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A mysterious entity is absorbing and corrupting your music before your very eyes. You must battle through your own song collection and fight to reclaim your music!
Release Date: Aug 6, 2012
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Build 1120 (PC/Mac) is now LIVE! (Mouse/display fixes)

June 16th, 2014

Hello everyone,

We haven't heard of any issues with the BETA that was released on Friday, so build 1120 is now live for everyone! As mentioned, this build contains mouse fixes and some display fixes. Please let us know you run into any problems. Enjoy!

Francois
Empty Clip Studios

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PC/Mac Update (1120) now in BETA branch [beta_loggin_f]

June 13th, 2014

Hello everyone!

We have just published a new update to fix mouse and some display issues on Mac and PC to the BETA branch. We are still working on our Linux update which we hope to release soon. To get this current patch, just select the beta branch [beta_loggin_f] from the "betas" in your Steam client under the Symphony properties.

Please let us know if there are any issues with this new build!

Thank you,

Francois
Empty Clip Studios

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Reviews

“Symphony is fun, pure and simple.”
84/100 – PC Gamer

About the Game

Your music is under attack, you must liberate it!

A mysterious entity is absorbing and corrupting your music before your very eyes. You must battle through your own song collection, discover items, customize your ship and fight boss enemies to liberate the Symphony of Souls and reclaim your music!

Symphony is one of the most music-driven games ever made. In this vertical shooter, re-experience each of your songs as it becomes a unique battlefield driven by intensity and tempo.

Your music collection is now an item collection! Each of your songs contains an item you can discover, equip and upgrade. Fully customize your ship to reach score targets, upgrade items and unlock new difficulty levels.

Showcase your skill. Symphony's innovative per-song leaderboard rewards you more, when you dominate with less powerful weapons. Find the loadout that suits your style and show what you can do!

Key features

  • Battle a mysterious entity that absorbs and corrupts your music as it plays
  • Cutting-edge music analysis adapts the game to any song you like!
  • Innovative per-song leaderboard system rewards you based on your weapons and the difficulty level
  • 5 unique sets of boss enemies to conquer
  • 6 difficulty levels
  • Discover, collect and equip weapons hidden inside your own music collection
  • 30 achievements/medals to unlock
  • Supported file types:
    • Windows & Mac: MP3, OGG, WAV, FLAC, WMA (Windows only), AIFF, WV.
    • Linux: MP3, OGG, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
  • M4A & AAC supported via a DLC download for a small fee to cover patented decoder licensing costs (M4A & AAC also require the free QuickTime player)
  • Full amBX™ support (cool lighting!) - Windows only

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
    • Video Card: MB, DirectX® 9.0c-compatible, Shader Model 3.0 or higher
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OS X 10.8 or later
    • Processor: Dual core, 2 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 (with shader model 3 video card or higher)
    • Hard drive: 500 MB available space

    • Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics, Mac Mini's or early generation MacBooks

Linux System Requirements

    • OS: Major Linux distributions from 2012
    • Processor: Dual core, 2 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 (with shader model 3 video card or higher)
    • Hard drive: 500 MB available space

    • Not recommended for any integrated graphics GPUs
Helpful customer reviews
67 of 77 people (87%) found this review helpful
242 products in account
5 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
It's like audiosurf and asteroids had a baby.

and it was beautiful.
Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,029 products in account
33 reviews
10.8 hrs on record
Symphony is a must have if you are a music games fan. It allows you to enjoy your favorite musics while shooting stuff, you can also find new weapons to customize you ship according to your play style. Very relaxing! :)
Posted: May 23rd, 2014
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
434 products in account
52 reviews
9.6 hrs on record
Fun little Shoot 'Em Up that uses your own music to generate the waves of incoming enemies. You only have a small play zone to maneuver, with enemies coming in from the sides & top of your screen making for some intense close combat game play. The responsivness of your ship with the mouse is great giving you minute control over your position & graphically the enemies & weapons fire is easy to distinguish even when there is a lot going on, on-screen.

Each song completed will grant you a random weapons upgrade drop, with a chance of a rare drop. These can be purchased (& upgraded) to increase your firepower of the four weapons slots on your ship & you can even change the angle of fire for each slot to customise your layout further which is cool. This is needed as you progress up the difficulty levels & to kill the random bosses needed to complete the story mode. Scoring is combo based, so the more you can kill in sequence (with less enemies escaping), will grant higher scores but stay nimble as each death will cost you a score penalty. Each kill also drops a bonus '♫' to pickup, granting health, power-ups & score increases so you need to be quick & get them all before they disappear for the best scores.

I found all but the top two difficulty levels relatively easy; each difficulty level unlocks after killing three bosses. This can take some time making the start of the game feel rather dull to grind out the first few bosses, but if you stick with it, it becomes far more enjoyable later. For me, I just got a little tipsy off a few ciders, cranked up the volume & enjoyed some of my favorite tracks which certainly helped make the initial grind pass by much quicker :p .

Although your music generates the enemies, you don't really get a sense of any pattern to the beat which would have been nice. For example, sometimes it goes into 'hardcore mode' in parts of songs you wouldn't expect & this seems to increase in frequency the higher the difficulty you go. It's not a big issue though, as you do get the feeling of randomness in the waves so each run feels different.

Regardless of the few shortcomings, if you love your music & your shoot 'em ups it is very easy to waste away a few hours in ♪ Symphony ♪ liberating your music!
Posted: June 7th, 2014
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
482 products in account
44 reviews
6.8 hrs on record
Well i kinda like this game and a great addition is the demon bosses trying to steal your music, i still would say overall that beat hazard is the better music game out of all i have played but this is not boring and is fun to play, does it keep you interested for hours upon hours like beat hazard i would say no but if your can get it on sale then its worth a chance if you like music games like beat hazard, audiosurf and turba.
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
425 products in account
17 reviews
2.8 hrs on record
Symphony is an example of an interesting concept let down by poor execution.

The idea of a shoot 'em up influenced by your music is a good one, and the plot conceit of fighting to rescue the composers of your music is neat.

Unfortunately, it is let down by basic elements. Gameplay is simply not good. Everything is pretty much the same colour and the screen can get very full. Audiosurf's stark contrasts made for gorgeous visuals. This is just a chaotic mess.

You can unlock and equip a variety of weapons but little information is given about them and the strategy seems to be mostly just holding down the mouse button and moving around.

There doesn't feel like a lot of gameplay difference in the songs. It seems to go from low intensity to high intensity and back with nothing in between, and often not in places you'd expect.

The interface is quite clunky, and so badly designed that in some places text actually overlaps. How that is still happening after multiple patches is beyond me, but it certainly doesn't leave a good impression.

It's not outright awful, and there's some nice ideas in there, but it just hasn't come together.
Posted: June 15th, 2014
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