Flashback Backlog: Sound Shapes

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Sound Shapes came out for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita in 2012. To this day it is still one of the best games on the Playstation Network. Something about Sound Shapes is just simply beautiful. For starters, the colors and designs that the game shows off are simply astounding. Its straightforward use of shading and colors is an example of how a simple presentation can be the best form of it. Sound Shapes is a game all about music. It is a platformer, but what sets it apart from the rest is the fact that doesn’t define itself with its platformer gameplay, but its use of the music that drives it. Littered with tracks from Beck, Deadmau, and Jim Guthrie, Sound Shapes doesn’t lack quality music. As you navigate through levels collecting nodes, the music will kick up, change and adapt, adding a dynamic element to it. You can also make your own beats and levels by going into Sound Shapes’ editor mode. Once you are satisfied with your creation, you can upload them, so other players can enjoy them. After you beat the short campaign, you unlock Beat School and Death Mode. These modes add a more challenging aspect to the game. In beat school you have to create a specific beat which can be used as practice to create your own stage. Death Mode adds in a time limit for you to collect all the nodes on-screen which is harder than it sounds. It’s actually painfully hard at times since most levels require a lot of luck to succeed. But eventually if you slog through it long enough and beat all of the levels, you’ll be looking at a platinum trophy. So if you’re looking for a $10 game on the Playstation Network be sure to check out Sound Shapes.

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+ Excellent design and colorful backgrounds

+ Diverse and lively soundtrack (Play it with headphones!)

+Creation and sharing methods

-Main campaign is about two hours long

-Death Mode is unfair at times, with luck being highly required instead of skill

 

My Rating: 8 out of 10SoundShapes1-2.17

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