Sound Shapes received DLC and free updates today that bring new levels, vehicles, offline play and more to Queasy Games' rhythmic platformer.
The $1.99 Car Pack includes two new vehicles that allow you to speed, loop, jump and flip through the 2D platformer's world. It will also contain new levels, a full Sound Pack, editor entries like loop-de-loops, speed boost, as well as Beat School lessons and trophies.
Sound Shapes' free Community Milkcrate update, which arrives through a free patch today, is made up of submissions from the Sound Shapes community. It includes six albums and 35 levels hand-picked by the developers at Queasy Games and arranged into themes. Each theme includes a new interface, liner notes and bonus features like director's commentaries. Today's update also brings...
A Dec. 31 update to PlayStation Plus brought NBA Jam: On Fire Edition and Chronovolt free to Plus subscribers amid the final week of the Holiday Essentials sale, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.
Released in Oct. 2011, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition's arcade basketball action is regularly $19.99 for PlayStation 3 owners. Chronovolt, a steampunk-influenced puzzle platformer from Playerthree, released in December and offers gameplay reminiscent of Marble Madness for the PlayStation Vita. PlayStation Plus subscribers can download both for free.
The free games appear in addition to the remaining PlayStation Network Holiday Essentials deals that include discounts on the following games:
AR Play for $6.25, or $4.38 for Plus members, normally $8.94
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Just in time for the holidays, Sound Shapes developer Queasy Games is augmenting the musical platformer's sound bank today with the free Holiday Sound Pack, which contains five new instruments.
The five sounds all come from classic Christmas carols, so players will be able to build levels that play holiday music. Sound Shapes is a community-driven experience, and the team at Queasy Games will check out created levels uploaded with #XMAS in the title.
Sound Shapes launched in August on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It is available for $14.99 through PlayStation Network on either platform with Cross Buy support.
Musical platformer Sound Shapes gets three new sound packs today, expanding the game's rich composing tools with acoustic sounds, drum kits and chippy 8-bit bleeps and bloops.
In addition to those sound packs, each of which carry a $0.99 price tag and include five new instruments, five new Beat School levels and five new Trophies, the Sound Shapes team released a new Curved Terrain Pack for free today. The new terrain pack offers smooth and curved platforms for creating custom levels and is "key for some future DLC," according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.
Sound Shapes' creators tease additional downloadable content including a "holiday present" from developer Queasy Games and a new vehicle pack hitting in 2013.
Here are the details on what's new for Sound Shapes on PlayStation...
The developers behind Sound Shapes — the PlayStation-exclusive side-scrolling platformer that merges music with platforming — reveal how they turned music by Beck into game levels in a new interview with The Creator's Project.
In the interview, Jonathan Mak, the founder of Queasy Games, and musician Shaw-Han Liem, share their experience deconstructing Beck's music and creating game elements around it. Liem says that a big part of the design consideration is introducing ideas that are digestible and convincing people they want to compose music, as this gives them the impetus to continue playing through a level.
"They didn't necessarily buy the video game because they wanted to compose music, but part of what we tried to do is create those connections and introduce those ideas in...