|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Cyclone Zero||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: ArcSystemWorks / Aksys||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 11, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
You can also add your own music with Beat-O-Matic, a feature that's amazing but a bit too time-consuming. To use it, you have push the Guide button, play music from either your hard drive or a USB device, and wait through the whole song while the game analyzes it (you can push a button in time with the song to help the process along). You can use your songs at any time during the game, but to do so, you have to hit the Guide button in the middle of a match and pick a track manually. The game's analyzer worked on our songs for the most part, but we found the beat didn't sync quite as well as it did with the built-in songs. The freedom the feature allows you is remarkable, but one wonders if it's really worth the time. If you do use it, try to pick songs with strong beats and steady tempos.
In addition, there are many different ways to play. You can increase the difficulty, which also increases the number of different colors you have to deal with, and work your way through more than 100 stages. You can choose between three different game modes: standard matches with AI competitors (one-on-one, two-on-two, and three-on-one), Task Mode (in which you have to accomplish various feats), and the self-explanatory Time Attack Mode. There's even local and online multiplayer, allowing you to duke it out with friends and family this holiday season. We didn't have much luck finding other gamers online, but our local matches ran smoothly.
0-D Beat Drop isn't a revolutionary game, but it is a clever and fun one. The learning curve is steep for the first hour or so as you figure out the rules, but from there it's a matter of getting just a little better with each playthrough. With addictive gameplay and lots of different ways to play, 0-D Beat Drop makes itself a worthwhile buy for puzzle fans with a sense of rhythm.
CCC Freelance Writer