Verdict: The more I play this game, the more I like it.
In a Nutshell: Audiosurf is a rythm arcade racer with tracks built from your music library.
“Audiosurf is a music-adapting puzzle racer where you use your own music to create your own experience. The shape, the speed, and the mood of each ride is determined by the song you choose. You earn points for clustering together blocks of the same color on the highway, and compete with others on the internet for the high score on your favorite songs.”
- Fun Rating: Fun
- ESRB: n/a
- Players/Mode: Single-player, Two-player/co-op
- Game Duration: as many songs as you want to play through
- System: PC
- Developer: Dylan Fitterer
- Website: http://www.audio-surf.com/
- Cost: $9.99 at Steam (demo from there as well)
|Would I play this again?||yes|
|Would I recommend this game?||yes|
|Was the story good?||n/a|
|Was the music good?||obviously|
|Were the graphics good?||yes|
|Was this game difficult?||no|
|Was this game frustrating?||no|
|Was this game offensive?||no|
|Was this game worth your time/money?||yes|
Playing the game
Use the mouse to navigate your ship to the song of your choice as you collect colored blocks for points.
What the game gets right
The graphical rendition of music is an extremely clever idea and well executed in Audiosurf. Add to that the rendering of your music library, instead of a limited set picked by the developer, and the experience is much more enjoyable.
Online leader boards are, in my mind, a great idea and the closest many of us will get to reliving the classic arcade experience of seeing your 3 initials on your favorite machine.
The big, giant warning screen about over stimulation was laughable when I started up the game. But, after ONE decent speed song I understand; it’s there for a very good reason!
What the game gets wrong
Due to copy protection on your iTunes downloads, you are required to burn the purchased songs to a CD in order to play them. Maybe that’s something iTunes gets wrong instead?
Uhm . . . that’s about it.
Sum it up
AudioSurf would be a great addition to a portable (DS or PSP or . . . iPhone?) I would think, but it’s definitely engrossing on a big screen. Give it a try, just make sure you follow their recommendations on the warning label.