A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This music/rhythm game celebrates the works of the late Swedish DJ, producer, and musician AVICII (real name: Tim Bergling). The game fuses timed button presses with controlling a spaceship in a fantasy setting and story.
Positive Role Models
Game is based on AVICII but doesn't star him. You're in control of a spaceship, but there's also a story you're unraveling about a young female pilot and her adventures. But in real life, AVICII was an influential artist with millions of fans he made happy with a huge catalog of music. On the flip side, he took his life at age 28, which isn't positive for young and impressionable minds.
Ease of Play
While controls are somewhat straightforward, there's not a lot of direction for young or novice players. You're thrown into the gameplay and through trial and error learn to maneuver your ship and press the correct buttons at the right time. No tutorial. Some advanced levels are more difficult than the setting they're on (Easy feels more like Medium or Hard).
Nothing questionable in dialogue portions of single-player game, where young female pilot is telling her story in fantasy space setting. She says "shut up!" several times. In one instance, there's a bleeped-out section where she says "What **** **** **** cut the budget when they built this thing?!"
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Products & Purchases
Game is directly based on AVICII's music library; you can buy additional songs (in form of track packs) as DLC (downloadable content). There's also an AVICII Invector Encore Edition for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, which features 10 additional tracks, including music from AVICII's posthumous album, Tim.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In the Encore Edition, there's one added song, "S.O.S.," with a drug reference in the lyrics: "Two times clean again, I'm actin' low. Pound of weed and a bag of blow."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that AVICII Invector is a rhythm-based game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The gameplay is based on the late Swedish DJ, musician, and producer and his music. You'll fly a spaceship across several environments and press the correct button at the right time, along the row of your path, in order to successfully complete the game. There are parts of each song where you fly your ship around obstacles and through checkpoints. There isn't much to be concerned about in the game other than the female protagonist in the story saying "shut up!" and a bleeped-out line of dialogue. One of the extra songs ("S.O.S.") in the Encore Edition has a drug reference.
Is It Any Good?
While there isn't a ton of depth here -- it's a pretty straightforward rhythm game based on AVICII's music -- this is an enjoyable ride through the late DJ's catalog, which will please fans. Like other rhythm games, your goal in AVICII Invector is to rack up as many points as possible (and achieve a high letter grade) by successfully pressing the correct buttons at the right time. This is pretty standard fare for most rhythm games, but you must also change lanes on the virtual road to fly on top of the icons, rotate the board left or right when instructed to do so, and fly through various aerial markers. The story element with short cutscene sequences, which isn't very prominent (or important), helps give purpose to the game. You'll start with the Valley group of songs, and then you'll unlock additional packs of tracks (as well as song packs purchased separately or bundled with the Encore Edition).
Multiplayer is local play only and supports up to four players: You'll select a song and difficulty level before waiting for your friends to join. Aside from new environments and tracks, the gameplay doesn't evolve much, so it can be a bit repetitive, but you can try to outdo your previous score (or compete against others on the global leaderboard). The difficulty level could also be tweaked, like not giving much direction for new or young players, or Medium levels that feel like they're on Hard difficulty on more advanced levels. That said, the Tron-like neon environments and responsive controls -- and of course, catchy electronic music -- all help you stay engaged whenever you're playing AVICII Invector.
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