hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Sound Shapes

Mak's musical-platformer Sound Shapes coming to NGP

11:00 AM on 06.02.2011 // Nick Chester

Jonathan Mak, the designer behind the musical shooter Everyday Shooter, has got something in the works for Sony's upcoming handheld. It's a musical platformer tentatively being called Sound Shapes, and it's one of the NGP's most surprising and hypnotic launch titles.

Gameplay is not entirely unlike Gish, with players controlling a little amoeba-like blob through a musical world that's brought to life as players progress. You can make your little glob hop with the X button, and will stick to and roll across any surface, including ceilings and up walls. Pressing square gives you a quick burst of speed, and also will release your grip.

By moving through the world and collecting little dots scattered about, you'll build upon the music track, adding things like melody and bass line as you progress. You'll have to avoid hazards, including enemies and lasers, some of which pulsate to track's backing beat. You can even customize the musical experience by hopping on sample pads that add euphonic stabs or drum fills to the backing beat.

The pre-loaded levels, with visuals and sounds designed by Mak, are as enchanting as his work on Everyday Shooter. Prominent melodies and thumping beats kept me wanting to move through the levels, simply to see where the music was going next.

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of Sound Shapes is the game's create modes, which allows you to develop music and game levels in tandem and in real time. After selecting from a number of different instruments (bass, guitar, and more), you'll simply tap areas of a blank screen to add notes/pellets to your track/level. The higher you place the notes, the higher the pitch; using the back touch panel, I was able to grab and reposition notes on the fly. By layering various notes across the level (which acts as something of a musical sequencer), I was able to quickly create both gameplay and music simultaneously.



The next element is putting down the play space, again using a combination of the front and back touch screens. The tools were simple to use, but robust, and experimenting with different available options quickly changed how the level both looked and sounded. By stringing together various "rooms," it'll be possible to create stages that can run anywhere from two to seven minutes long, I'm told.

Sound Shapes will also support song/level sharing by letting you tag and upload levels to the cloud. Levels created will be tagged with unique meta-data identifying the creator, and can even be "remixed" by other users and re-shared on the network.

Mak's Everyday Shooter turned heads because of its distinct aesthetic and intriguing use of sound not seen in the shooting genre. Depending seems like it will be different things to different people. If you're an artist by nature, it's a musical and level creation tool that also happens to be a game. If you're a gamer foremost, it's a unique platformer game that just happens to have creation tools.

Whatever the case, Sound Shapes is already standing out as one of the most notable games in the NGP library. Considering it's up against the likes of world-class IP like Uncharted, that's saying a whole hell of a lot. 

Photo Gallery: (4 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Nick Chester, Former Editor-in-Chief (2011)
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Editor-in-Chief @ Destructoid.com nick at destructoid.com  more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Humble Bundle End of Summer Sale! Get a free Stealth Inc. 2 maybe? I dunno. Just signal boosting for no particular reason. Maybe 'cause I got a free game? Least I could do. https://www.humblebundle.com/store
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
I gotta to admit: it feels nice to be able to play a Pokemon game without thinking to myself "oh shit, I got to fill up my Pokedex". It's nice. Oh yeah, and for the record, I'm playing through Soul Silver.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
I enter the Gamestop. I set a Toad plushie atop a Yoshi plushie. I set Mario to go down on Kirby. I leave the Gamestop.
gajknight avatargajknight
Niero, just killed a man, Put my dick inside his head, cummed my load and now he's dead. Niero, we had just begun, But now I've gone and thrown it all awayyyyyy. Nierooooooo, ooooooooh.
guitarvillain avatarguitarvillain
That thought sends shivers down my spine.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Lacking recording/social features aside (I actually do love that aspect of the PS4), I've been really enjoying my Xbone. Sunset Overdrive is like Saints Row meets Tony Hawk and lovingly self-aware.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Wait, wasn't that Pokemon Detective Pikachu game supposed to come out this year?
sakesushi avatarsakesushi
Humble Bundle End of Summer Sale! They're doing it wrong though, putting up [url="https://www.humblebundle.com/store"]Stealth Inc. 2 for free[/url]
Snaveage avatarSnaveage
Just cleared out a whole village fultoning every single guard. I AM BIG BOSS.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Metal Gear Solid - Marriage - Revengeance [youtube]https://youtu.be/YN470wKT9PM[/youtube]
wutangclam avatarwutangclam
Divinity: Original Sin 2 stretch goal lets you be a spooky skeleton. This is what I have dreamed of.
wutangclam avatarwutangclam
Going on the record saying a Borderlands movie is a terrible idea.
Tubatic avatarTubatic
Watching Free To Play. I kinda want to try DOTA2, though I'll be very bad at it. Its a very good story of pro-gamer culture, so far. Good Stuff.
RexterNathan avatarRexterNathan
Hello there, I just wanted to say that I'm new here and glad to be part of the community.
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
Just tried to explain the word BEAT to an ESL student. Reference.com has 58 variations of the definition. At the least, they can finally understand that Michael Jackson was not asking people to fight each other.
Mediamister avatarMediamister
Steven Hansen avatarSteven Hansen
DTOID PAX MEET UP DAY 1 WAS FIRE.EMOJI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shinta avatarShinta
[youtube]https://youtu.be/JOXdORyTqVY[/youtube] I told you guys ... The Witcher 3 has more pirouettes than a ballet show. It's ridiculous!
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Are we really calling followers "fappers" on these quick posts? I knew I loved Dtoid.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
[youtube]https://youtu.be/z04MAOubUgM[/youtube] This might've been a fun show.
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
Sound Shapes


  Jun 11

Massive sale on PSN keeps good times rolling for Sony

More hot deals than can shake a PS Move controller at


  May 14

Dubstep comes to Sound Shapes

And some '80s sounds for good measure


  Dec 19

Sound Shapes is getting a free holiday sound pack today

Includes five new Christmas-themed instruments


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -