Sound Shapes | July 21, 2013 PlayStation Exclusive Title
Video games that have strong bases in music are usually really outstanding or they are a giant waste of time and money. Sound Shapes however nails it from start to finish. The intelligent and unique gameplay really shows how a game can be something familiar and something that we have never seen before at the same time. Sound Shapes is very different from most things that you can play but it is far from a niche game. You should at least download the demo and try it for yourself and find out why we had such high praise for what the game does and how successfully it does it. You get to play this kind of blob thing that kind of looks like an egg that has been cooked sunny side up. We know it sounds funny but it works. You stick to certain things and you will also stick to things that are the same color as you. There is only one bad guy the color red. Anything that is the red will destroy you and you have to restart at a save point. The game has lots of save points, so you don’t have to restart to far back. It is a brilliant style of gameplay, remember anything red is bad, so don't touch it!
The game is at its heart a side scrolling 2D platformer with outstanding music. Musicians like Beck, deadmau5, I Am Robot and Pixeljam create the musical background for the different series of levels to play through. The goal besides getting to the end is to find a way to get these little orbs that are all over the place and each one adds a new musical note or instrument to the music playing in the background. The music is also in rhythm with the moving objects on screen so your timing needs to also be in rhythm with the music to make the right move to get where you are going. There are five albums in total and 20 levels to play through in the campaign mode. Each album is different but the levels on the albums are more in-depth than the previous ones in the same style.
The key here is that you can download user created levels, meaning that the game could have hundreds of hours of gameplay and thousands of levels to download as long as the Sound Shapes community keeps making and uploading new levels. Even the DLC content for this game is either free or just $2.00 making even more things to do and make. That of course means tons and tons of stuff to do for a price of $15.00. Sound Shpaes does have cross play with the Vita and the PlayStation 3 and 4. The Vita version does use the touch screen and touch pad to make different music that we don't think you can do on the PlayStation 3 but the PlayStation 4 new controller will. Sony has really come up with some great unique games from there smaller independent studios. The creativity in Sound Shapes for "want to be" game creators was easy to figure out and could make a person want to make games full time. Sound Shapes is easily worth buying and we wish there were some more levels to play through during the campaign. Taking chances like this should be congratulated with us buying this greatness.