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Game Reviewed: Sound Shapes
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Queasy Games
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3 (also on Vita)
Category: Music, Platformer
ESRB Rating: E
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Sound Shapes is a simple, yet fun, and sometimes challenging game that is available for the Playstation3 and Playstation Vita via the Playstation Network. The game consists of three main modes. First is the campaign mode which takes place in a 2D environment over 5 worlds (called albums) in which you control a ball like object through a series of obstacles while collecting circles that add to the beat of the background music. Just be sure to stay away from anything that is the color red as it will cause your ball to be destroyed bringing you back to the last checkpoint. The second mode is called Death Mode which gives the player timed challenges to complete. The third mode is called Beat School which takes advantage of Sound Shape’s level editor challenging the player to create certain beats.
Also of note, each album (or world) was designed by a different visual artist and the music for each album was done by a different musician, including some famous musicians such as Beck and deadmau5. This gives both the visual design and the music of each album its own unique feel within the Sound Shapes universe.
I am hesitant to call anything in this game violent, but if your ball encounters anything red, it will be evaporated and you will have to restart from your last checkpoint. Some red obstacles do include lasers from guns, missiles, and fire from explosions.
There is not bad language in this game.
There is no sexual content in this game
Again because of the nature of this game, I am hesitant to label anything in it spiritual content, but one level is called Purgatory, and another level has an area where it looks like there is an alter in front of the deadmau5 symbol (which is a mouse’s head, but looks like a mascot head.)
I found Sound Shapes to be a lot of fun. The price is right too at only $15 on the Playstation Network. Plus, that price gets you a copy both for your PS3 and your Vita, so if you own both systems, you get both versions of the game with a single purchase. If you enjoy 2D side scrolling games, then I would definitely recommend giving Sound Shapes a try.