Soundodger+ combines the twitchiness of bullet hell shooters with the sonic thrills of rhythm games to create a wholly unique experience. Studio Bean has updated the original Adult Swim Games title with all-new tracks, controller support, and a fully-featured level editor. Plus, auto-generate stages from your own music library!Update!
User reviews: Very Positive (282 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 11, 2013

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December 9, 2014

Game Update: Dec. 9, 2014

A small update went out tonight! The changes allow creators more freedom in personalizing their levels.

Changelog for Soundodger+:
- In Editor: Ctrl+H to convert selected bullet markers to Heart bullets
- In Editor: Ctrl+P to set a custom audio preview for the Song Selection screen
- In XML: you can now set "difficulty" to any value from 1 to 100
- In XML: you can add a custom "subtitle" to display under the artist name

A more detailed description of this update can be found in this post.

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Reviews

“It’s a thing of beauty, this game.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“A lovely and brutal exercise in pure arcade music gaming.”
4/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“Soundodger+ is less a game and more an entirely different way to experience music.”
4.5/5 – PC World

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About This Game

Soundodger+ combines the twitchiness of bullet hell shooters with the sonic thrills of rhythm games to create a wholly unique experience. Studio Bean has updated the original Adult Swim Games title with all-new tracks, controller support, and a fully-featured level editor. Plus, auto-generate stages from your own music library!

Update! October 13, 2014

  • 6 new music tracks (see below for full track list)
  • Steam Trading Cards support

    Update! March 7, 2014

  • 6 new music tracks (see below for full track list)
  • Smooth Listening Mode: play for score without audio penalties when getting hit
  • Larger window sizes added: press F3 when in windowed mode to cycle between them

    Key Features

  • 35 music tracks, over half new to the Steam edition
  • Artists include celebrated game musicians Disasterpeace (FEZ, Runner2), Danny Baranowsky (The Binding of Isaac) and more
  • Auto-generate levels in a snap using your personal music collection
  • Create and share original levels using the all-new level editor
  • Engage slo-mo for the trickiest sequences, or embark on a risk-free musical journey in Zen mode

    Full Track List

  • Anoctave - Frog of Lore
  • Austin Wintory - Lost Age
  • Bean - Senioritis
  • Bean - Sixteen & Dangerous
  • Bean - Solvalou
  • Bill Kiley - Foxtail Socks
  • Bill Kiley - Glowing Cubes
  • Bill Kiley - Rake Leaves Into Piles
  • Bill Kiley - Ye Olde Future
  • Chelsea Howe - A Walk In The Park
  • D.WIGHT - Outside Wars
  • D.WIGHT - Waves From Nothing
  • Danny Baranowsky - Kirkhope
  • Delasaurus - Fields & Reaches
  • Disasterpeace - Daisy Wheel
  • Ghost Kollective - Dummy (Radio Edit)
  • Lifeformed - Chloroplast Skin
  • Lifeformed - Forgotten Tea
  • Louis Gorenfeld - MIDI Murder Box
  • Mike Forst - I Do, What I Want
  • Mike Forst - Katapult
  • North Base - Overdose
  • Sonic - Distant Stars

    New Tracks! March 7, 2014

  • Bean - Shibuya
  • Ben Prunty - Crispy Static
  • Chipzel - Tokyo Skies
  • Doseone - Samurai Gunn (Title)
  • Eirik Suhrke - Menu (Super Crate Box)
  • Jukio Kallio - Nuclear Throne (Theme)

    New Tracks! October 13, 2014

  • A_Rival - Venus
  • Constrobuz - HP Restored
  • Popskyy - Samurai
  • Sferro & Tommy - Rapture (Rex Ronan Remix)
  • Tommy - Nocturnal Wanderings
  • trash80 - missing_you

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 180 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 180 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Soundodger+ is a game about moving through music.
There are lot of levels with excellent music. Each level is one song during which you must weave in and out of hand-choreographed bullet patterns.Soundodger develop your reaction, but in the same time helps you to relax, especially with great 60fps mode. The music is all original and licensed by an all-star cast of musicians, spanning genres from chiptune, to drum'n'bass, to alt rock. Pleasant listening!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Soundoger+ is an interesting take on the Musical-game market, mashing it with bullet-hell type gameplay to make a fun and quirky little game. A minimalistic stage design combined with bright and contrasting colours allows the player to see every bullet and distinugish it from your "ship" with ease. I found the game suprisingly hard at first , compared to other similar games such as Beat Hazard, but soon got addicted to the challenging gameplay and lovely contrasting colours,and as the stage fires waves of bullets upon you, based upon the tempo, bpm and other characteristics of the song, you have to try and dodge them, and with each hit taken it fastforwards the song. However, on left click you have a 'time-slow' button that allows the player to slow the song down while retaining full movement, but at the cost of not having a multiplier bonus carry through the slow, in order to make the game a bit easier. I found the game suprisingly hard at first , compared to other similar games such as Beat Hazard, but soon got addicted to the challenging gameplay and lovely contrasting colours.

Pros;
Fun, addictive gameplay
Ability to play own music
Clear gameplay.

Cons;
File-selecter takes you out of game, would be nice an in-game one so you can see the colours provided for the stage.
Can be incredibly difficult for beginners, maybe have a difficulty option?

Overall, i would say this a must have if you are into music or bullet-hell games, and with endless replayability i would strongly reccomend this to anyone
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
155.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Who doesn't like bullet hell games? This even has a level editor for endless bullet hell goodness! And with all the updates being pushed out the door to visit us, the fun never ends! Soundodger! Buy it, or you... pretty much won't have anything to do at the end of everything else you do.

More info?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I'm bad at this game.
But *I think* it should improve your multi-tasking skills, right? Which I don't have :P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Probably one of the greatest rhythm games I've ever played. If this game was free, it would completely decimate Stepmania, Osu!, Audiosurf and everything alike. The level editor could also be a bit better...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Worth the money for the soundtrack alone....

Samurai Gunn by Doseone, Katapult by Mike Forst, Fields and Reaches by Delasaurus, Chronoplast Skin by Lifeformed and Overdose by Northbase are insanely good tracks. The other 20+ tracks are a high quality mix of chiptunes, Danny Baranowsky, ambient, orchestral, dubstep and Nuclear Throne.

The gameplay itself is fairly familiar with game name perfectly describing the gameplay. Sound dodger, you dodge shapes representing the sound generated by the background music.

It's one third bullet hell, one third free-form super hexagon and one third addictive chillout rhythm game with the option to import your own tracks into the game, a level editor, a level share option and leaderboards. Borealis more recently offered a similar experience. The music sets Soundodger+ apart.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
A smaller(?) version of this is also available for free as a browser game, but since I got this in a bundle, I have it on Steam. It is a game that I consider useful beyond itself. The way those patterns are designed, it's like training for how to deal with obstacles in life. Knowing when to flow and when to go against the flow, recognizing patterns, and not allowing yourself to be distracted and misled by some patterns. Especially this aspect made me smile more than once, when I noticed how the patterns were trying to throw me off balance.
All this, combined with the music for motivating and appealing even more to the right brain hemi, makes this game a lot more fun to me than for example Super Hexagon, which seems to be all about memorizing and twitch reflexes, while Soundodger is quite the opposite, while also reserving some exceptions from that rule.
Super Hexagon feels like punishment. Soundodger feels like learning, growing.

(Just to be on the safe side though: I wrote this review before trying the high difficulties.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
**MOTION SICKNESS WARNING**

Let's just get that right away out front. I usually do not suffer from motion sickness in video games. But the stark contrast of dark colors rotating rapidly, back and forth, on a white background was enough to make even my eyes and stomach cry mercy after little more than half an hour of play. If you do suffer from motion sickness easily, than this is simply not the game for you.

However, if you aren't subject to that, or play the game in small doses, then this is a pretty fun musical avoidance game. Not unique, but well put together. The music choices are solid. It's easier with a mouse, but there's option to use a controller as well if you have one. There's plenty of songs to unlock, and simply playing through a song once unlocks "Zen mode" where you can basically just have the song play through and not worry about being hit.

One other part that can be annoying for some: The game likes to mess with timing. The things you're trying to dodge can slow down, or speed up, or even reverse, depending on the music. This does make things more challenging. It's somewhat frustrating, because an integral part of dodging is being able to time things. On the other hand, it does make for a bit more uniqueness in the game, and makes it just a little more challenging in those moments.

Pick the game up when it's on sale, but grab the soundtrack too - though it only has about half the songs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Do not play unless Korean. 11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Amazing game! What more could I ask for? money. I could ask for money.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
1st thing's 1st: This game can be rage enducing. That is by no mean bad, however. This game is largely based off of skill and 0% luck, so if anyone says that it is unfair, feel free to knock them out. With that out of the way, let's ge to the review.

Beautiful. That is this game. It is simple, sure, but finely tuned to perfection. It has its flaws, but they are flaws that can actually be worked around easily. This game can introduce you to new music, and increase your hand-mouse-eye coordination while entertaining you. It is literally entirely benefit for only $8. My only complaint is that the auto-gen mode is about as good as a ♥♥♥♥-covered donut.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This is a Great Program/Game to play with your own music that you currently have in your music folders but the random generate is not so very good it dosen't go with the music's waves or beat, you have to do that part all on your own but really great game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Pros:
- Extremely fun. I am not extremely good at bullet hell games, but this still managed to entertain me for mainy hours and has a difficulty curve slow enough for me to really enjoy it without getting my ♥♥♥ handed to me by the difficulty
- Great soundtrack. Started only liking a few songs, but now most of the soundtrack is on my playlist. From the joyful and energetic "Foxtail Socks" to the chaotic "I Do. What I Want" to the almost trance-like beat of "Overdose" to the fantasy soundtrack themed "Lost Age".
- Simple concept done well. Pretty self explanitory. It doesn't do a lot but what it does do it does well.
- Level Editor. For those who want to put the effort to mapping their own songs, there is a full featured level editor (that I haven't explored much)

Cons:
- The Auto-gen mode. It is nowhere near as satisfying as playing through the main soundtrack and user-made levels. It isn't anywhere near the quality of other games in this genre like Audiosurf or Beat Hazard

Other notes:
- If you get hit by a note while playing on a Windows 8 machine, the song doesn't speed up and skip a part of the song like it does on windows 7. This might just be a bug, but I honestly prefer the lack of skip. Personal preference I suppose.

Overall: 8.2/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I love Limpster
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75 of 93 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
It's a game where you dodge things and listen to music, what more could you ask for?
Porn.
You could ask for more porn.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
I barely started playing and I'm already in love with Soundodger+, maybe because I'm addicted to music driven games, but this one is really special! The soundtrack within the game allows you to play what looks like a campaign, unlocking new tracks with your progress, and the music is great, there's even a zen mode to make it even more relaxing! There's also a feature where you can input your music and the game generates a maze for you to play while listening to your favourite songs, how awesome is that? Totally worth it's full price!
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
457.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Soundodger. A music-based bullet hell that scores you based on how perfect you can avoid sound.

The main objective, as aforementioned, is to be perfect at avoiding sound--bullets that spawn into the playing field and follow a particular rhythm and beat of the track. There are four different bullets: linears, bubbles, homers, and hearts. In game, the hearts unlock a new track that can be played as well if you seek to unlock special achievements.

Soundodger+ includes user levels, an editor, and auto-gen mode (creates a randomized level with whatever song selected). By default, there are six premade stages, five that, like the advanced stages, have the heart bullet that can help unlock the same bonus tracks.

My opinions of it all:
The Good
I'm finding myself enjoying the editor a lot, using my favorite songs to craft nice and partially fancy levels. And after achieving perfection with the standard songs, unlocking the advanced stages as well as a couple heart stages, I'm in a constant liking of this game. A nice time-killing on a boring day. I have yet to officially unlock all hearts and getting 100% score on more advanced and premade user levels.

The Bad
Part of me wish there were at least another mode to this game, possibly an alternative, where the game rates how well you can collect specific bullets. Auto-gen, too, isn't very good in creating stages either, but there must be a way they're done. I don't know what more to put here...

Overall
Soundodger is a pretty amazing game with all it already has. Plus, this game is accompanied with a worthwhile soundtrack that I fell in love with the more I kept playing those particular stages. Hopefully, I'll share some of my created stages with the public later on...

--Sir Hermes (the Samurai).
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Just downloaded this game. I was pretty neutral, didn't know what to expect really.

I played this for a while and found myself just sitting there with a gigantic f***ing smile on my face just enjoying the hell out of this game. The sound is amazing, controls are fast and responsive, visuals are clean and stylish and the gameplay is fun and just puts you into a zen like state of flow and enjoyment that is the nicest thing i've experienced in a long time.

Yes, it's pretty simple but it's so very much worth its price (it's too cheap tbh). Honestly, if you don't get this gem you are missing out.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
Soundodgers+ is an exellent update that makes a good game even better. It combines the best aspects of bullet-hell type games with a great soundtrack and hyper-clean visuals that are absolutely stunning on high resolutions. Not only that, but it has a built-in level editor allowing users to download and make their own patterns to music. It also has the ability to auto-generate to songs, but it's not as good as other games in the genre like Symphony.

That said, I would highly recommend this game to people who are fans of bullet-hell, music games or both. If you really want to try it before you buy it, there's a flash version on the Adult Swim website which will give you most of the experience, sans about half of the tracks and custom song support.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
726.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
The sequel to the semi-popular flash game Soundodger on Adult Swim Games, Soundodger+ offers much more in terms of difficulty and replayability.
If you haven't already, check out the original on Adult Swim, here (it has half of the levels, and the same gameplay): http://games.adultswim.com/soundodger-puzzle-online-game.html

Though it may be easy to jump right to the level editor or auto-gen mode, Soundodger+ is mostly about its single-player experience. There are many edge-of-your-seat moments where focus and concentration are key. This may not be apparent from the first few levels or trailer; the game starts off slow, easing you into the later levels with simplified versions of the patterns; it feels a little too slow moving in, and you need to beat ~10 of these levels before the advanced levels can be played. This is my only real gripe though; the level of polish and love put into the later levels is evident in spades. (Look for advanced levels indicated by a black background.)

The quality of music is also exceptional. If you peruse the Indie section of Steam often, there's a good chance that you'll recognize some of the artists; Disasterpeace, Sonic (also known as Jasper Byrne, who did all of Lone Survivor [music too]), Austin Wintory, Danny Baranowsky, Lifeformed, and Bill Kiley. That's not to say that the others not mentioned are bad; far from it. You may recognize Ghost Kollective, but other names such as Mike Forst, D. WIGHT, Anoctave and Bean proved to be exceptional with the tracks they provided.

Next, the editor. Soundodger+ has plenty of very interesting mechanics; you can slow down and invert time, fill the screen with bullets, and control the movement of the outside "enemies." All of this can be accessed and used in the editor. Though initially appearing dense and convoluted, the editor makes a ton more sense after viewing the available online tutorials, and it can be a blast not only to play finished levels, but also to watch said levels as well. Be warned, Soundodger+ only accepts tracks encoded at 44.1 kHz; I ran into the problem of not being able to use some tracks I wanted to because of this.

Finally, the Auto-Gen mode. I put this at the bottom because it's easily the weakest part of Soundodger+. Levels are typically created on a scale of how loud the music is, similar to Audiosurf. If you don't have loud tracks, you'll end up with a level that's too easy, on the scale of the early campaign levels. The levels generated often don't make sense either; the game creates a pattern only when there's a spike in the noise, causing bullets to fire off at seemingly random times. And again, the Auto-Gen mode only works for songs encoded at 44.1 kHz, same as the editor.

TL;DR: Soundodger+ is highly recommended, especially if you're looking for something in the vein of Bit.Trip, Audiosurf, Sound Shapes or 140. Do not buy for the auto-gen; rather, buy for the single player experience.
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