Before the Echo combines elements of both rhythm and role-playing games to create an entirely unique experience.
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Mostly Positive (12 reviews) - 75% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,104 reviews) - 86% of the 1,104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 20, 2011

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“... [Before the Echo] is one of only four or five games I've ever played that lives up to its potential so absolutely and with so little room for improvement.”
100% – http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/2011/11/07/sequence-review/1

About This Game

Before the Echo combines elements of both rhythm and role-playing games to create an entirely unique experience. Join Ky on his ascent of a mysterious Tower, guided onward by a mysterious girl named Naia. Encounter deadly monsters and ridiculous characters, and discover the grand scheme behind Ky's mysterious imprisonment...that is, if you can survive the journey.

Key Features:


  • Fully voice-acted, 10+ hour story mode
  • With music by Ronald Jenkees and Michael Wade Hamilton
  • Deep item synthesis and spell customization mechanics provide a full RPG experience
  • Full integration of Steam achievements and cloud saves

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB
    • Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 3)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • OS: Lion 10.7.5
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
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Lost_mind
20.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Very good game! lovely music! i got a lot of fun with this title even if i never go throught the end, i found this game after playing audiosurf and never regret it.
Give it a try!
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THE AIDS VIRUS
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
How this ended up in my library I'm not sure, but I have a bunch of games I got in sale packs and I slowly tick them off the list. While I was never huge into any guitar hero or rythm games thus making me a poor judge of this, I played this for about 10 minutes and deleted it with the objective of never trying it again. Maybe someone else likes it but hitting little up, down arrows and trying to make a battle out of it isn't my idea of fun. Parrapa The Rappa was a million times better and 15 years older.
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Sleightblind
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
Interesting concept and unique but ultimately boring gameplay, marred most by bad voice acting and the cheesiest dialogue I've ever heard.

No grown woman should ever say "w00t" aloud. Ever.
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ddragon98
14.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
Before the Echo is an extremely pleasant time-killer, with interesting mechanics for a rythm-based game. The game is captivating, and the story(which may not be the best) is one that naturally pushes you forward to completion. The game gives you the option of grinding for better equipment/spells, but they are not necessary; skill is all that is required. Overall, amazing game with fun gameplay and a great soundtrack.
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SilverTraces
13.7 hrs
Posted: August 7
While both rhythm games and RPGs are not unknown land to me, a game that combines both of them in an almost seamless way made for a very unique experience.

The overall visual design is good, especially in terms of colour and consistency, and the voice acting just adds another layer of quality. The story itself puts a bit of a twist on the caught-in-a-video-game trope and is well-worth the play, and the characters are quirky and unique enough to be interesting. What stood out in terms of writing though was the humour which was present throughout the whole of the game on many different levels, such as dialogue but also e.g. weapon descriptions. It knows its audience well.

Of course, as a combination of two genres, the game, while scratching the surface of many gameplay features (e.g. crafting, character equipment choice), cannot reach the depth of e.g. an RPG in terms of gameplay, and, unsurprisingly, every rhythm game could do with even more songs. Still, Before the Echo is a lowly priced and highly recommended hidden gem.
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Bruudwin
15.6 hrs
Posted: August 4
think of it like DDR with 3 mats for your hands. WASD UDLR and two buttons for switching between the 3 mats, and 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc for abilities to fight

that's all the game is.

a buncha stages, with 3 battles + boss and maybe special events for that stage.

a nice repetotoire of music, that unfortunately gets reused for every stage.

depending on difficulty chosen, you can breeze through, or grind a while to level up. i had to choose the hardest one. so i've grinding a while on each stage to get to the boss.
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Nexal
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 3
Pretty solid game, fun dialogues and cute playstyle that mixes music-driven battles (in similar fashion to Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution) with RPG elements (craft and learn new spells and equipment, level up, improving stats).

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Vivisector
8.8 hrs
Posted: July 17
Combat triple-matrix DDR. If you want to look at RPG combat and rhythym games in a whole new way this isn't a bad game to pick up. My main complaint is that you're going to end up hearing the same song a great many times.
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FedEx
5.1 hrs
Posted: July 13
Very fun, and the music was well done. I find myself humming the songs when doing other things.
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Delirium
2.3 hrs
Posted: July 13
The voice acting / tutorial speaker is really annoying. It put me in a bad mood up until the very end when I was trying to complete it and couldn't figure out how to get through that last part because it was explained awkwardly. I was really trying to give it a shot but was in such a horrible mood from listening to that lady and couldn't figure out how to get out of the tutorial that I just gave up and closed the whole thing. I could consider this an unfair review as I didn't put effort into the game past the tutorial, but the fact that it was torture for me up until that point left enough of a bad taste for me to write this.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
While both rhythm games and RPGs are not unknown land to me, a game that combines both of them in an almost seamless way made for a very unique experience.

The overall visual design is good, especially in terms of colour and consistency, and the voice acting just adds another layer of quality. The story itself puts a bit of a twist on the caught-in-a-video-game trope and is well-worth the play, and the characters are quirky and unique enough to be interesting. What stood out in terms of writing though was the humour which was present throughout the whole of the game on many different levels, such as dialogue but also e.g. weapon descriptions. It knows its audience well.

Of course, as a combination of two genres, the game, while scratching the surface of many gameplay features (e.g. crafting, character equipment choice), cannot reach the depth of e.g. an RPG in terms of gameplay, and, unsurprisingly, every rhythm game could do with even more songs. Still, Before the Echo is a lowly priced and highly recommended hidden gem.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
think of it like DDR with 3 mats for your hands. WASD UDLR and two buttons for switching between the 3 mats, and 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc for abilities to fight

that's all the game is.

a buncha stages, with 3 battles + boss and maybe special events for that stage.

a nice repetotoire of music, that unfortunately gets reused for every stage.

depending on difficulty chosen, you can breeze through, or grind a while to level up. i had to choose the hardest one. so i've grinding a while on each stage to get to the boss.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Pretty solid game, fun dialogues and cute playstyle that mixes music-driven battles (in similar fashion to Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution) with RPG elements (craft and learn new spells and equipment, level up, improving stats).

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
Before the Echo is an extremely pleasant time-killer, with interesting mechanics for a rythm-based game. The game is captivating, and the story(which may not be the best) is one that naturally pushes you forward to completion. The game gives you the option of grinding for better equipment/spells, but they are not necessary; skill is all that is required. Overall, amazing game with fun gameplay and a great soundtrack.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
As a RPG and Stepmania enthousiast, this would seem like the perfect Indie game for me. And indeed, it was fun to play. It was unique. It was something fresh. And being a RPG fan, I am used with doing repetitive things in order to get that one rare drop.

One warning is that even casual gamers who would like to simply play the game and go through the story, might still face some moments where they have to engage battles over and over to get that last item for a recipe. Bite through it, the way you make story progression is quite slow in itself. Ronald Jenkees kicks ♥♥♥, but not after the 6~7th time in a row. Yeah, having only one fixed song per enemy doesn't get you on your toes that much.

On sales it's usually just one buck, so hopefully no buyer's remorse after you've even spent an hour at it.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2013
A pretty damn awesome rhythm game that sells dirt cheap. The music alone is easily worth the retail price and if you like a bit of RPG sensibilities with your music gaming that has an actual storyline... get it now!
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Before the Echo (the game was known as Sequence previously) is an interesting RPG. The game plays like Dance Dance Revolution with the notes divided into 3 separate note tracks running concurrently on the screen for casting spells, defending against attacks and regenerating mana. There is a quirky story to pull you through to the end but what won me over was most definitely the music tracks behind the gameplay.

I can't really gauge how difficult it is to play for beginners to the genre due to my many years of playing rhythm games from Stepmania, Guitar Hero and my current timesink of Osu!. Anyone who has played such games should find no problems however with adapting to the mechanics.

Due to the RPG nature of the game, it can become a grind for specific items to drop on the monsters which are used to craft items needed to progress in the floors. The game does not come with any additional content beyond the story that I am aware of (I played mostly at release back in 2011).

Before the Echo wasn't the most challenging game personally but it sits in my game library as a comfortable purchase when I look back over two years. Give it a go if it is on sale but just be aware it may not be fun for everyone; the usual disclaimer case for most games in the rhythm genre.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2015
Now I have to admit when I first started playing this game I had quite low expectations of it. I absolutely love rhythm games but I couldnt see how they could successfully combine this into a RPG style. Although I was proved wrong as this game is AMAZING!!

The mechanics of the game are very unique and there is nothing quite like it. You use the rhythm of the music to fight a battle. To this you use the arrow keys and click them as soon as the arrow reaches the bottom of the screen. And this is when it gets unique. You have 3 fields to control via this rhythm ability. Mana, Attack and Defense. Mana is collected and can be used to cast spells in the attack field. You can switch through these fields at your free will. You need to make sure that you use each field correctly and at the right time to survive and win the battle.

The story of this game is what most suprised me. It had me hooked throughout the entire thing. There are many twists in the story that keep you guessing throughout the game. The voice is acting is very well done and the characters are very likable. You really do get to know the characters. In a rhythm game a gripping story is the last thing I would have expected. I am not going to go into detail about the story but just experience it for yourself and you will see how great it is.

The whole look of the game is completely incredible. The art style gives a real great look to the game that compliments the awesome gameplay.

Throughout the floors you get different items. You have collect these items through playing the levels. I felt the items abilitys were very well balanced and contributed well to the gameplay. These items are obtained through a random drop rate on levels. Some items have a very low drop rate on levels later on the game. Unfortunetely this is where my only bad point comes from this game. To get these items it can become very grindy with you having to repeat these levels multiple times in a row just to get it. This can get very boring after a while.

I'll end this review with the best part of the game, the soundtrack. It is made of music by Ronald Jenkees and Michael Wade Hamilton. I always feel that a game has a great soundtrack when I like it so much that I even listen to it outside of the game itself, and with this one I did. It is incredible and goes great with a rhythm game.

Overall this game is a true masterpiece and a bit of a hidden gem. This game is possibly one of the best I have ever played and I really highly recommend it.

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  • Don't ever buy this game.
  • Maybe consider it on a sale.
  • An average game.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I have to admit, this game surprised me. I got this game from a bundle and decided to install it to try it out. I end up really liking it and played it until the very end. It's a rhythm based game, you have to change between 3 panels with Q and E, you use the arrows to hit the notes.

When I saw the tutorial I thought the game would be insanely confusing and hard to play, but it's quite nicely done, as you see all 3 panels at once at any time, so you see what is coming.

The art is really cool, the music is awesome and the story is even more awesome! I wanted to play until the end to know what happens... It's full of surprises, it's hiralious and you get hooked right into the story.

The spells aren't limited to only damage, you have shielding, direct damage, DOT, healing, boosts... Alot of different spells to use. You have to kill the monsters and ascend floors until you reach the top. All monsters have specific drops which you have a certain percentage of getting everytime you kill them (with music of course). You also have to craft/find your gear and you can learn new spells by using scrolls and completing the songs with high accuracy or note combos.

Theres not many bad things to say about the game... My only real issue with the game is the hitboxes... Sometimes it looks like you miss but it actually works and sometimes you think you succesfully hit the note but you didin't. Luckily this rarely happens so it didin't affect me too much. Maybe i'm just bad at the game though, I don't know!

This game is definately worth looking into, especially since it is only 4.99$. I'd say anybody that likes good stories or rhythm/music-based games should really try it out!
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2013
A rhythm rpg? In the weirdest mashup since Puzzle Quest, this brilliant little indie game manages to create a unique niche and thrive in it. The writing turns some people off but I enjoyed it and found it relatable. Maybe that says more about me than the game itself. It definitely gets grindy, but the mechanics are very unique. Can frequently be purchased super cheap. Give it a shot, you'll probably be surprised.
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