User Reviews: Sound Shapes PS3 User Review

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Sound Shapes User Review

More Game Info (Print This Article)













Replay Value:



Overall Rating:       8.2



Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Number Of Players:




Following the Vita’s launch lineup in February of this year, the powerful handheld has been in a bit of a software slump. The system has yet to find its identity, but with several promising platformers (About a Blob, Rayman, LittleBigPlanet), the Vita may have found its niche.

Among the above mentioned platformers is Queasy Games’ Sound Shapes. A download-only title released in August, Sound Shapes is a simple, music-centric platformer that has players guiding a blob through different levels while collecting notes. As the player collects these notes, the song will grow and build until its ultimate fulfillment at the end of each level. The five albums the game is based upon are, for the most part, outstanding, with contributions from Jim Guthrie, I am Robot and Proud, and Beck. Replayability is mostly dependent on your enjoyment of each album, so if you don’t like the music, there is little incentive to go back through the main campaign.

If the music is a throwaway for you and you are simply a fan of platformers, the game may disappoint. The mechanics are solid, but they lack the precision that some of the levels demand. The game is challenging at times, but most of the time dying feels cheap. Instead of telling myself that I should have timed a jump better, I would just do the same thing over and over again until it worked. It is this inconsistency that knocked the game down a few notches. I also felt like the difficulty was not graded properly. Some levels are too easy, some are very difficult, and others are a mixed bag. Despite these flaws, the platforming is generally fun and enjoyable, but it does not stand up with the genres elite.

One thing I love about Sound Shapes is the overall presentation. Everything from the organization of the menus to the soothing colors promotes ease of access. Slide your finger one way for community access, or the other for the album selection. There is no wasted motion – an essential quality for an on-the-go experience.

Sound Shapes boasts an incredible soundtrack and excellent overall presentation, but is hindered by some so-so platforming mechanics. If this were the entirety of the game I would score it between 7.5 and 8. There is one more thing, however, and it is a big one – Community! Sound Shapes, like LittleBigPlanet, gives the player the tools to create wholly unique levels for sharing with the Sound Shapes community. While nowhere near as advances as LBP, Sound Shapes has plenty of features that have already been implemented in some very clever community levels.

The touchscreen also makes rotating, resizing, and placing pieces easy to use, making it perfect for casual gamers who do not have the time to spend hours on a single segment. My only gripe with the level editor is the limited musical capability. A track loops every three screens, making it impossible to create multi-tiered, varied musical compositions. I was looking forward to recreating some of my favorite video-game tracks, but I could only produce infinitely looping segments of audio. I guess I’ll have to stick with youtube.

Overall, Sound Shapes is a solid game with some fantastic music. I would pay $15 for the albums alone, but getting a decent platformer and level-editor thrown in? I’ll take it. Sound Shapes is one of the better games available on the PSN, and for Vita owners it’s about as close to a no-brainer as you’re gonna get.

This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.

User review by Remo Williams

9/27/2012 9:08:08 PM

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

New Comment System

Legacy Comment System (0 posts)

There are no comments to display.

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Latest Updates

Shadow of the Colossus Review
3d, 18h, 16m ago (2 comments)

Strikers Edge Review
7d, 18h, 56m ago (19 comments)

Okami HD Review
8d, 16h, 48m ago (6 comments)

Ultimate Chicken Horse Review
12d, 11h, 42m ago (16 comments)

Black Mirror Review
27d, 23h, 44m ago (23 comments)

Our Poll

How often do you visit the site?
Once a day
Several times a day
Every few days
Once a week
This is my first visit
I've never been here, even now I am not here

Previous Poll Results