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10:45 AM on 04.16.2014

Music-making game Cosmic DJ has a corgi in it!

This past weekend, I found myself running through the crowds of the PAX East show floor, pushing people out of the way to get to the Indie Megabooth, where Cosmic DJ was waiting for me. As a musician and a fan of music games I would have sought it out anyway. But I found out via Twitter that the game features a corgi, so I took off running.

Dale North

10:30 AM on 03.25.2014

Making multiplayer music in Fantasia: Music Evolved

Harmonix revealed a multiplayer mode for Fantasia: Music Evolved at GDC last week alongside some new songs and levels. I jumped in front of a Kinect sensor to try out the new mode, and it wasn't long before I was flapping my arms to the beat.  Can't you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass?    

Dale North

11:00 AM on 02.17.2014

Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix

It makes sense that when word gets out that Harmonix is working on a new game, everyone is going to want to see it. This was exactly the case at an invite-only showing earlier this month, taking place during D.I.C.E. Summit 2...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 09.05.2013

Audiosurf 2 adds more flash and takes it literally

Formerly known as Audiosurf Air, Audiosurf 2 made an appearance at PAX Prime 2013's Indie Megabooth, and the team was really pushing the new wakeboard mode, wearing life vests and adorning the booth with a custom board. After...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 09.04.2013

Tales from the Crypt (of the NecroDancer)

We named Crypt of the NecroDancer one of our PAX Prime 2013 games of the show, despite its location in the eternally cramped and sweaty Indie Megabooth, and for good reason. Roguelikes may be in vogue right now, but none unt...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 PM on 03.26.2013

Beatbuddy brings the bass beat, buddy

Non-instrument rhythm games seem to be on the up and up these days. Runner 2 and HarmoKnight are two recent examples that really stepped up their game and did a perfect job of blending music and gameplay into one e...

Patrick Hancock

6:00 PM on 02.05.2013

KickBeat is looking like music to the ears of Vita owners

Remember music games? Yeah, those were fun. With the genre's better (or at least its mainstream) days behind, I'm always interested to see in what weird and unique ways it will pop back up. Enter KickBeat, from the house that...

Abel Girmay

7:00 PM on 06.14.2012

Preview: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F has precision issues

Here's a quick lesson on Japanese pop culture: Yamaha sells a software called Vocaloid, which provides the digitized voice of a singer and allows users to incorporate it into their own music productions. Each singer is repres...

Bob Muir

2:00 PM on 06.10.2012

E3: Hands-on with Zen Studios' Kick Beat

Recently, Zen Studios revealed that they were broadening their horizons from the pinball games they're best known for. One of their new projects, Kick Beat, is a rhythm/music title with a martial arts theme planned for releas...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:30 PM on 06.09.2012

E3: I'm an official BandFuse: Rock Legends groupie

Does the market really need another guitar game, and one that teaches you how to play guitar at that? The answer is "yes." I'll tell you why in only two words: Zakk Wylde.

Holly Green

10:00 AM on 05.28.2012

Preview: Rock Band Blitz: New songs and power-ups

We've already given you the full preview rundown of Harmonix's return to track-based music games, Rock Band Blitz, but we're back today with an update preview that reveals new songs and other game features that we missed last time.  Won't you come on and come on and raise your glass to Rock Band Blitz.

Dale North

1:00 PM on 05.11.2012

Preview: Quelling the forces of darkness with Orgarhythm

Last week, Jonathan Holmes talked about a new advertisement for Orgarhythm, a combination rhythm and real-time strategy game he likened to a cross between Pikmin and Space Channel 5. I’m inclined to throw a Patapon comp...

Steven Hansen

12:10 AM on 04.09.2012

PAX: Charlie Murder is an orgy of loot and violence

Ska Studios, responsible for I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1 and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, has this other game called Charlie Murder. It's been cooking for quite a while. All that extra time in the oven has done wond...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 02.22.2012

Preview: Learn to play guitar with BandFuse: Rock Legends

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I was invited to see a new, previously unannounced music game. Internet hyperbole states that music games, or rather rhythm games involving guitars, are dead, killed by over-satura...

Bob Muir

3:00 PM on 01.31.2012

Preview: Rhythm Heaven Fever induces grooving

We've all had a song -- sometimes one we don't even like -- stuck on repeat as we go through our daily routines. It can be agonizing at times, but there is a reason even the worst song becomes infused in the recesses of our s...

Wesley Ruscher

1:45 PM on 09.24.2011

Fantastic Arcade: Retro/Grade is a blast in the pants

[All this week, I'll be bringing game coverage from indie game festival Fantastic Arcade in Austin, TX. Be sure to check Flixist for my coverage of film festival companion Fantastic Fest.] At first glance, Retro/Grade looks l...

Allistair Pinsof