Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.
Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.
After being labelled "defective" after an experiment unexpectedly fuses his personal music player to his heart, Chai must fight to get free of both the label and the corporation that did this to him. With your crew of companions, you explore the world and take on battles. It's a familiar challenge, here though everything moves to the beat - not only attacks but the movement of platforms and enemies.
As you progress you get to know the city and take on the corporate armies with your rhythm-amplified combat. It's like other rhythm action games, only here you are landing hits rather than dance moves. You don't have to stick to the beat but when you do you chain more powerful attacks.
The result is a vibrant euphoric brawling challenge that manages to put music at the heart of every interaction and movement. Add to this music from Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy and The Joy Formidable and it starts to really stand out as a novel idea well executed with high production values.
Release Date: 23/01/2023
Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Genres: Fighting, Rhythm, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Collecting and Sequencing)
Accessibility: 34 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Developer: Tango Gameworks (@TangoGameworks)
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You can play this game in the following styles:
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combination of movement and timing requires younger players to cope with these things at the same time. There's also a lot of information to process on the bright and busy screen. The difficulty settings enable younger players to play this.
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As well as difficulty settings you can enable:
- Auto-Action Mode: Automatically selects the right kind of attack for different enemies. You also dodge, parry and grapple enemies automatically. When this is enabled you can still perform other attacks at will. (It's worth noting that other gameplay still requires specific button presses).
- Single Key Rhythm Game Mode: Maps all rhythm interactions to a single button rather than a sequence of button presses.
The game also includes two additional subtitle settings: Context Subtitles are optional subtitling for the environmental text that appears in events and cutscenes, while Action Voice subtitles can be enabled to display character banter during battle.
There are visual representations of the rhythm so you can play without sound. As well as the environment pulsing to the beat, your floating cat provides a glowing metronome. You can turn on Rhythm Assist which visualizes the beat across the bottom of the screen. This can be toggled on and off via the View button on the controller or the Tab button on the keyboard.
There are colourblind settings to adjust the colours of the UI, menus, and gameplay. Choose between settings for Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopia and adjust the strength of the chosen option.
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