Created By: Aminatep on July 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Aminatep on October 8, 2011
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Music Player Game

A game with levels procedurally generated from music tracks

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An indie game type rising in popularity lately. Very similar to Rhythm Games in that every level is a music track, it is nonetheless different. A Rhythm Game is a specific genre, with tracks already charted beforehand. A Music Player Game can be of any genre, but the levels are generated on the fly from the music you feed it, typically the more intensive and loud the music, the more action you are going to see.

A very common thing in these games is an online scoreboard, with every song having its own - the most popular tracks, obviously, offering the strongest competition.

Examples:

  • Audiosurf, the game that started the lately craze as well as made online scoreboards for each song - a Match Three game with some karting elements thrown in. Being sold on Steam also helped.
  • Beat Hazard: a Bullet Hell / seizure simulator where the aggressiveness of enemies and the strength of your weapon depend on the song.
  • 1...2...3...Kick It! (Drop That Beat Like An Ugly Baby) is AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity but with level generation.
  • Dance Factory is a Dance Dance Revolution clone with automatic charting.
  • Space Invaders Infinity Gene has a game mode where it reads off any music you have stored in your system and generates a stage out of it.
  • Rhythm Zone
  • Turba
  • The Polynomial: Space of the Music
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • July 11, 2011
    NetMonster
    Jacob and the gyrocopter is a shooter where the enemies are generated according to the music you feed it (player can upload an mp3 or choose from the default songs).
  • July 11, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Audiosurf, the game that started it all, released Feb 15th 2008.

    Vib Ribbon, another game of the same type... released December 12th, 1999.
  • July 11, 2011
    Aminatep
    Did you read the Ur Example page? It doesn't say "first example, ever". Audiosurf did start the craze.
  • July 11, 2011
    TBTabby
    Sound Shapes (working title) for the upcoming PS Vita is a platformer which creates levels based on music composed by the player.
  • July 11, 2011
    revolverzanbolt
    "Did you read the Ur Example page? It doesn't say "first example, ever". Audiosurf did start the craze."

    @Aminatep, this is the laconic for Ur Example...

    "The first known usage ever."

  • July 11, 2011
    DaibhidC
    And the main entry says "The oldest known example of a given trope". The one that "did start the craze" would be the Trope Codifier.
  • July 11, 2011
    Aminatep
    The first known usage, not the first obscure usage.
  • July 11, 2011
    NetMonster
    Problem is, you can't exactly measure how "well-known" an example is. That's why There Is No Such Thing As Notability.
  • July 11, 2011
    revolverzanbolt
    Ur Example isn't about popularity, known in that context just means "there are records of it". Heaps of the examples are obscure.
  • July 11, 2011
    CAD
    Also on Steam:

    • Rhythm Zone
    • Turba
    • The Polynomial: Space of the Music
  • July 12, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    "The first known usage, not the first obscure usage. "

    You appear to think that "known" in this context means "known by YOU", and simply because you personally have never heard of something that renders it obscure and hence irrelevant.. Vib Ribbon is known - just not by you, it seems. From the Other Wiki page about Vib Ribbon:

    "released in Japan in 1999. The game was released in Europe the following year and was additionally re-released in Japan under the Play Station the Best and PS One Books greatest hits lines in 2000 and 2001 respectively."

    See those words "greatest hits"? Not usually applied to things that are obscure.

    At this point, the sensible thing to do would be to admit you've made a mistake, and simply correct it.
  • July 12, 2011
    RocketDude
    The Audiosurf example should be changed to Trope Codifier, though, since it kicked off the craze of rhythm games with prodcedurally-generated music-based gameplay.
  • July 12, 2011
    NESBoy
    Space Invaders Infinity Gene has a game mode where it reads off any music you have stored in your system and generates a stage out of it.
  • July 14, 2011
    Aminatep
    I stand corrected.
  • July 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    Would the Monster Rancher series count? Since you generated mons from the data in C Ds you owned (similar to Vib Ribbon).
  • July 27, 2011
    Aminatep
    so everyone s okay with the title or what?
  • August 6, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Title's OK, I'd say. Add a mention of Vib Ribbon as the Ur Example and you're good to launch, I'd think.
  • October 8, 2011
    InsanityPrelude
    The title seems kind of awkward, but Just Launch It Already.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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