This is you

You are lost in a maze.
Your goal is to get out.

This is a monster

They will hunt you, but
 they are scared of light.


You Are The Light is a small experimental game about light, shadow and exploration by Chiel ten Brinke and Paul Scharf.

A key aspect of the game is its music, which is generated and synthesized in real time, and adapts to what happens in the game.


You can download and try You Are The Light here:

Download (~11Mb)

The game currently only runs on Windows, and you also need .Net4, OpenGL3, and OpenAL.


We also wrote up a neat report on what we did and how we did it. It is partly technical and also includes the results of a small play test user study we conducted. So if you are interested in that sort of stuff, you can download the report as PDF here:


Behind the scenes

Both the game and adaptive music generation algorithm were implemented by Chiel ten Brinke and Paul Scharf in C# using .NET4.

We additionally used the open source libraries AWGraphics (by Paul Scharf) and Cireon.Audio (by Tom Rijnbeek), which again use OpenTK, NVorbis and Json.NET.

We thank Tom and the here unnamed authors of the other mentioned technologies.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in information beyond the scope of this website and the report above, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

The easiest way is to contact Paul by sending an email here:

Feel free to ask us anything you are interested in. We will do our best to answer you promptly.