Sound Design for Magnetic: Cage Closed

I was the sound designer for this first person puzzle game. Below you will find links to videos that show how some of the sounds were designed. Farther down you will also find links to reviews and game-play videos.

“Magnetic: Cage Closed is a first person puzzle game where the player manipulates magnetic forces to accomplish their goals. The mechanics are focused around a single tool: The Magnet Gun which allows you to create electromagnetic fields with either positive or negative charges. This power is used to either repel or attract magnetical objects. However, if the objects are heavier than you, you will be the one flying trough the room.” (Guru Games, 2014).

Links

Tesla Coils
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

Electricity is random, wild and unpredictable. Very important factors when creating this sound. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

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Spike Traps
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The low hissing sound from the sliding swords followed by the metallic bang when they hit the stop. The aim was to create a feeling similar to getting attacked by a snake. When you hear the hissing warning sound, it’s already too late. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

The Seesaws
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The seesaws in Magnetic are large and made out of metal. It was important to make a dynamic sound that well represents the speed of which the seesaw is moving. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Metal Gates
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

Each time metal scratches against metal a unique sound is generated. To achieve this, three audio channels were used for the sound event with different recorded loops, all with randomized starting times. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Main Doors
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

This sound is built up from recordings of trains, a washing machine, chains dragged over metal, a ticking bicycle, drawers opening and closing, a camera lens motor and more. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Magnet Gun
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The Magnet Gun is the main tool you as a player have in the game Magnetic. My goal was to create a vibrant, responsive sound that also gives a clear indication of how much power is applied with the Magnet Gun. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Levers
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The sound of the levers is built up from recordings of metal scraping, door handles and and different door locks. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Glass Doors
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The motors struggle with opening the heavy unbreakable glass doors. Each time the door is opened, the hard working motors sound a bit different. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Flamethrowers
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The flamethrowers use three separate sound events – Open Hatch, Flame and Close Hatch. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how these were done.

Box Counters
Magnetic: Cage Closed – Sound Example

The box counters in Magnetic are mechanically built little machines with cogwheels and gears that tells how many boxes are left in the dispensers. The display consists of several metal plates in a row and to change the number they spin in a certain way. Watch the film clip to see more in depth how it was done.

Reviews

Here I have collected reviews of Magnetic: Cage Closed. Most of them are in English, but there are some in other languages, for anyone who knows these languages or like a challenge.

In English

Geek Bomb [Text] – June 25, 2015 – Verdict: 9.2/10
Grab The Games [Text] June ??, 2015 – Verdict: 8/10
Hey Poor Player [Text] June 5, 2015 – Verdict: 4/5
Gamers FTW [Text] June 2, 2015 – Verdict: 7.4/10
Hot Pepper Gaming [Video] May 28, 2015 – Verdict: Tons of fun! Buy!
Angry Centaur Gaming [Video] May 26, 2015 – Verdict: BUY!
Biogamer Girl [Text] May 27, 2015 – Verdict: 8.5/10
Hardcore Gamer [Text] May 26, 2015 – Verdict: 4/5

Other Languages

Digital Life [Text] (Swedish) June 1, 2015 – Verdict: 4/5
Multiplayer Italy [Text] (Italian) May 28, 2015 – Verdict: 7.5/10
IGN Spain [Text] (Spanish) May 26, 2015 – Verdict: 7.5/10
IGN Italy [Text] (Italian) May 26, 2015 – Verdict: 8.4/10

Game-play Videos

Here you will find online game-play videos of Magnetic: Cage Closed recorded by different people and uploaded to Youtube. They are great if you want to hear how the different sounds work together in game. Some are split up into several parts. Here I chose to link to different parts in the series to show as much variety as possible.

There are videos both with and without commentary. The ones without are great if you want to hear the game’s sound design. The other ones are of course nice if you want to know more about the game and the players’ opinions about it.

Without Commentary

Gaming Insider – May 30, 2015
Noire Blue – May 29, 2015
Ultra HD Gameplay – May 28, 2015
Middle Child – May 28, 2015
GameSpot Gameplay – May 20, 2015
DSR07 Gaming – February 10, 2015

With Commentary

SargentCobi – May 31, 2015
The Bowlingotter Show – May 30, 2015
Andy Lunique – May 24, 2015
Polygon – February 10, 2015