Hands On ‘Sound Shapes’ for PS Vita

Posted By | On 01st, Aug. 2011 Under Editorials, offbeat, Previews

As I attended a Sony event there was much to see there including Playstation 3 titles that have yet to be released and a couple of PS Vita Games.  One of them was Uncharted: Golden Abyss which by now as impressive as it is, I know the demo like the back of my hand.  The other title was Sound Shapes and was a very unique game to be launching for the PS Vita.  It is a rhythm game where graphics and visuals are not what make the game good as they may have added to it, the core lays within the gameplay.

The game can almost be compared to the Patapon series for Sony PSP’s and Playstation 3’s.  There is still much difference between the two as Sound Shapes can be seen a musical instrument but at its heart it is a classic 2D platformer.  You move along as let’s say a cube and each shape you touch or jump onto creates a different sound that adds to a musical track being constructed as you progress through the level.  Ultimately the more you progress the more intricate the song will be.  What is cool is that the musical track or level is unique to you, because any shapes missed along the way also effect the outcome of the song as that sound will not be in the track truly making thins and original experience.

When I mentioned the game being a musical instrument before it was because you can go into a creation mode and make your own level, but you are really making you’re own song.  You can use the touch pad in very creative ways to construct you’re level, adding different sounds in as shapes of all kinds as well as different sizes.  Impressively almost all musical instruments can be used in the game to create songs and levels.  This also makes for some already loaded levels in the game very complex and varying in range from genre.  People can create songs and from the above trailer seemingly shows them being shared them with others, leaving plenty of content for the game.  The game also takes advantage of the back touch pad and all in all can become quite a complex game when creating levels or playing levels someone has created.

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