- Backbeat is now obtainable for buy on Xbox
- Expertise a contemporary mashup of the puzzle and technique genres
- Relive a homage to basic Nineties ensemble dramedies
That is my second title launching on Xbox and it’s actually cool to see how a lot our firm has grown since Hexagroove: Tactical DJ in 2020. The primary time round was an excellent expertise however there was a lot extra I needed make extra accessible and alluring. In Backbeat we designed the interface from the bottom up for 4K and scalable throughout all members of the Xbox system household. The video games we design at Ichigoichie are constructed on mashing up genres and deriving our gameplay mechanics from musical concept. This was at instances a bit of overwhelming in Hexagroove, so I labored arduous to portion out new mechanics in Backbeat via a wider portion of the sport. A lot the truth is you’ll nonetheless be studying new methods greater than three quarters via the principle marketing campaign!
Backbeat is at first look a turn-based sokoban puzzle sport. You’ve gotten a band of as much as 4 characters and should get all of them to the purpose inside a restricted variety of turns. Every character strikes in a different way presenting distinctive challenges. After some ranges we introduce time mechanics to the combination, and also you’ll have to synchronize every character’s timeline with the others, working collectively to unblock obstacles on the trail to the purpose. Lastly, we add 4 shared sources you have to handle whereas navigating area and time. Which turns you select to alter course or work together with the setting trigger these sources to extend or lower. Maximize the sources and also you get a excessive rating. Run out of sources, and also you’re in a failure state. Fortuitously, rewinding the turns of every character individually is feasible to permit incremental enhancements to your puzzle options.
One factor I needed so as to add to Backbeat was a narrative to encourage your selections and set the stakes. The setting is 1995 in suburban Washington, D.C. and has a whole lot of callouts to the final days of the analog period earlier than the arrival of the web. The narrative is a homage to ensemble 90s dramedies like “With Honors”, “The Commitments”, and “Faculty of Rock”. Heroine Watts is doing her finest to carry collectively a band of novice funk musicians and contending with all of the struggles of collaborative creation: inflated egos, clashing character sorts, and exterior obligations to work and household. A various forged of characters exists in every of the 2 primary bands, and I hope yow will discover one which speaks to you.
Should you’re a fan of puzzle video games, turn-based technique, or story-rich retro experiences, then I feel there’s one thing so that you can respect, and lots of extra novel options to find. Begin with the free demo of Backbeat and I hope you’ve some funky enjoyable!
A mashup of puzzle and technique video games. Manipulate 4 threads of time to information your band via sokoban-style puzzles. Handle squad sources over a set of restricted turns. Expertise a homage to Nineties ensemble dramedies. Customise the dynamic soundtrack with audio results.
=== STORY ===
Stephanie “Watts” Watson, an aspiring bassist, bounced from audition to audition by no means discovering music that actually resonated together with her, that’s, till she found the magic of funk. Caught up within the groove, she recruits a bunch of hometown amateurs to tackle artwork faculty darlings La Tormenta on the Battle of the Bands.
=== MECHANICS ===
Every character in your band strikes via the map in several methods, encountering distinctive options and obstacles. Advancing a personality consumes a flip and a part of the timeline, establishing interactions with different characters and enemies at totally different closing dates. Rewinding a flip undoes your transfer, permitting you to seek out improved options and new methods to deal with issues.
Manipulate every character individually, rewinding or fast-forwarding alongside the timeline within the course of to succeed in her present cut-off date. Adjustments in time are mirrored within the progress and actions each previous and current of every character, creating some potentialities and eradicating others.
Every character has his personal resource-limited tremendous transfer which will be triggered beneath sure situations. Tip toe via tight areas together with your bassist, slide via guards together with your keytar participant, break via partitions together with your drummer, or blow enemies out of the best way together with your mighty tremendous sax. Strategic use of your tremendous strikes improve the variety of options to every puzzle and are the important thing in gaining a most rating.
4 resource-based musical metrics govern how and when you possibly can transfer and work together with objects within the ranges. These can utterly block progress if used inefficiently, and create wonderful musical chains and excessive scores when regulated artfully.
=== MUSIC ===
Be part of Watts as she grows on a musical journey rooted in funk and fusion. Soulful grooves and sizzling licks are composed by Pete Fraser, session saxophonist to the The Pogues, Pleasant Fires, and Discipline Music! Twenty musical motifs are recorded by a stay ensemble of seven funk masters, offering the inspiration for the dynamic music within the sport. Distinctive songs are generated relying on what instructions and paths you absorb every puzzle. Customise your efficiency with alternate taking part in types, devices swaps, and realtime audio impact pedals.
=== CONCEPT ===
Backbeat is a homage to the 16 and 32-bit story-driven video games of the Nineties, recreating the challenges and victories of the final days of analog life and the beginning of the web. The suburban Washington D.C. space is mirrored in diner parking heaps, purchasing malls, and dimly lit arcades.
A colourful forged of supporting characters each pal and foe be part of Watts as she struggles with management, success, and holding collectively a band.
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