Excerpt: Mash together Space Invaders, Geometry Wars and Guitar Hero; what you get is Symphony by Empty Clip Studios. The premise is simple; alien invaders are attacking your music and it is up to you to save it by controlling a spaceship and destroying anything that stands in your way. The game allows players to add in their own music libraries, by doing so it also enables greater weapon unlocks for the spaceship once a song is completed.
Summary: The concept may sound like Beat Hazard , and the game may look like Geometry Wars , but Symphony is a sufficiently unique experience to warrant a solid look. It makes fantastic use of your music collection by expertly linking its own heartbeat—spawn syncing and eye-popping visual insanity—to the individual songs, tying it all together with a paper-thin storyline that nevertheless provides an actual game-like structure to something that could easily have been labeled a...
Excerpt: For the most part, Symphony is an addictive shooter that’s simple enough to pick up, and sports a decent amount of content and unlocks to keep you busy. While it could’ve done more to separate itself from the Geometry Wars look, it doesn’t make it any less of a fun game to play.
Conclusion: Final Verdict: Fun gameplay, delightful visuals, and an interesting metagame make Symphony a solid take on the procedural music genre. Playing with your own music is always going to be cool regardless, but UI issues and odd restrictions somewhat hamper the experience.
Excerpt: There’s something satisfying about using your own music in a game. Whether it’s just importing the music to listen to in the background, creating custom dance steps to songs in the many Dance Dance Revolution clones out there or even creating in game avatars of your CDs as in Monster Rancher , it’s a good feeling to know you are influencing the gameplay and making your experience truly unique.
Summary: Parents need to know that Symphony is an arcade space shooter set to your own music. You spend your time shooting at alien ships, but no aliens are shown being shot, just ships. Players see flashes of light representing the shooting. The deep voice and enemy eyes seen at the start of the game might bother some kids.
Excerpt: I love music, I love retro arcade style games, and in effect, I love Symphony ! Having played and thoroughly enjoyed a fair few Playism games now, I jumped at the chance to play this beautiful little game. Music games don’t often grab my attention, but this is no ordinary music game! Your music collection is under attack from a strange demon hell-bent on corrupting your music collection – literally!