Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Review: Audiosurf

Audiosurf (2008)
Developer: Dylan Fitterer
Platform: PC
Purchase Date: 05/27/2008

The game opted for the wire-frame look but it's not as pretty as Rez.

Audiosurf is a marriage between Klax and a rhythm-action game. The concept is simple: pick any of the pre-packaged music, or any audio files that the player has, and ride a futuristic looking vehicle across a long stretch of a Rez-ish 3D highway that is constructed to react in tune with the selected music track. Different colored blocks would then fill up the lanes and it is up to the player to collect and match 3 blocks of the same color in an effort to score the highest points possible.

It's like a rollercoaster ride!

The gameplay description above may sound simple but there are a lot of depths in the strategy due to the different modes of play based on the variation of characters available in the game. For example, one character is able top pick up and save a block for later use while another has the ability to jump over the blocks to avoid picking them up. The characters are divided up into 3 different categories based on their difficulty levels.

The "Casual Characters" are great when you just want to chill out.

The triumph of this game is that you will never tire of it. It's a game that is easy to come back to whenever you are in the mood to listen to some music. You can use any CDs or music files on your PC to play it. Adding to an already infinite replay value, there are also free songs to continually download. The game analyzes the tracks very quickly before gameplay begins and the way the flow and the rhythm of the action on-screen match what is playing in the background is quite remarkable.

A quiet moment on the track.

The game only costs $9.99. It's a steal. The game is definitely worth more than the measly price we are asked to pay for it. It even supports the rumble feature of the X-Box 360 controller for increased euphoria. It is the perfect companion piece to your music collection, especially if you are a gamer. To complete the experience, there is an online ranking system in the game that adds a more competitive spirit to the occasion. There is actually one leader-board per song title! No, not per genre... Per song! Quite impressive. An absolute genius of a music/puzzle creation.

RATING: 5 out of 5

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