Rest to Reset‘ by Trash80 is one of my favourite pieces of music. Trash80 provided the music used in Darwinia, all low-tech electronic sounds reminiscent of early videogames. Rest to Reset was written and performed on 4 GameBoys, and recorded live. I think it’s beautiful.

This game is intended to provide an experience that supports that music, with everything that happens in the game happening in response to something in the music. Like an interactive music video. Or like Audiosurf, but sculpted just for this one track. It’s an experience rather than a challenge. Although you can treat it like a challenge if you want to – there’s a score of sorts displayed at the end.

You control a spacecraft as it launches from a planet and ventures on its first journey into space. It turns out space isn’t terribly friendly to you.

Download link: Click here to download Reset
Version: 1.13
Size: 4.59 MB
Sound is required! If you don’t hear music, something has gone very wrong.

Press UP to launch
Use LEFT and RIGHT to evade
There is no fire button.

A privileged elite thrust from a dying world, an exiled criminal making his escape with a bounty of fuel and fireworks, or over-reliance on GPS leading to a Sunday drive gone terribly awry. Form your own story – you’re in space and there’s gonna be ‘splosions before the end.

… a game about motion, with a moving ending.
- The Reticule

It’s worth taking the three minutes to download and play Burkinshaw’s weirdly moody and even slightly disturbing Reset, just to get a sense for how clever people can do clever things with the medium.
- Tom chick, Fidgit

Conceptually fascinating, and certainly something I’d like to see developed further.
- Kieron Gillen, Rock Paper Shotgun

You start as a traveler, leaving your planet with a single tank of fuel. Your speed is made real by your lethargic turns. This is the pleasure of discovery. New sounds are introduced, and thus you become hunted. Your stiff turns take on a new dimension. Where once there was joy, now there is terror. This is the thrill of being untouchable. You end alone. Your tormentors, your playmates have left. Your turns are no longer stiff; they are limp. You drift in the vastness of space, knowing only that you have arrived. This is the exhilaration of emptiness.
- Adam Burch, Action Button

- Made using Game Maker
- Music is ‘Rest to Reset’ by Trash80
- Space background and planet image from the Space Bkg resource pack on by Kuchipatchi Boy
- Laser image from the Space Kit resource pack on by Oren Heick
- angle_difference script from
- Controls and movement code based on Top Down Plane AI example game by nbeerbower
- Particle systems code based on Particle Stream Following Example by Fitch2K
- Player’s spaceship, enemy spaceship, asteroid and missile images created by me.