Review by b9bomber

"Ever wanted to ride a song?"

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a song? Well, the people at Invisible Handlebar created a game that tries to create that experience. The game plays kind of like a racing game whose speed depends on the song that you're playing and a puzzle game where you have to think fast.

Controlling something that resembles a hovercraft, you speed down a track and collect colored blocks on the way down the track. Below your craft is a grid and as you collect the colored blocks you must match up three or more of the same color along a row or column in order to score points and free up the columns. If one of the columns gets full, you will lose points and will get knocked out for a period of time.

The best thing about the game is that you can use any song in your library to create this track. As the song speeds up, the craft speeds up and as the song gets more intense, the curves in the track get steeper and more frequent. Also, more and more blocks appear as the intensity of the song increases so it gets harder to collect the blocks without overfilling any columns. This means that the difficulty of the track depends mostly on the song you choose with some emphasis on the difficulty level you choose as well. If your music library is small and boring, you have the option of using “Audiosurf Radio” which gives you some tracks that you can ride.

You can also choose the craft you want to race with and each one has a specific power that you can use to help you collect the blocks. These craft vary from “ninja mono” that can dodge certain blocks to “Vegas” which shuffles all the blocks on your grid. There's also a “double vision” craft which lets you play with two people.

As you can see, the main point of the game is to collect as many points as possible. If you do collect lots of points, your stats are recorded immediately online so you can compare your score with other people who played the same song. You can even compare yourself with your friends to gain bragging rights to getting a gold medal on a song like “Run to the Hills” which is no way easy.

Basically, Audiosurf lets you surf the song while delivering a challenging puzzle like game at the same time. This game can quickly become addicting especially if you music library is large and it's even a good buy for the Orange Box soundtrack that comes with it. The only problem is that the game might get old fast if you don't keep upgrading your music collection.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 12/02/08

Game Release: AudioSurf (US, 02/15/08)

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