Just over a decade ago, it seemed like Guitar Hero and its spinoff games would never die. Not only did they offer an innovative way to play instruments to a video game, but they were also credited with helping to save the music industry by including all of the biggest tracks around.
But, following the initial launch in 2005, the axe came down on Guitar Hero and its ilk in 2011, as shown by www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-02-11-why-guitar-hero-died
, and yet there is still a craving for music-based games. It’s not to the industry romping scale of the Guitar Hero games, but some smaller games have collected strong fan bases in recent years, which may hint to a burgeoning music game revolution being on the horizon.
Hiding in the ocean of apps
The Guitar Hero games captured a wide audience, so it makes sense that mobile app developers would use the intuitive mechanics of the games to create a light version to give fans quick and familiar thrills through their mobile phones. Games like Rock Hero, Magic Tiles 3, and Rock Life are all very similar to the once wildly popular music games.
Other developers have created new ways to get players to be more hands-on musically, with My Singing Monsters being the prime mobile app example that’s still rated as the best of the genre by en.softonic.com/solutions/apps/my-singing-monsters
. The free app has players populate an island with little monsters that have their own personalities and produce different sounds. By combining the right monsters, players can create exciting music. Putting players centre stage
Instead of putting musical notes and instruments in the hands of players, a different form of game in the music genre has arisen to deliver the thrills of being a contestant on a televised music competition.
Stage 888, named as such because the ultimate winner gets an 888x prize, puts the player in the game show to hit the right notes for instant wins, get microphone bonuses, and the all-important Stage Bonus, which can lead to the mighty 888x prize in the games.paddypower.com/c/macau game
. It’s a game made for those who enjoy music, want the buzz of being a star, but perhaps lack much singing or instrumental ability. A different way to play along to music
These next games don’t involve playing instruments, singing, dancing, or playing for a big prize in a music contest: instead, they infuse your music to create the game. Forged by procedural generation, these games can analyse a music file and then generate the game’s scape based on the track, per www.howtogeek.com/314658/the-best-rhythm-games-that-use-your-local-music-collection
Right now, some of the best games of this style for PC gamers are Audiosurf 2, in which you ride a ship down a down a track to collect symbols and avoid obstacles created to the tune of the track, and the Space Invaders-like game, Symphony. On console systems like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 dungeon-crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer has players playing to the rhythm of their own MP3s.
They are no longer sitting in the window of game stores, or at the top of video game pages at online stores, but music games are out there and growing in popularity. We may not see an emergence like Guitar Hero ever again, but those looking to experience the thrilling mash-up of music and gaming have plenty of popular options from which to choose.
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