A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Audiosurf is a unique rhythm action arcade game that uses players' own music playlists to create the levels. The game itself contains no objectionable content, but community chat boards -- including the songs shared on them -- are unfiltered and may contain vulgar language. Players are also free to use any music they choose in the game. The game comes with a warning that its graphics may cause photosensitive seizures.In
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What's it about?
AUDIOSURF levels are constructed brand new for the player, using music imported from the player's computer. Players control a ship along a multi-lane track, populated with colored tiles representing beats of music. The goal is to move the ship right or left collecting strings of like-colored tiles while avoiding the gray ones. The experience changes to reflect the style, tempo, and intensity of music playing in the background: during slower moments, the track flattens out. During faster passages, the track slopes downwards and becomes bumpier, gameplay speeds up, and more tiles appear.
Is it any good?
Audiosurf gives players a new way to experience, rather than passively listen to, their music collection by turning tracks into twisting and turning game levels with trippy, colorful graphics tuned to the unique features of the song. The number of potential levels is endless, and with 14 characters to choose from -- each with their own attributes -- players can experiment with different strategies to chase the high score. Audiosurf won't appeal to everyone, but audiophiles with quick reflexes and a competitive streak won't be able to get enough.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss how different music genres (e.g. rock, jazz, orchestral) are interpreted by the game. What kind of music games do you like best.
Compare the experience of playing different levels and try to identify what it is about the songs that produced those differences.
Visually interpret a song by creating an abstract picture or painting about it.
- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Arts: rhythm
- Skills: Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Creativity: imagination, innovation
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- Price: $9.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Dylan Fitterer
- Release date: February 15, 2008
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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