When I saw this game pop up in the store, I was quick to just go by and not pick it up. But for some reason, it wanted me to buy it. At first I thought of it as a mix between Audiosurf and Bit Trip Runner.
My guess was not far off.
The style of gameplay they chose reminds me of DDR with the WASD keys, and arrow keys being used. The keys are color coded for W (Orange), S (Green), A (Blue), and D (Pink). You also use the directional keys in Intense mode (where you use both WASD and Up/Down/Left/Right). The music analysis does a good job of deciding how it determines the beat of the music (Tempo, Energy Spikes, etc). It also displays how stable/unstable the song is based on the rhythm and beat. Some songs are match well, some you will noticed that the beat is not perfect. But for a music game to be able to adapt to that, I'll praise that.
The movement between different actions you have to perform is very fluid, and the speed varies with how fast and intense your song is. One song may be slow and easy to pick up, another song you may find yourself flailing your fingers on the keyboard hoping to hit something. One of the complaints I have is that there is quite a bit of motion blur when the music is fast, making it sometimes difficult to see what is coming up next. I don't think the blur is so much the game as it could be the monitor (I'm running on a 60Hz).
The timing is iffy at best, as it seems to either want to be Good or Perfect. It's difficult to determine where the best spot to execute the action is, but given it is an Early Access Game, I'll let that slide and hope it is better refined.
The game changes from running on the ground, to flying in the air, which is kind of cool. I do think that the transition from the ground to the air can be very sudden sometimes, which may make you miss a hit. Otherwise the flying is very similar. You either press the corresponding key, or hold the corresponding key.
Overall, I found myself playing the game with my music collection, and I enjoyed it. All the way from Sonata Arctica, to Pendulum, and more. The amount of colors and eye candy in this game make it very appealing. But do becareful, if you play for a long time, you may get eye strain and a headache from all the fast movement. What do you expect from a side scrolling rhythm game anyways?
I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys listening to music, and who also enjoys playing along with their music and chiming in with the beat.
I know I will be sinking a bit of time into this game.
Posted: February 26th, 2014