Sound Shapes Review
As you progress through the 5 albums, objects are unlocked to be used in the Editor mode. These items can be enlarged, shrunk, rotated and placed wherever you like. Unlike other level editors, Sound Shapes makes this mode easily accessible for newbies. You may be surprised at how well your first level turns out. I know I was as I expected to completely fail in creating any pleasing audio through my remix of the game’s songs. Assuming you can’t get the creative juices flowing, there’s always the community option. Here players can upload and share their user-created levels online, similar to what we’ve seen in other titles like LittleBigPlanet. Already people have started posting recognizable pieces. In no time you can be piecing together the tune from Star Wars or Super Mario Bros. in addition to some catchy, original content.
Two Games for the Price of One
When you purchase Sound Shapes on the PlayStation Network, you are given both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions for the price of one. That’s not bad for $15. Trophy hunters will find a much bigger reason to enjoy this bonus. The save data can be synced between the two versions of Sound Shapes. What this means is whatever trophies you earn on one system can be unlocked on the other system. You can effectively gain two Platinum trophies out of one through syncing. That’s sure to grab the attention of those looking to beef up their Platinum count. Just be warned that this isn’t the easiest Platinum to obtain, but like I said, overcome the difficulties set forth by Death Mode and you’ll have yourself two shiny new Platinum trophies.
Fairly Short Campaign
With only 5 albums to play through, the game can be completed rather quickly. We’re talking just a couple hours. If you don’t think you’ll spend too much time in the level editor or test yourself in Death Mode, you may find the content lacking. It is a fun diversion that definitely provides enjoyment while it lasts, and may even call you back occasionally, but with so many other retail and downloadable titles bombarding the system, money has to be spent wisely. This is why those not willing to dive into the creation options or post-game modes in Sound Shapes will walk away with a mildly entertaining, but overall short experience.
Sound Shapes is an addictive new title with a focus on rhythmic platforming that does it all right. From the eye-catching presentation to the addictive gameplay, the game proves to be one of the best PSN titles available. It is always a blast to progressively piece together each album’s catchy, and somewhat calming, songs as you take your rolling ball on a vibrant adventure. The campaign may be short, but Death Mode, Beat School and the ability to create and share levels ensures that Sound Shapes will hold your attention for a while, at least for those willing to invest their time in the more rewarding aspects of the game.[Editor's Note: Sound Shapes was reviewed on the PlayStation 3 platform. The game was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]
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