- Play with any music from your own collection--the game supports MP3s, iTunes M4As, WMAs, CDs and OGGs
- Online scoreboards for each song you play
- Choose your strategy from 14 available characters.
- Platform: Windows XP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Audiosurf is a music-adapting puzzle racer where you use your own music to create your own experience. The shape, the speed, and the mood of each ride is determined by the song you choose. You earn points for clustering together blocks of the same color on the highway, and compete with others on the internet for the high score on your favorite songs.
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I'll begin by describing how the game works. Basically, you need music on your computer for the game to use. It takes the song, and generates a sort of track to go along with the beat of the song. If you are familiar with the Guitar Hero / Rockband games, it is somewhat similar to them. However, you control a small sort of rocket ship, and you have to hit all of the notes the game generates for your chosen song.
The game runs pretty well, and doesn't seem to be too resource demanding. I never experienced any problems with lag, but having said that I do have a pretty high-end PC.
As stated in the title, I found this game to get old, fast. After around three or four songs (I am into rock, so they were quite fast and upbeat songs), I was getting bored. I bought this 2 years ago and on Steam my total play time is 51 minutes, which I believe was in only one session; the first time I played it.
I love the Guitar Hero games (I like rock music and play guitar, so that may be why), however I just did not find this game much fun at all. I wouldn't pay more than £5 for it, which is good because I only paid around £3, though right now it is £6 on Steam. I wouldn't really recommend this game, unless you have seen some gameplay on YouTube or at a friend's, and you really think you will love it.
The gameplay's simple but as with all good games, it has the one-more-go addiction. There's plenty of twists to the gameplay if you want them too.
The only downside is that it comes with Steam which seems to me like an online version checker and store for more games. This means you need to validate your copy online and I guess that means it may have some spyware or such. It's yet to cause me any problems yet but then I've never delved into it.
So in short, an excellent game to waste literally tons of hours on!!!
Tracks are created from your music collection and produce a WipeOut style course to pilot your anti-grav craft through. Fast intense, beat heavy songs produce adrenaline pumping downhill thrill rides. Slower more reflective songs create gently rolling uphill tracks. Mix the two and you can have something wild and wonderful. The variety is limited only by your music collection and although there are varying difficulty levels the only real limit to the difficulty is in your choice of music. So the game is open to young and old, experienced and amateur gamer alike. (With no guns or violence included at all, i should add!)
The challenge in AudioSurf is very old school. You cannot lose; the victory is in chasing the high score and perfect race. As you travel along the track you have to collect the coloured blocks. The faster you go and the more you collect the higher your score. It gets fast, furious and frustratingly annoying but like all the very best high score chasing games there is only ever yourself to blame and AudioSurf rides the line between addiction and frustration brilliantly. You will find yourself saying 'Just one more go' long into the night! It's a very moorish pick up and play thing is AudioSurf.
On some modes there are varying colours, the rarer, warmer colours like red and yellow give you higher scores but you have to navigate through the cooler more prolific blocks of blues, greens and purples. There's a two player option, too, for team work and big scores. Another mode has you dodging a plethora of grey blocks and collecting the coloured ones. Add some power-ups and special moves and you have a simple yet utterly compelling game.
The only downside to AudioSurf is the lack of a play list option. You can only race one song at a time. Adding a play list option would allow you to create a tournament, Formula One style, that could be shared endlessly with friends. And I would also like to have seen some more loop-the-loops and migraine inducing spins, but, really, this is nit-picking.
AudioSurf is addictive, frustrating, exhilarating and fun and at £10.00 it's incredible value for a game that conceivably has no limit to its playability.
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