How to play Leviathan: The Tone Rebellion

For some reason I decided to dig out Leviathan: The Tone Rebellion. I realized that nobody posted even one video of gameplay for this game on YouTube. The only videos I found were of the soundrack and the intro. The game has no tutorials and there are no FAQs on So it took me quite a while to re-learn how to play the game. This awesome document helped me a lot. So after refreshing my memory, I decided to do a short tutorial on how to play the game.

My YouTube account is still limited to 15 Minutes so I had only the time for the basics. I think I will do a follow-up with some advanced topics. I was even considering doing a Let’s Play. There is a 4 player co-op mode I never tried. Might be a interesting thing to try. What do you think?

By the way, I also found out that The Logic Factory – the studio that made the game – still exists today. They recently re-released their old hit Ascendancy for the iPhone and iPad! The best thing about it is that by watching the trailer, I can finally tell how to pronounce that name properly. I remember having quite a few arguments about this back in the days.

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

2 responses to “How to play Leviathan: The Tone Rebellion”

  1. Darchen Jurusli

    Oh my goodness, it was wonderful watching this video. I played it at a very young age, and now, many years later, this video has rekindled my interest in once again obtaining the game. More videos, please! I would love to see you make more videos about this game. One thing that’s always frustrated me is that there is very little information about the backstory and details from this game on the internet, but I remembered a lot of things from this video! (Namely, pausing around 1:33 so I could read it all.) A “let’s play” would be much appreciated!

    PS: By the way, do you have any idea how I could play The Tone Rebellion (and perhaps Ascendancy, but that comes second) on a Windows 7?

    1. Krystian Majewski

      Thank you for the kind words! I will have to figure out what kind of Let’s Play I make but I pretty sure I will do some more content.

      As for your question – The Tone Rebellion is playable on Windows 7. The only problem is that the full-screen mode doesn’t work properly. So you will have to play windowed. Otherwise, I recently installed it from the old CD I bought on eBay and it worked flawlessly.


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