|System: PS Vita|
|Dev: Queasy Games|
|Release: March 13, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 544p|
However, the Car Mini-Album also includes five new Beat School stages, so you shouldn't feel like you're being cheated out of $1.99. These stages are tied to five new trophies, which means that the trophy hunters among you might want to brush up on your sequencing skills.
The stages themselves are slightly more difficult than most of the original Beat School maps, but they’re probably not going to offer much of a challenge to anyone who’s had sequencing experience. And they might act as a kind of gateway drug for those who haven’t.
Along with the DLC, Queasy Games is simultaneously releasing what they're calling The Community Milkcrate. The Milkcrate is a collection of 35 new levels that have been designed by the community and are now being officially added to the Sound Shapes canon. The levels have been spread across six appropriately themed records, and they're free of charge.
I'm not willing to say that Sound Shapes is the best title on the Vita, but it's definitely near the top. Plus, the fact that Sony includes both the PS3 and Vita versions when you purchase a copy should be enough to pry the change from your pocket.
But that's not really the point. Sound Shapes is more than just a platformer; it's a platform. Queasy Games is putting Sound Shapes into the hands of the community and asking them to make it into the game that they're looking for, which means that our favorite amorphous blob should have a fairly long shelf life.
Date: March 21, 2013