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!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,025 reviews) - 87% of the 1,025 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 6, 2012

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"Want to blast stuff to pieces to music in a glowing music ship? This is definitely the game for you."

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July 7

Build 1170 (PC): Fixes for start-up issues

Thanks to your reports, we think we finally nailed the startup issue affecting some systems with Raptr and XFire overlays. This definitely fixes it on our test systems, let us know! This build also fixes a couple of other reported issues.

We've got some long-requested features we've been working on integrating, we should have some updates for the game this summer, stay tuned!

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

About This 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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is visually beautiful. As for auditorily? Well, my friend, that is entirely up to you. This is a game where, to the rhythm of your own music, you blast your way through waves of enemies in a grand show of beautiful colours. There is indeed nothing quite like it.

I love it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I have to hand it to these guys. At first I thought it would be a game you play in short bursts then move onto the next game, but no. They made it extremely fun with customization of your ship and being able to play any song. Then there is the different difficulties. At one difficulty you may feel like "Man I barely made it through that last level! How am I gonna beat the higher difficulties?!?!" but you improve as you play more and challenge yourself more. I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!! <3
10/10 - still play over and over even after beating the symphony.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Symphony has an interesing premise; similar to Audiosurf, the experience changes based on what kind of music you have on your hard drive. The game's framing device involves an interdimensional demon that consumes music, but this is really just an excuse for me to blow up little Vertex graphics space ships while I listen to Iron Maiden (Not that anyone should need an excuse for that kind of activity).
At its heart, Symphony is basically a bullet-hell shooter. The ship is customizable, with four spaces for weapons and numerous different firing patterns to unlock and upgrade to even the playing field. Each song is deconstructed by the game and translated into patterns of enemies and intensity levels based on the changes in tempo and harmony.
Unfortunately, a number of flaws continually gnaw at me while I play; firstly, several of the enemies can absorb an absolutely obnoxious amount of damage before breaking, meaning that the game's feature to aim weapons in different directions is largely an exercise in frustration. On just medium difficulty, even the fast-moving triangle shaped foes are hard to take down without several direct hits from high-powered weapons. Assuming you do manage to break several foes in a row, enemies swarm the screen in rhythmic patterns, each one in a wave flying in the same path. This means that picking up dropped notes for score means you have to fly into the next enemy in the wave, as it'll take the same path as the one you just shot down. Meanwhile, enemies entering the screen will fire projectiles that can be very hard to distinguish from the pulsing colors of the background.
The game allows players to acquire copies of weapons they like and upgrade them for higher power, but then punishes the player for upgrading by penalizing your score while using stronger weapons. Higher difficulty levels allow for stronger weapons and a better score bonus, but the scaling is slanted sharply, with enemies gaining far more strength than the player.
I'm still issuing a reccomendation, because Symphony still has a lot going for it in the creative department, but there some definite shortcomings that prospective players should be aware of.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Symphony is simplistic and easy to pick up but can get brutally difficult. Difficult, yes, but impossible to put down. Symphony is utterly unique in every way, from it's idilic artstyle to it's original mechanics. It uses music from YOUR library and molds it into a unique level. Everything from enemy formation, to speed and intensity. You man a four gunned fighter with completely customisable weaponry. The difficulty is completely contolled by you in terms of music and ratings. The more intense the song the faster the enemies fly. Symphony is a brilliant game with awsome, original mechanics and a sinister story-line. There's just nothing quite like it.

Over all rating: *****
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This game is amazing. It's exaclty what I was looking for; a shoot-em-up with a retro 80/90's feel, with " 3D vector-graphic style" ships and a boatload of neon colours that I can pick up and play, and then drop again when I need to carry on working.

I've been playing games for so long now I really was becoming despondant with a lot of the latest releases, especially big names. I just wanted something like Rez (Sega Dreamcast) with a modern resolution/sound, nice controls and a shedload of playability. Here it is.

It's not sophisticated in its approach, but behind the scenes there is so much going on to ensure that the playability is right up there with the best of them.

The fact that you can use your own music, it's quick to load and sterling to look at is just the best combination. Who doesn't want to just listen to thier own favourite music whilst destroying random spaceships and defending your music collection?

Seriously, this is the type of game that large companies should take note of. Well done and thank you for making this game, it puts a smile on my face everytime I play it with an album/track.

A+, Buy it now. Then buy it for someone else. Then review it. Then throw your Xbox/PS4 in the bin and go outside; this game lets you do that.
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