Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians – Second OpinionAugust 12, 2013
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians enthralls with its distinctive art style and captivating music-based gameplay.
Besides writing, I have two main passions in life – passions so important to me that I feel I could never live without them. Passions so critical to my life’s happiness that going a day without thinking of them or reading about them makes it a duller, grayer day indeed. These two passions are video games and music. It just so happens that Threak, a German indie game developer, has created the 2D adventure Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians. This game combines the thrills of melodies and beats to weave a hands-on journey through its original soundtrack with all of the excitement and curiosity of an adventure game, comparative to Rayman.
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians tells the story of Beatbuddy, who is awakened from his slumber. It is his dreams that fuel Symphonia with its luscious tunes. He traverses across the land to rescue his friends and conquer Prince Maestro, who threatens to take over the music of Symphonia.
The six levels are beautifully designed in hand-drawn 2D illustrations that bump and thrive to the beat of the environmental music. Everything is woven into a musical symphony with mushroom-like bass drums and bouncing bubble vehicles that only move to the beat. The original soundtrack includes scores by award-winning Austin Wintory (Journey), Paroy Stelar, Sabrepulse and La Rochelle.
Every aspect of Beatbuddy includes some form of melody, including interactions with objects and enemy confrontations. Every creature in the game possesses a different musical sound – some of which include hi-hat, snare drum, bass and synth. The more creatures you come in contact with at once, the bigger and bolder the overarching song.
The art style of Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians features 2D hand-drawn illustrations that were created in layers to give the illusion of depth. In certain levels Beatbuddy will swim through rocks or in between plants that appear to only be 2D. Each level has its own individual color scheme to match its theme. If you take the time to listen carefully to the music in each level, it will give away clues which can lead to new paths and help solve puzzles. The music also relies on which path you decide to take, changing with each decision.
I found Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians to be absolutely enthralling and relaxing, soothing me with the beat of each level and enticing me with every new path. Combining my love of music with my love for video games, I found myself completely enamored with the game design and its audio elements. There aren’t too many games out there like it, with its biggest main competitor being Beat Hazard, though that’s a completely different style of gameplay. I honestly think there needs to be more games out there like it.
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians is now available on Steam for $14.99.