Monday, February 25, 2008

Play This Game

Everyone... this is Audiosurf. Audiosurf this is everyone. If you are a PC Gamer you seriously should buy this game. It's the best 10 dollars I've spent all week. (Although the 10 dollar hamburger I ate yesterday was pretty awesome too!) So what is Audiosurf you might ask? Basically, it is a simple little game that will analyse any audio file you throw at it (It supports CD's, mp3, wma, ogg, flac and integrates with iTunes) and generate a roller coaster-esque track based upon the ebb and flow of that songs tempo. A slower tempo portion of the song creates an uphill curve while faster tempos will create steeper downward inclines. Once the program generates the course you fly down it in a little space ship playing a variety of mini games. The mini games which are determined through the selection of which spaceship you will control can range from simply collecting coloured blocks while avoiding grey ones to more complex games that task you with collecting patterns of coloured blocks a-la games such as "Puzzle Fighter".

To say this game is addictive is an understatement. It has endless replayability limited only by the size of your music collection. It is fun to select songs even just to see what sort of course each song will generate. The action stays fast paced throughout, and the game is fantastic at generating that "Oh sh*t... here we go!" feeling in your stomach as you start to near the top of a long downward slope. The fact that the game is capable of utilizing your entire music library ensure that you will always have something fun to play to as well. Controls are simple, employing only your mouse to navigate your space ship.

Installing this game does require that you download and install the Steam client from Valve software.

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