Sound Shapes Car Mini-Album & Creator Pack Review
Sound Shapes Car Mini-Album & Creator Pack Box Art
System: PS Vita
Dev: Queasy Games
Pub: Sony
Release: March 13, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 544p

However, the Car Mini-Album also includes five new Beat School stages, so you shouldn't feel like you're being cheated out of $1.99. These stages are tied to five new trophies, which means that the trophy hunters among you might want to brush up on your sequencing skills.

Sound Shapes Car Mini-Album & Creator Pack Screenshot

The stages themselves are slightly more difficult than most of the original Beat School maps, but they’re probably not going to offer much of a challenge to anyone who’s had sequencing experience. And they might act as a kind of gateway drug for those who haven’t.

Along with the DLC, Queasy Games is simultaneously releasing what they're calling The Community Milkcrate. The Milkcrate is a collection of 35 new levels that have been designed by the community and are now being officially added to the Sound Shapes canon. The levels have been spread across six appropriately themed records, and they're free of charge.

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I'm not willing to say that Sound Shapes is the best title on the Vita, but it's definitely near the top. Plus, the fact that Sony includes both the PS3 and Vita versions when you purchase a copy should be enough to pry the change from your pocket.

But that's not really the point. Sound Shapes is more than just a platformer; it's a platform. Queasy Games is putting Sound Shapes into the hands of the community and asking them to make it into the game that they're looking for, which means that our favorite amorphous blob should have a fairly long shelf life.

By
Josh Engen
News Director
Date: March 21, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The graphics are perfectly crafted for the Sound Shapes experience, but they’re not going to knock your socks off.
3.0
Control
The controls often feel a little sluggish. But if you complain about them, you’re a terrible person.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The best part about Sound Shapes is the music, though the genres might not be for everyone.
3.0
Play Value
The campaign is disappointingly short, but that’s not really the point of this DLC pack.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Put on your driving gloves, there’s a new vehicle in Sound Shapes, and it changes everything! Speed, flip, loop, and jump your way through the levels and experience Sound Shapes like never before.
  • This pack includes new Campaign levels, a full Sound Pack, brand new editor entities (like loop-de-loops, speed boosts, and more), Beat School lessons, and trophies too.
  • The Milkcrate launches with six albums and 35 total levels and is included free in the patch update.
  • Sounds Shapes now has Offline Play. While connected to the Sound Shapes servers, select any community level, tap a button, and sync it. Now you can play your favorite levels whenever you want!


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