Freaking awesome game. Absolutely calming and the art style is beautiful. This would be a delightful experience for virtual reality platforms.
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Adrift, afloat, at sea,
to the whim of the winds,
tracing the meridian to sunset.
A 5 minute voyage.
For Windows, Mac & Linux.
Please enjoy your journey and
... becalm :)
"I felt nostalgic for a place I had never visited, a deep longing for an experience I had never had. I felt at home in something completely unfamiliar" -Natalie Watson, Vice.
"It’s a game about taking five minutes to yourself and providing a calm port in the turbulent storm that are our lives" -itch.io Recommends
"Sail the cosmically coloured waters, take in the sights and the sounds" -Kat Brewster, Rock Paper Shotgun.
"Everyone would benefit from five minutes of gentle drifting. Sometimes you don’t need a destination" - Alex Baldwin, Cultured Vultures.
"Just beautiful." -Jupiter Hadley, Big Boss Battle.
"It’s nice to sit back and relax"-Nevyn, Indie Bytes.
*Which button does what?
1. Esc or (Start) to open up the Menu, 2. Space or (X) to shuffle between biomes, 3. P or (Y) to capture a photo [saved in Becalm/Data/Photos], and 4. Mouse or Left Joystick to look around.
* You can choose between timed or Infinite mode.
* Supports ultrawide monitors.
* Full 3D Positional Audio now in v1.4!
*This is a passive observation game, you sit on a boat, watch the sunset and listen to the tunes. That's it. If you're looking for something more interactive we're currently working on an awesome project like that, adding a donation to this will help us make it possible :)
Music, Art and Programming by @colorfiction
Sound Engineering and field recording by Eric Lorenz (@escarbanzo)
for any questions feel free to email me here
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Tags||artgame, Atmospheric, Colorful, Cute, First-Person, Pirates, Relaxing, Short, Singleplayer|
|Average session||A few minutes|
|Accessibility||One button, Textless|
|Mentions||itch.io Recommends: specific games for s...|
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-Made a Video. (Old Video)
-The Game: 00:10 (The 1st Game)
very charming :)
why does it say claim?
All releases are currently part of a free bundle because of the pandemic so I think that changes the wording on the download button? Means you add it to your library
I love your art. It looks amazing.
Hello. Really love this. I plan to go back and perhaps write something up about it. The only issue I had was that spacebar didn't work to change biome. Neither does restarting the game. Using the itch.io app on Windows 10. I notice a few other people had issue with it; wondering if there's a fix as I'd like to see the others. Either way, I am calmer than I was five minutes ago. Thank you!
Thanks so much! Was the biome you experienced somewhat tropical with the sea on your left and a beach to the right? In most of these past cases the problem was that the Itch.io client automatically downloaded an older becalm release rather than the latest one. This can be fixed by downloading the game from the itch.io website rather than the client, and selecting the Becalm_4_Windows.zip link option. That one should have all the biomes included, the main menu with timed and infinite mode, and the space bar functionality. Hope that helps :)
edit: corrected proper link name
A relaxing little trip.
well i open the game click posibly every button on the gamepad and still all i see is a white screen
Huh that shouldnt be happening, what platform are you using? When you open the game it should be a white screen but there should read Becalm, and under it there's a couple of symbols/logos. The logos are for a 5 minute game session, infinity and options. Select any of those with the gamepad and press A and it should start.
im using windows 10 and the white screen wil never go away i see no logos or symbols i tried clicking everything on the gamepad and keyboard but nothing happended
Ohhhh ok I think I know what the problem is, last weekend I temporarily uploaded an experimental VR version for testing (that had the white screen bug). The itch client probably downloaded that automatically since it was the latest upload, could you try downloading the Becalm_4_Windows.zip that is available on the downloads page? That's the stable, proper Windows 10 edition. Hope that helps :)
Beautiful music and visuals! Very peaceful! My issue is far more personal and nothing to do with this lovely content, but the colors had my visual sensory stuff going 'eeeeeeh' throughout the whole thing. Pretty to leave on in the background though and chill with some peaceful breathing! Would recommend for others, just not for myself! :)
hey what happened to "again"? can't find it...
Hey it's temporarily offline as it's currently being remade into something a bit different and super cool ;)
Beautiful game omg! Followed!
Very sad not to be able to try because of the new version of mac OS Catalina
Absolutely loved this
. I'll be returning to it ever so often, just for a little peace of mind. Thank you for creating this experience.
Lovely piece of software. Space bar didn't work for me (Windows), but c'est la vie.
Thank you! That's very weird, cant think of why that would happen, what os are you using? I'll check it out :)
Lovely game for taking a break from development :-)
Thank you :) Haha yes we all need a good break when dev'ing, glad to hear you found it here!
Hello, thanks for a fun and free relaxing experience, Im running Ubuntu 18.04 and for some reason, the keyboard commands do not work, and the escape button closes the game entirely. Any idea on whats going on?
Hey! Yes this is happening on the latest version release and Ubuntu for some reason, If you try the prior version it should work well. Have to see what's causing that :)
Played your Experience in an indie romp! This was a trippy yet pretty gameYour game starts at the 12 min mark
Thank you for making this. I didn't know it but this was exactly what I needed tonight.
Very chill. Some pretty neat shaders and effects in there. I'd definitely play a version of this where you could sail in any direction, even if there was no other "gameplay". I'm pretty sure the version I played had a bug cause I noticed other people were able to switch scenes. Mine would just freeze for a few seconds whenever I clicked. Anyways, great job on the visuals! Would love to see more from you in the future! I put together a short video of my time with it if you're interested. :)
Thank you very much!! Super glad you enjoyed it! I've actually just finished working on an update that lets you switch scenes with a key and an endless mode :) Thank you very much for the video!
5/5 but how to visit a different destination?
Each time you run the game it'll choose a random location, so it might repeat or show something new. you can always press 'Esc' to close quickly, no need to wait the 5 minutes :)
Love it. Such greta atmosphere - almost like being in a painting.
Only thing I could ask for right now is an "endless" setting where this just runs constantly.
Thank you very much! I've just finished developing an endless mode :) so update should come out tomorrow or this weekend at the latest!
Looking forward to it - This'll need to go in my online list of "relaxers."
Just pushed the patch, you'll find as v3. Enjoy!
Awesome! Now I know what to run next time I'm doing some writing or other projects. I adore "background games" like this for that very purpose.
Becalm is very interesting to look at. While short and without any real controls, it succeeds in being what it is meant to be: A relaxing experience. From the ambient tones to the constantly shifting visuals, this is definitely a good example of art in the form of a video game.Good job, devs.
Thank you very much!!! This means a lot, glad you enjoyed the experience :)
Thank you! & thanks for making the video :)
Great game! Loved the scenery and music! The artwork was so pretty too! Very relaxing
It's so pretty! And I happened to stumble along this game right around Atlas' disasterous launch hahaha
Thank you very much!! I really enjoyed the video :) I'll probably be adding more biomes this year!
This was so beautiful! I loved just watching the sky change colors as the boat moved! It was great. Good job!
OH PLEASE!!! A VR VERSION!!!! <3
It's simply a relaxing, beautiful and above all original game!
Thanks to the developer for this game.
I thought this was really cool and relaxing. I put becalm on while I hung the washing out to dry and just chilled.
If only it was longer than 5 minutes though.
I also took the liberty of making a four hour screenaver which is in the midst of being processed, i hope you don't mind. When its up i'll add a video link for you DEVS. superb.
Thank you very much for the positive comments and the videos!! Haha love the fact you made an hours long video :) I'll think about making a perpetual version then ;)
I personally think that that is a great idea. Think of the bigger picture here in that someone in a TV store could potentially play the screensaver playing on a couple of TV's for a couple of hours and from a distance it would look really nice.
Just released an endless mode :) Hope you enjoy!!
love how you designed this page! going to try the game soon
Great visuals, thanks for the voyage. At first I thought the boat was moving, but after closer inspection it seems like the boat stays still but the world moves.
I've loved you work (especially 0n0w) and this continues to show your strengths. You know how to make a surrealistic experience and combine colors to make unique experiences that are unrivaled. While some might be put off by the lack of "game" within Becalm, I thoroughly enjoyed my journey.
This means a lot so thank you very much!!! & thanks for the video, I'm glad you enjoyed the voyage at sea :)
I love the surreal, impressionistic vibes of the visuals. It goes perfectly with the ambient soundtrack. The result is very expressive, emotional, immersive and atmospheric. Great job :) !
Thank you for the video, really enjoyed it! Adding a wilson to the boat is a really funny idea actually haha
yay its a oblong
Absolutely love the look & feel!