Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Developer: Empty Clip Studios
Publisher: Empty Clip Studios
It’s time to make use of your music library once again, as another indie title sets a focus on music fueled gameplay. It’s not quite like Beat Hazard and definitely not like Audiosurf. Symphony, by Empty Clip Studios, infects your music library and tasks you to eradicate the invaders.
The design behind Symphony is a relatively simple concept. The best way to have the most fun possible is to ensure that you have an expansive music library when playing. Symphony comes pre-loaded with a few songs to play with, but there is plenty of support to import your own. When picking your songs, you can sort by the artist or album. Faster paced songs increase the gameplay tension, while slower and more peaceful songs deliver a more relaxed experience. Unlike Beat Hazard, the game’s atmosphere seems to stay more in sync with the music and will adjust accordingly. This in itself is a great consistent factor to Symphony.
Graphics are crisp and the colors are bright. This game sort of feels like it has a Geometry Wars skin slapped right over its and it feel is just right. Sound quality is also a given as it directly plays your songs from your computer. Audio tracks come out crystal clear and sound just as good as any media player’s capabilities. Gameplay is pretty basic and relatively easy concerning its core fundamentals. You control a ship (using your mouse) through a hostile stream of music that is constantly launching enemies and projectiles at you. Destroy the enemies and collect the notes to maximize your score. Take your score and compare it with your friends, as Symphony also supports a leaderboard system.
As you progress further into the game there comes a time where you will be able to purchase upgrades for your ship. The usefulness of some of these new weapons seems questionable, but there are some select weapons that do seem to show their worth. Obviously, the upgrade system is to help push the game along and is not necessarily a huge addition to the game itself. Most people want a sense of progress in a game to keep going and this is just enough of a touch to give a sense of accomplishment.
Despite its creative twist, Symphony only feels slightly above average in the casual games market. This certainly doesn’t mean you should pass this title up, however, as Symphony proves to be good fun for the casual gamer. Instead of listening to music by its lonesome, you can take on some Galaga like gameplay to go with it. As alluded to before, fast paced music seems to be the best avenue to go with. Jamming out to some heavy rock and blasting away at enemies while doing so, can certainly eat up a few hours of your day. If you are big into music and are looking to spend a few hours on entertaining yourself, Symphony might be the solution to the situation. You can pick it up for $9.99 on Steam, GoodOleGames, or your other favorite indie game distribution sites.
Overall Rating: 3.75/5