unlimited replay value. You’re always going to have new albums coming out by your favorite bands, and you’re always going to have people competing with you online for the top scores on your favorite songs – so even if you put this game down for a month or two, you’ll come back again and again to try out all of your new music. The Steam version of the game is an even sweeter deal – it’s only $10, and occasionally goes on sale for $5. FIVE DOLLARS. And with that purchase, you get the entire Orange Box soundtrack to play with for free – and unlike a lot of modern PC games, there’s a free demo available. There’s also the free Audiosurf radio, with new music on all the time. All of this for $10 turns out to be an unbeatable deal that only gets better with time.
Worth Playing (Mar 12, 2008)
If you are not already downloading Audiosurf, you should be going to do so now. The game is simple, it is good, it includes the Orange Box soundtrack, and it's a 10-dollar title that will outlast many 50-dollar games. No more words are necessary; only action is needed. If you are not convinced, watch a few videos. There are top-quality games I have played before and would not recommend to all players. Audiosurf is a top-quality game I recommend to absolutely everyone.
93 (Feb 26, 2008)

לסיכום, אודיוסרף הוא פשוט חוויה עוצרת נשימה. אין אף תמונה שיכולה להדגים את הפליאה והריגוש שיעברו בכם ברגע שאחד השירים האהובים עליכם יהפוך לנסיעה מטורפת ויפיפייה. הרעיון המקורי של המשחק מתורגם למשחקיות ממכרת וחדשנית, ולמרות שהפיתוח הוא עצמאי וצנוע, המשחק אינו נופל ברמתו מאף כותר עדכני אחר. לראשונה מזה זמן רב, חזרה אלי האמונה שבתעשיית המשחקים היצירתיות עדיין עומדת מעל הכסף.

92 (Feb 20, 2008)
The sheer fact that one man has been able to create this game is quite some feat, making the game based on your music means that if you enjoy the racing/puzzling of the main game then you really should have no complaints as you are the one choosing what kind of track you race on. This is a very innovative game, while it may lack depth it is a great game to jump into and spend your time listening to your favourite tunes and having a great time. Further evidence, if needed, of its quality is the fact that it is nominated for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival.
Original gameplay concepts are few and far in-between these days. The ones involving music are even rarer. Which is precisely why Audio-Surf deserves your attention. In terms of content the game is as bare-bones as they get and saying the game is finished would be stretching it a bit. But don’t let that push you away from the best musical game released in a while. Sure, Rock Band has higher production values and is unrivaled at a party, but if you want to experience an entirely new way of listening to your favorite music, Audio-Surf is the way to go!
Atomic Gamer (Feb 22, 2008)
Audiosurf gives you the chance to "play" your music in a way that you've never seen before. The game is simple, addictive, and fun, and the way the track moves and shakes to the beat of the music will keep your attention much better than most casual games. The $10 price tag, community setup, and easy Steam integration (along with things like Steam achievements) will likely ensure this game is still played many months (if not years) down the road. If game developers with budgets a hundred times the size of Audiosurf could come up with such original ideas on a regular basis, well, gaming would be much better than it is today.
Total PC Gaming (Oct 17, 2008)
Audiosurf becomes a hypnotically focusing experience, partly due to the way the music breathes life into the environment, and partly because of the sheer concentration it demands (on anything but ‘easy’ difficulty). You’ve got to look ahead further down the track and simultaneously at the grid, working out what to pick up while steering around with supreme dexterity. There’s a zen-like quality to the game – it becomes a total, almost meditative absorption.
90 (Apr 12, 2008)
What makes Audiosurf special (and otherwise hard to put in a box, considering everybody dreams to sell eye-candy 3D adventures that force you to play them a few hours the least, in a single session) is the fact that it offers entertainment in small bits: you can „audiosurf ” a song and that's it, you've swallowed one anti-stress pill, without any fuss, troubles or too long a break. The game entertains you as much (or as little) as you need - and there si no question that you'll have as much fun playing it even after a few years - Audiosurf has no „death”, no finality, no ending, and you can (and will) absolutely play it over and over again. Frankly, if your pocket allows it, skip the demo version and just buy the game directly - I guarantee you won't regret it.
JustPressPlay (Oct 28, 2008)
The game is brilliant. The graphics are astounding, with trippy hippy-blocks trying to lead you down the path of awesome sounds. If you have not purchased this game, buy it NOW. There is no excuse for any music lover to not buy this game. It's a mere ten dollars, and Dylan deserves all of it. I'm surprised it's not a top-seller, because it's so damn original! Now, it may not be game of the year quality, but it's still pretty damn fun.
Gamernode (Feb 21, 2008)
Like many pieces of media, people might be entertained by Audiosurf for a variety of reasons. Some people might play the game to get the highest score, but for people like me, it's about freely experiencing a passive medium in a new and non-passive way.
IGN Australia (Feb 25, 2008)
Everything about Audiosurf smacks of a polished product that has been born from clear, focused ambition that never overreaches itself. The basic fusion of the core puzzle gameplay and the dynamic spin that the music applies to this is delightfully successful in itself, but is stretched even further by a drive for perfection. The medals awarded in accordance to the score generosity of the chosen song may be fairly dispensable, but this is a game that will enjoy buzzing online leader boards (with a leader board created for every song). As addictive as a post-Tetris puzzle game can hope to be and only US $10, Audiosurf is both a successful proof of concept and a potentially endlessly enjoyable piece of gaming.
Gamer 2.0 (Feb 20, 2008)
AudioSurf is very good value for money. It’s fun, fresh, and addicting. You get the game and The Orange Box soundtrack for $9.99. It’s hard to argue with that price.
88 (Feb 22, 2008)
In principle nothing but praise for this game. Those that can look past the horrible interface and some occasional graphical bugs get a fun, original and highly addictive game for not even one fifth of the usual price. On top of that the entire soundtrack of Half-Life 2: The Orange Box comes with the game so that you also immediately have some music to play with.
IGN (Feb 27, 2008)
Audiosurf is one of those games that offers something for everyone. You can cruise through a neon-future version of your favorite songs at a leisurely pace in freeride or low difficulty puzzle modes, or play as a hardcore gamer might, repeating tracks obsessively with the aim of conquering the leaderboards. A better fusion of casual and hardcore gameplay styles would be difficult to come by, particularly one with such boundless source material. The game is yours to manipulate as it readily acquiesces to your mood, making it worth playing on nearly any occasion, for any reason, for any person.
Indius (Apr 26, 2012)
Grâce à son concept génial, Audiosurf fait oublier ses imperfections, et offre tout simplement énormément de plaisir à celui qui veut redécouvrir la musique qu'il aime. Naviguer dans ces décors psychédéliques au son (et à la forme!) de ses musiques préférées, ça ne se refuse pas non ? Ne reste plus qu'a espérer que la suite à venir, Audiosurf Air, soit un digne successeur, et apporte son lot d'améliorations, comme des modes de jeu mieux travaillés, plus de variété sur les pistes (des sauts?), et un multijoueur en ligne.
85 (Jul 31, 2008)
Audiosurf est excellent, tout simplement. Grâce à un principe simple mais terriblement accrocheur, il parvient à nous faire ressentir la musique d'une façon inédite et jouissive. C'est une explosion d'adrénaline pure dans les veines, une expérience dont on a du mal à se remettre.
Krawall Gaming Network (May 06, 2008)
Doch kommen wir zum Spiel selbst. „Audiosurf“ besitzt etwas in Reinkultur, um das den Titel eine Menge Entwickler beneiden dürften: Es ist unglaublich eingängig, macht bereits beim ersten Versuch eine Menge Spaß und entfaltet zugleich mit fortgeschrittener Spielerfahrung eine enorme Spieltiefe. Allein die entspannenden freien Fahrten hätte man ansprechender gestalten können, etwa durch komplexere Hintergründe. Des Weiteren wäre ein zuschaltbarer Magneteffekt in der Raumschiffsteuerung wünschenswert gewesen, der das Flugobjekt bei nächster Nähe zu den Blöcken an diese „andocken“ lässt. Letztlich handelt es sich bei diesen Wünschen jedoch um Komfortfeatures, die man bei einem Kaufpreis von um die acht Euro kaum zu äußern wagt und die dem tollen Titel allenfalls noch ein wenig Feinschliff verliehen hätten.
The game is obviously very colorful, with lots of bright, primary colors. The superhighway has a cool, neon, rock and roll vibe to it with lots of flashing lights and fireworks. It doesn't change all that much from game to game, and mode to mode, but there are different spaceships for each of the different modes. The arcade style of gameplay in which the difficulty increases to make new levels more challenging is going to bore the novelty seekers, but hardcores will appreciate the virtually unlimited replay value, the two-player mode, and the online leaderboard. Did I also mention the game is available for less than twenty bucks?
Avid Gamer (Mar 02, 2008)
A custom-playlist option would have been welcome, as would a shuffle mode. At the moment once a song is over, it exits you to choose another. Luckily (and hopefully) the advent of steam and Dylan’s attention to the community will prompt these features to arise. Even in its state, it’s an excellent game and at its price it’s inexcusable not to purchase it. There’s a demo on Steam to try out but this review should be enough. A must have for audiophiles, gamers and the casual market. Buy it.
80 (Mar 10, 2008)
Still, these problems can be overlooked for the $10 price tag the game offers, and the inclusion of the Orange Box soundtrack as a starting set of songs make this a worthwhile purchase. It also doesn't take up much hard drive space, though that will likely change if you don't have a lot of songs on your hard drive. Audiosurf is a simple and fun game which offers a fresh perspective on the music gaming genre and lets gamers with different tastes in music experience the same game with surprisingly different results.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 27, 2008)
AudioSurf is zonder twijfel de Indie Game sensatie van het moment.
Resonance-Gaming (Mar 01, 2008)
At $9.99 AudioSurf is a bargain. It comes packaged with the Orange Box OST in mp3 format and a few unique Portal Songs as well, so if you’re into rhythm action games at all, you can’t go wrong here.
GameSpot (Apr 14, 2008)
Audiosurf is a very good game that gives you an all-new way to enjoy your music. Granted, Audiosurf does have some technical issues and the lack of alternate play modes is disappointing, but few other rhythm/music games can provide so much entertainment for such a low price.
Good Game (Feb 25, 2008)
I thought there could have had a bit more variety in themes and sound effects, but we only have an early build of the game so the final version may have more. I’m giving it a tentative 7.
Good Game (Feb 25, 2008)
It was actually kinda fun to chill out to, but it didn’t really hold my attention for long. I’m giving it 7/10.
70 (UK) (Feb 20, 2008)
Considering the game's lo-fi roots, such rough edges are to be expected and - to a certain extent - forgiven. Hopefully they'll keep updating and patching it until it shines a little brighter. However, given the low price, that's certainly no excuse for fans of music games not to throw a little money in this direction. At the very worst, it's an ingenious multimedia toy that'll have you dusting off the untouched corners of your MP3 collection for a few happy evenings. But for those twitching fingers that still enjoy the thrill of the high score, Audiosurf has the potential to become a bite-sized obsession thanks to its quick fix gameplay and infinite musical possibilities.