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Sound Shapes

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Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

Shaping the future of the PS Vita

The Pitch: Emphasizing excellent platforming gameplay, stunning level design and an outstanding soundtrack, Sound Shapes is one of the few must-have games for PS Vita owners.

What It Really Is: All the makings of an excellent modern platformer rolled into a tiny portable package. Sound Shapes does what iPhone apps can’t; it combines a stark, beautiful style with an ambient, mood-altering soundtrack, overlays both on ingeniously designed levels and then lets you precisely tackle each obstacle thanks to the Vita’s excellent dual analog stick control-scheme. This is platforming that’s just not possible on a touchscreen alone. Returning to its namesake, Sound Shapes’ gameplay is as important as it’s aural stylings. The simple rule of thumb is “touch red and you’re dead” so you’re safe as long as you avoid all red obstacles and pits but touching just about anything else in the level as you traverse it will add elements of sound to the song that’s building from checkpoint to checkpoint. The end result is a game that’s as easy on the ears as it is on the eyes as it is on the thumbs. Ready-Made Press Blurb: “If we had to pick a shape to represent our feelings for Sound Shapes, it would be a heart.”

Fun Fact: Sound Shapes soundtrack has contributions from Beck and Deadmau5 among several others. Until now, feeling their music on this level would’ve required bath salts.

Who’s It For: Music lovers, Vita owners, platformer fiends and level builders all have reasons to love what Sony’s accomplished with Sound Shapes. In fact, if you can’t find anything to like about the game, chances are the problem is with you and not Sound Shapes.