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By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

All-too-short musical treat for both the eyes and ears.

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The original Amplitude was such a unique experience, it was hard to imagine what the developers could possibly add that could improve it, outside of some new tunes and a fresh coat of paint. Thankfully, it looks like Harmonix felt the same way, as this new version doesn't stray too far from the original. And that is definitely music to gamers' ears.

Harmonix has done a great job in making Amplitude as accessible as possible for gamers of all skill levels. The game features a variety of control schemes, difficulty levels, and gameplay options to keep all players well within their comfort zones. Unlike in the original, most of the music has been developed in-house, with a few exceptions from some indie and fan-favorite groups. On one hand, this can keep some players from immediately connecting to the game, but on the other, it does make for a more uniform theme. Even so, the lack of music range and the smaller number of tracks make Amplitude feel a lot lighter in terms of overall content. There's a four-player couch-play option, but surprisingly Harmonix decided to ditch any sort of online play. All in all, the new Amplitude is a fantastic treat for the eyes and ears, but, as with most treats, once you're finished, you're left with a craving for more.

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