Sound Shapes Review
PS3 | PS Vita
Sound Shapes Box Art
System: PS3, PS Vita
Dev: Queasy Games
Pub: Sony
Release: August 7, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Sound Shapes is available on both PS3 and PS Vita, and buying one version gets you the other free of charge. This is especially cool because you can send data back and forth via cloud saves, a feature that is incredibly easy to use. Did you finish the entire campaign on PS3, and now want to create some tunes on your Vita with the goodies you've unlocked without having to replay the entire game? The cloud feature makes that possible. And easy.

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The only real difference between the two versions is the controls, and from my personal experience, the Vita has a slight advantage in the creation/sequencing department. Using the touchscreen and rear touchpad (which is actually really well-implemented here; imagine that) makes song/level creation far less tedious.

However, points go to the PS3 version during the straight-up platforming segments, at least in my opinion. After playing a couple hours on my Vita, I noticed a cramp in my hands that I didn't have after playing the game with the DualShock, even though I spent considerably more time with the PS3 version than the Vita version.

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By
Josh Wirtanen
Editor / News Director
Date: August 8, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Beautiful yet simplistic aesthetic that's always fun to look at.
4.5
Control
Very simple control scheme. The creative options with the Vita are incredibly well-implemented.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
With Deadmau5 and Beck leading the pack, this is an audio treat to not be missed.
4.8
Play Value
Once you're done with the campaign, the fun has just begun. Now it's time to spend dozens of hours crafting your own songs and levels.
4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Campaign Mode delivers an engaging and fun platforming experience that guides players through five unique "records" with a variety of challenges.
  • Editor Mode features a deep level of customization that allows players to create unique levels with original music compositions. This editor mode utilizes the PS Vita system's front touchscreen and back touchpad to provide an easy-to-use interface for creating music and gameplay-infused experiences.
  • During campaign gameplay, players run, jump, and stick while manipulating platforms, lasers, and other objects that trigger beats and musical cues to develop the game's soundtrack.
  • Once the levels have been completed in the campaign, all of the music and artwork are available for players to create their own custom tracks/levels that can be shared with the community. Created levels can be uploaded and shared to the PSN for others to experience and rank.
  • The game also supports cross-save between the PS Vita and PS3 systems, allowing players to play and resume on either platform.

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