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Just Shapes & Beats
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Developer: Berzerk Studio
Content Rating: Everyone10+
Just Shapes & Beats is a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell based on three simple things: avoid Shapes, move to the kick-ass Beats, and die, repeatedly. It’s a new spin on the SHMUP genre, adding a layer of cooperation that’s at the core of the game: because everything is better with friends. Play alone or with up to four players, local or online, through the game’s Story Mode or Challenge Runs.
- OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7
- Processor: Intel Core i3 3.0 GHz 64 bits Processor
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 10-compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
- DirectX: Version 10
- Storage: 700 MB available space
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Just Shapes and Beats is a hidden gem in this year's long list of video game releases. Its appeal transcends fans of specific genres as it borrows inspiration from various iconic game franchises. There is a familiarity that exists in the game as players try to take down the evil pink energy that has infected the world. The game's story and music are masterfully intertwined in a surprising and delightful campaign that challenges players while remaining fun.
Berzerk has managed to make a game that I described as being dragged into a chiptune dungeon by a horde of acid riddled techno fairies, and I honestly can’t think of a better description yet. Just Shapes & Beats allows some simple ideas to blossom into an inventive, engaging challenge that proves a tiny cluster of well-proportioned pixels can contain more personality than the mightiest action hero.
This is about as pure as a game can be. You learn how to play it in a few minutes, but can sit with it for hours. Its stylistic visuals and awesome soundtrack draw you in and keep you hypnotised, while addictive and challenging gameplay teases you with frantic block-dodging mayhem, great multiplayer modes and weird, surprisingly emotive "characters."