Sound Shapes: Players Become Composers
A unique new game by Toronto-based developers Queasy Games combines gaming design with contemporary music. Created for Japanese gaming giant Sony PlayStation’s new hand-held PS Vita device and Playstation 3 console, Sound Shapes encourages players to create their own musical experience in their own gaming levels.
Players jump an avatar across levels, which are each represented by a hit track by the likes of Canadian electro-house producer DJ DeadMau5 and alternative American rock musician Beck among others. To add to the musical experience, different movements from the avatar through the levels create gaming notes and sounds.
The real draw, however, is the game’s robust level creation system, which allows players to create their own levels and music, which they can then share with other players in the online Sound Shapes community.
Sound Shapes is a great example of how allowing consumers to alter and experiment with content can create rich, creative experiences.