Chime

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Chime on Steam

MSRP: $4.99

Platforms: PC / XBox 360 / PS3

Release: 2/3/10


Chime is an odd creature – it’s both a puzzle game and a music game.  You place Tetris-esque pieces on a game board while a beatline crosses the screen.  The ultimate goal is to have “covered” the entire gameboard with quads.

Quads are 3X3 or larger rectangular shapes that increase your score.   Once you complete a quad, a line starts moving up from bottom to top, filling in the shape.  Until the line hits the top, you can keep adding to the quad and increasing your score.

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But how it is a music game? Well, that beatline that keeps moving from left to right triggers audio when it hits shapes and quads. This isn’t a game you want to play with the sound off. Basically, you’re remixing some fantastic music as you’re playing a puzzle game.

You have to play at least one game in timed mode to unlock the free mode.  Timed modes come in 9, 6, and 3 minute varieties, and require you to achieve 50% coverage or better to move onto the next level. Each different level features a new piece of music and different shapes and colors.

Chime is reasonably priced, offers a really neat concept with a pretty fantastic execution, has endless replayability, and is published by OneBigGame, a non-profit game publisher.  You can’t go wrong here.

 

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