Risvegliato dal suo sonno, viaggi Beatbuddy attraverso rigogliosi ambienti dipinti a mano su una missione per salvare i suoi compagni e la sua immortalità. Beatbuddy interagisce con l'ambiente di respiro di vita che pulsa al ritmo di una colonna sonora originale, lo favoreggiamento mentre apre nuove strade e risolve enigmi.
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“It's an adventure that's just really delightful and charming, and it's a lot of fun.”

“An adept fusion of music and gameplay.”

“Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians is a game you play with your ears as much as your eyes, and it delivers a feast for both.”


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Risvegliato dal suo sonno, viaggi Beatbuddy attraverso rigogliosi ambienti dipinti a mano su una missione per salvare i suoi compagni e la sua immortalità. Beatbuddy interagisce con l'ambiente di respiro di vita che pulsa al ritmo di una colonna sonora originale, lo favoreggiamento mentre apre nuove strade e risolve enigmi.


  • Sperimentare un gioco di azione-avventura in un modo del tutto nuovo, che incorpora la musica in ogni aspetto del bel mondo. I giocatori interagiscono con l'ambiente e una varietà di creature per aprire sentieri e risolvere enigmi per tutto il viaggio.
  • Sei livelli splendidamente dipinte a mano, ciascuno suddiviso in cinque capitoli, prendere il lettore attraverso i luoghi unici e le palette di colori vivaci.
  • Dotato di una colonna sonora prodotta esclusivamente con canzoni originali composte appositamente per il gioco da artisti famosi tra cui Austin Wintory, Parov Stelar, Sabrepulse e La Rochelle Band.
  • Gioca come Beatbuddy, una creatura eterea che viaggia ad unirsi con le sue sorelle melodia e armonia e di fermare il malvagio Principe Maestro con l'aiuto di Clef che fornisce sollievo comico durante il viaggio.

Requisiti di sistema

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz (dual core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz (dual core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz (dual core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
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59 persone su 64 (92%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
6.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 18 dicembre 2014
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-----------This is my review account, because the low playtime.
+ beautiful hand drawn worlds
+ smooth animations
+ everything moves to the music
- level blocks are repeated

+ music brings the world to life
+ attention to detail
+ charming and sympathetic humor
- static text cutscenes

+ varied, high-class electric Soundtrack
+ perfectly adapted to the game
+ beatbox end voice output

+ perfect learning curve
+ tricky, but always logical puzzles
+ fair set reset points
- only one level of difficulty

Level Design:
+ balanced mix of puzzle and action passages
+ surprised to the end with new ideas
- little to discover

+ clever physics and switch puzzles
+ always require rethinking
+ towards the end pleasantly challenging
- constructions sometimes a bit confusing

Weapons & Extras:
+ rhythm as the main weapon
+ fanning vehicle deposits
- just movement and combat maneuvers
- abilities are automatically unlocked

+ interesting basic idea
+ pleasant self-deprecating
+ sympathetic characters
- many clichés
- disappointing end

Game Size:
+ reasonably long campaign (solo playtime around 6 hours)
+ neither dilations or repeats
- runs strictly linear
- neither co-op multiplayer mode yet

Multiplayer: no multiplayer

You do not love music, to have fun with the action-adventure Beatbuddy. But it helps immensely to survive.
There is a story here, but it's about as much impact on the product as a whole has worked as an average album cover. You are Beatbuddy (Beat, short), one of a trinity of gods of music style, and your fellow musical harmony spirit you have to rescue your sister Melody from the clutches of the villainous Prince Maestro. Maestro wants the world to dance to its beat alone, and this is obviously a bad thing, because the poor guy did not even have the chops on a one-hit wonder.

The beautifully hand painted worlds are full of lovely details and funny ideas. During the five to six hours of play I was always curious about what to expect around the next corner and were surprised again and again. First and just with the equally abrupt as unspectacular final is Beatbuddy from the idea of breath.

From playful core outwards Beatbuddy is really just a thoroughly conventional action-adventure. We explore the floating caverns of the six worlds, from the mine to the jungle to the temple, avoid obstacles and traps, solve a lot of switches and physics puzzles and beat with our blue fists every now and again parasite-like opponents.

The great art of Beatbuddy is that the song while the focus at all, unlike pure music games like Guitar Hero or Audiosurf but never in the foreground. We do not play the music, but with the music. A smaller, but just as fine as fascinating difference. The music is unquestionably the highlight here, and even in Beatbuddy's weakest moments, you might have a hard time refraining from tapping your feet or bobbing your head to the rhythm.

Score: 82 / 100

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10 persone su 15 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
31.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 27 dicembre 2014
A good break from the holiday deluge with an indie title from time to time reminds me that small teams can put out some surprising gems in the flooded console and PC market. I'm talking about those titles that fill up the lower end of the Steam Sales, and they show up as coupons that you get but you wonder what the game is, and whether or not you should commit to it despite the lower cost of entry. Beatbuddy is one such example of those games. It's not perfect, and could use a little more polish, but it's a solid idea for a first outing by the team at Threaks.

Beatbuddy stars it's titular character who has awoken from slumber and must save his friends from the nefarious prince of Symphonia. It's not a terribly deep story, but it does give you the sense of purpose necessary to proceed through the game. It's a bit of a short adventure, clocking it at just under six hours to get through your first time. Whether you'll go back or not depends on the amount of collectibles you found during your experience and how much you care to see the inner workings of Beatbuddy's development. The extras that are unlocked are a lot of storyboards telling about how Beatbuddy came in to being, and how Threaks has spent the past four years trying to get this game off the ground. Let it be known that game development is never an easy task.

The biggest star of Beatbuddy though is its excellent soundtrack that contains some choice tunes from Austin Wintory, Europa Deep, Parov Stelar, Sabrepulse, Curtis Newton, and La Rochelle Band. Each stage features a song by these artists and serves as the backbone to the experience of Beatbuddy, and it's interesting to see how the guys at Threaks managed to break down elements of each song and make them part of the gameplay. The only negative here is that the stages tend to be thirty to forty minutes long, and while the tracks themselves are good and are broken up really well, there is still that same sense of music droning on, and if you happen to get stuck during a particular puzzle, it starts to get a little grating.

At its core, Beatbuddy is a puzzle-adventure game with musical elements that make timing on some puzzles a much bigger factor than you'd normally expect. The rather gentle tutorial stage gets you in the swing of things, showing you how each stage's musical elements come in to play. Like snare crabs that when knocked out cause the surrounding slugs to retract, opening a path forward. But the hook here is how the creatures and puzzle elements all move in time with the music, and knocking out the crabs will cut that part of the musical track out, but you'll be given audio cues along with visual ones to let you know that they're about to come back and potentially impede your progress once again. Once the tutorial is complete, more puzzle elements come in to play that require you to deftly maneuver Beatbuddy through some tight situations and eventually some light combat comes in to play. It never gets to the point of being overly challenging, although there are a few times where some of the ricochet puzzles seem to be a bit too clever for their own good and require a little too much precision from the player, making them seem overly difficult.

This game also has a fair share of bugs that can wipe out the progress you've made on a particular level. I ran in to one instance where I died against some enemies and when I respawned and defeated them, the puzzle elements that they blocked did not become available. And since this was tied to the auto-save, I had to restart the entire level. This wouldn't be a problem if the levels weren't so long. These aren't rampant bugs, but it pays to be very careful when playing through, and thankfully Threaks has been issuing updates to address some of these, so it's quite possible that this may be resolved by the time you're reading this review.

This game is certainly pleasant to look at, thanks to its wonderfully colorful aesthetic. The animation of Beatbuddy and his friends is also rather impressive, even though they don't move around a whole lot, their idle animations show a lot of love went into making each of them feel unique. And hearing their speaking as beatboxing to the music is also a clever addition. The hand-drawn backgrounds have an element of Rayman to them, though they can get a little repetitive if you stop and stare for too long.

I don't really talk about controls much, but I have to say, play this game with a gamepad, or even a keyboard, because the mouse controls make a lot of the timing puzzles difficult to deal with. I spent a majority of my time playing with a mouse, and found it to be a bit detrimental to the experience, especially after I switched to a gamepad. The keyboard option is there as well, though the devs don't recommend using it.

The music is a big draw for the game, and while the levels could have benefited from a bit of fat trimming, they complement the music nicely. For a first effort, the guys at Threaks have certainly gotten off on the right foot. Hopefully they'll have more titles in the future that combine their excellent audio work with their well-crafted visuals.

Highly Recommended

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10 persone su 15 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 2 novembre 2014
Beatbuddy pairs great music and wonderful art with poor execution. I have encountered multiple bugs (Mac version) while playing and the controls can sometimes be a bit frustrating. The difficulty level swings abruptly between way too easy and maddeningly difficult pretty regularly, and it can sometimes be hard to tell if it's the software bugs or level design that causes it.
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1.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 31 gennaio
This is what happened when you mix beat into casual adventure video game.
You came out with this rocking game.

Man, my head keep bobbing while listening to the beat. I have become a real life Bobbleheads.
Truthfully, the game did bore me because yeah it's only a casual game but I did enjoy it.
Oh yeah, I really like the arts and extra too (Love seeing how the dev make this game from scratch).

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3 persone su 4 (75%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
7.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 28 dicembre 2014
"Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians" is a sweet music and beat based game.

The level of adorableness of this game is too damn high. So let's take it from the top.

The environment is underwater. The beautifully made areas are hand painted, and filled with rock formations, plants, and cute sea creatures. It is all very pleasing to the eye, and generally forces me to smile throughout the whole experience. Also, the environment is not motionless, it is all vibrant, pulsating, bouncing, and swinging to the soundtrack.

The main character is called Beat Buddy. It's a small, blue, bubbly creature with big eyes, and... earphones. Whenever you stop to figure out a puzzle, he floats in the water bouncing his head and swinging his arm, like a real DJ. Did I mention it is adorable?

The game is basically an action-adventure with loads of puzzles, all focused around the music playing in the background. Each obstacle, element, creature has it's own unique sound which always incorporates nicely with the music, creating a beautiful, energetic soundtrack. From jazzy oldschool sounds, through clubby electronic, and even funky-rocky sounds.

While you can solve any puzzle and go through any obstacle without even turning the sound on, listetning to the soundtrack gives you an advantage. The beat, the sounds actually give you small tips and clues, when and how you should move to go through a challenge effortlessly.

The puzzles slowly progress from absolutely obvious to very complicated. It requires logical thinking, timing, and a good ear.

For me, the game is very relaxing. As I traverse the underwater environment, searching for my friends, hoping to save them.. as I bounce, float, punch my way through complicated labyrinths, I feel myself unwind. The music, the soft but vibrant colours, the sweet personality and feel of the game have a wonderful, positive impact on my mood.

So if you would like something gentle, soothing, and adorable. Something that will make you smile, but will still challenge your gaming skills, try "Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians". And don't forget to wear good headphones or turn your speakers up.
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 settembre 2014
It's really pretty and the music is cool but the last two chapters are really tedious and full of glitches, like getting stuck behind an escort mission and dying because there are gaps where there shouldn't be, and having to restart the entire mission because Beatbuddy won't move and just does his idle dance taunting you.
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
6.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 12 novembre 2014
If you enjoy rhythm games, good music, or beautiful worlds this game won't let you down.

The music is amazing
Visuals are stunning
Story is fun
Controls are great regardless of if you're using a controller or mouse/keyboard
Gameplay is addicting

A bit short, 2-4 hours or less to complete the story
Some of the puzzles are repeatitive
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3 persone su 5 (60%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
17.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 1 gennaio
Suprisingly solid game, with just a few problems that bring it down. First off, the main character and his friend are awesome. Little things like leaving him to stand still prompt him to choose one of multiple dance moves that align to the beat, are a nice touch. There is some awesome music and having gameplay and mechanics align with the music and beat are a new and inventive touch. Some of the middle levels lose the quality music and just seem like opera music that doesn't really fit the level and the gameplay doesn't rely as much on it which is disappointing. Also multiple different beats and songs per level would have been better than just one. Problems are a lack of difference as levels, as each one looks and feels the exact same. Another problem is the game uses the same few puzzle, enemies, and game mechanics for the entire game, leading to way too much repeition. There are also numerous reported bugs, some of which you must restart the entire level over again for, such as I had to, which can lead to 20-30 minutes of lost time. Seeing as how the game has been out a while not as many bugs should persist as you see reported on the message boards. The ending is anticlimactic. More of the game should have been spent platforming/fighting enemies etc as opposed to just breaking barriers which bouncers and moving gateway triggers. The levels are big and have multiple branching paths which can be confusing because you have to spend way too much time solving similar puzzles. Some levels such as running from something, or guiding the way for someone, break up the monotony, but are too few and far between. I would there would have been more of those different type of levels. Each level boils down to using the ship and the guy, each of which feels like the last time you used them. Still a fun game and inventive way to incorporate music into it all. Also there is the cuteness factor. 7.5/10
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6 persone su 11 (55%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 26 ottobre 2014
Way too many bugs. Sometimes its a matter of just leaving the game and returning. Other times you had to restart the entire level. Finally got to the point where the annoyance level exceeded the fun level. Otherwise its not a bad game. If they ever fix all the bugs I might return to it.
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3 persone su 6 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
0.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 12 ottobre 2014
Its ok, but the music can get a little annoying. Also the stuttering weird voice, my god...
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3 persone su 6 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 25 ottobre 2014
It felt like this game was 90% slow, annoying puzzles and set-up, 10% fast, fun, rhythmic motion.
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 9 ottobre 2014
This is a mostly good game. I read some of the reviews while playing it, and for a while I disagreed. I have a lower end computer, and for most of the game the fps was fine, which worked for me. I loved the music, and at first worried that I would get sick of hearing the same song for upwards of 45 minutes or so, but it was always just fine, seeing as how it would always play differently depending where in the level you are. The songs are fantastic, no doubt about that. The problems with the game are all in the final level. Many of the puzzling elements are quite forgiving, and moving around each level is relaxing a majority of the time. Not so for the final level. It was buggy (I ran into three bugs within a half-hour), ridiculously hard (most puzzles in the game I cleared on the first or second try, for the final level the last puzzle took me twenty minutes alone), and the game wraps up in a cliched ridden and unsatisfying way. It could have been so much better, had it been anything like the previous levels. The worst part is, it leaves you on a sour note. The last level makes me bring the game from a 9/10 to a 6.5/10. I still suggest you play the game. Just set your BS tolerance on high for the final level.
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6 persone su 6 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 2 gennaio 2014
BeatBuddy è un gioco che mi ha colpito non poco.
Esteticamente è molto bello anche se di fondo si nota una certa semplicità nella costruzione dei livelli.
Ha una serie di tracce musicali che scandiscono ogni livello che, nonostante non siano tutte efficaci alla stessa maniera, sono veramente fighissime.
Il character design l'ho trovato disgustoso, la storia ignobile, skippata alla grande. Ma sono solo futili dettagli perchè il gioco è divertente. Il flow dei comandi sulla base regala momenti esaltanti, altri incantevoli.
È un gioco, comunque, rilassante, non impegnativo che regala qualche ora di spensieratezza.
Consigliato alla grande.

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5 persone su 5 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
3.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 7 gennaio 2014
Davvero bello, direi unico.
I livelli sono molto caratterizzati e diversi, ogni elemento dell'ambiente produce un suono e nel loro insieme compongolo la musica del gioco, spostandosi questa cambia in base agli elementi che incontriamo.
Il gameplay è valido, non ci sono enigmi :) almeno fino al punto in cui sono adesso, non è diffcile ma neanche banale.
C'è una storia che lega il tutto, e poi, più si avanza più si scoprono nuovi elementi e meccaniche di gioco.

Sicuramente verrà apprezzato maggiormente da chi ha un subwoofer, adoro incontrare i bassi ^^
Negli extra è presente il fotoracconto di come hanno sviluppato il gioco che viene sbloccato man mano si raccolgono le gemme sparse fra i livelli.

Graficamente molto curato, con uno stile limpido e colori ben bilanciati.

Cosigliato :)
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3 persone su 4 (75%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 marzo 2014
Ho completato tutti e sei i livelli di Beatbuddy con entusiasmo per la colonna sonora e parte integrante del gioco. Musiche bellissime. Anche la grafica del gioco l'ho trovata piacevole, colorata e curata. Lo stesso non si può dire della giocabilità: innumerevoli bug mi hanno fatto ricominciare i livelli per poter andare avanti. è un aspetto che i programmatori dovrebbero sinceramente decidere di curare quanto prima. Per il resto, interessanti i puzzle, a volte anche complicati.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
2.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 4 luglio 2014
Che dire, potrebbe essere un gran bel gioco, ma presenta molti difetti e bug che a mio parere dovrebbero far abbassare il suo prezzo fino a 2 euro scarsi.
Mi sento di sconsigliarlo per questi motivi:
- iniziando un livello a metà dall'ultimo salvataggio spesso l'intero puzzle di gioco si bugga, le conchiglie che vanno a ritmo si fermano così come tutti i mob del livello. Bisogna quindi ricominciare da capo il livello e diventa una rottura dopo poco tempo;
- considerati questi difetti che lo rendono ingiocabile, i produttori non lo hanno mai aggiornato a dovere con dei fix.
Non conpratelo al prezzo intero perchè non ne vale la pena, aspettate i saldi, anche se un gioco quasi ingiocabile non dovrebbe neanche esistere sul mercato.
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4 persone su 7 (57%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
3.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 aprile 2014
Sarò un po' cattivo ma è giusto dire che un titolo come questo non vale la pena comprarlo. Il difetto che salta subito all'occhio è il level design che è a tratti dispersivo e quasi sempre monotono, a parer mio solo questo basta a rendere il gioco frustrante e meno giocabile. I comandi sono precisi da far schifo e la storia è piatta e poco coinvolgente.
Il punto forte del gioco è sicuramente la colonna sonora che spazia dall'electro swing al funk, fino alle sonorità disco rivisitate degli anni 80 che mammamia andate ad ascoltare. Altro punto a favore sono le animazioni e le ambientazioni, azzeccate e davvero ben realizzate.

Sono sicuro che Beatbuddy sarebbe potuto risultare più appetibile se gli sviluppatori avessero speso un po' più di tempo a migliorare i difetti prima elencati. Se siete interessati a comprarlo fatelo solo se in è sconto.
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91 persone su 112 (81%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
3.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 12 marzo 2014
Very fun,cute and pretty little game! The gameplay is kinda simple but the story still very enjoyable. The house/jazzy soundtrack is really nice to hear while playing; it creates a relaxing atmosphere. This game is addictive somehow ^^
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53 persone su 60 (88%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 15 agosto 2013
Beatbuddy... The title suggests this game is all about music and in a way it is, but don't expect something like Bit.Trip Runner, Symphony or Audiosurf here. Beatbuddy is an action adventure where your enemies produce the sounds resulting in a track for each of the six levels. The levels themselves are big and should take you around 30-45 minutes to finish. So completing the game will take you about 5-6 hours. I can tell you that that's more than enough because Beatbuddy just doesn't have enough variety to keep things interesting for much longer than that. True, it introduces new puzzles and enemies in every level that you play, like so many other games really, but for Beatbuddy is just isn't enough.

Plus, the fact that I experienced 2 game breaking bugs made me realize that Beatbuddy is a good game, but nothing groundbreaking. I can understand that a game has bugs, as long as they don't break the game but for a game that's 2D and somewhat linear it's unforgiving. Especially if it's such a short experience.
On the other hand; the levels are well made and have beautiful art so it's not all bad.

My advice to you: grab it when it's on sale.

[Rating: 65/100]
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46 persone su 57 (81%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
3.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 marzo 2014
I really, REALLY wanted to love Beatbuddy. Games that incorporate music into their gameplay are kind of my thing, and to the game's credit it does start out VERY strong. The first half hour or so is incredibly fun and inventive as you experience how the game layers beats on top of each other to create the main song of the level, and discovering each new creature and how it interacts with the soundtrack and Beatbuddy gameplay wise is incredibly novel. Sadly the gameplay fails to stay fresh for very long, relying on the same bounce pad and reflector tile gameplay for the majority of the game, which is pretty disappointing for a game that's only 3 hours long.

The first thing you'll notice are how floaty the controls feel. The game (appears) to be set underwater, so that point can be somewhat forgiven, but if you're playing with a keyboard and mouse the poor controls are really put front and center. The majority of the game is based upon interacting with your environment, using keys in locks, hitting things to the beat, etc. However this quickly becomes INFURIATING when Beatbuddy simply refuses to pick up an object or swim a certain direction, ESPECIALLY in time sensitive situations. I can count on one hand the times during my playthrough that Beatbuddy picked up or placed an object where I wanted to the first time without having to click the mouse repeatedly. Another totally bizarre control issue is that Beatbuddy will occasionally just stop listening to your commands altogether and swim in completely random directions, sometimes coinciding with your mouse being over the foreground art but sometimes due to nothing at all. All this leads to a very obnoxious gameplay experience at best, and a potentially maddening one at worst. Eventually you get used to it (about 30 minutes before the end, unfortunately) but when the game throws handfuls of enemies at you at once and you're being helplessly knocked around while the game ignores mouse input, or given a time sensitive puzzle and Beatbuddy flat out REFUSES to pick up an essential piece of the puzzle in a timely manner, you can't help but feel let down.

Thankfully Beatbuddy is forgiven some of its gameplay missteps with a very charming art style, which is a 3D character model on top of very beautiful layered 2D art, although for a musically driven game the soundtrack is surprisingly mediocre, save for a few standouts. While the first level is designed extremely well in regards to introducing not only the layers of song throughout the level in a gradual and fun way, but also the creatures of the world and how they interact with you and the song, that detail seems to go out the window past the first few levels. The soundtrack becomes just the backdrop as the game progresses instead of a major gameplay element, with a few exceptions of course. The fact that the game forgoes a lot of these fun ways to introduce the song of the level compounded with the hit or miss controls and the fact that you see most of what the gameplay has to offer very early on makes the Beatbuddy segments seem like filler until you get to the next vehicle sequence, which is when you get to hear the level's song in its entirety (or as much as they were allowed to play, as the "level's song in its entirety" actually only ever ends up being maybe a 15 second loop of a chunk of the chorus). It began to feel like I was just chugging through the same old bounce pad, reflector tile and collect the gems sequences as Beatbuddy until I got to play the next vehicle segment, which turned out to be the game I ACTUALLY wanted to play.

As for the story, it serves its purpose. For a 3 hour game it does its job. The characters are all very likeable and cute, too. Their designs are pretty unique and fit the world well, and they all speak in their own style of beatbox which is pretty endearing. The game has some decent humor in the way of your companion, Clef, dismissing the very clearly falling apart vehicle you both ride in and the Prince character doing some very tongue-in-cheek villain things. Slight spoiler alert here, but the ending seems to happen all at once and with very little fanfare which is very disappointing. For a big, boisterous music game I was expecting a large boss battle with some rousing music, but the ending really comes out of nowhere and happens very quietly. For a short little music game like this I suppose it's fine, I was just hoping for more.

Even with all that being said, there's still something about Beatbuddy. I'd be totally lying if I said a few of the songs weren't still stuck in my head, and I beat it in one sitting and didn't want to stop, which is saying a lot nowadays. Maybe it was because I wanted to see what the next level was going to look like, or what new mechanic they would introduce, or maybe I just wanted to hear what the next song would be. Unfortunately with the gameplay flaws and short gametime Beatbuddy comes off as less of a good videogame and more of a really enjoyable interactive music video. If that's fine to you, by all means pick up this game. If you're really pining for a new music game, pick up this game. For everyone else I'd say maybe avoid this one. Pick up some of the greats (Audiosurf, Beat Hazard, etc.) or maybe get it on sale.
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