AVICII Invector

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun interactive celebration of late DJ.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

The game is based on AVICII, but it 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 flipside, he took his life at age 28, which isn't positive for young and impressionable minds.

Ease of Play

While the 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, you'll learn to maneuver your ship and press the correct buttons at the right time. There's no tutorial, and some advanced levels are more difficult than the setting they're on (Easy feels more like Medium or Hard).

Violence
Sex
Language

There's nothing questionable in the dialog portions of the single-player game, where a young female pilot is telling her story in this fantasy space setting. She says "shut up!" several times and in one instance, there's a bleeped out section, where she says "What **** **** **** cut the budget when they built this thing?!"

Consumerism

The game's directly based on AVICII's music library and you can buy additional songs (in the 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."

What 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.

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What's it about?

AVICII INVECTOR is a music/rhythm game featuring 25 tracks to play through, or 35 tracks in the "Encore Edition." This includes some of the most popular hits from AVICII (real name Tim Bergling), like "Wake Me Up," "Without You," "The Nights" and "Lay Me Down, as well as lesser-known upbeat dance tracks with AVICII's trademarked vocals. The single-player mode's story stars a young female pilot, who whisks around space to various worlds. Short cutscenes tie the gameplay elements together, which involves flying the ship along a path and pressing the correct button at the right time, tilting the pathway left or right, and more freeform moments of flying through targets. Players also have to avoid obstacles, such as mountains. You'll play through several songs, earn points and a final letter grade, such as an "A," "B" or "C," based on how many mistakes you make, and unlock new worlds, with different environments and songs. AVICII Invector also includes a multiplayer mode, where up to four friends can play via split screen and compete for high scores, plus there's a global leaderboard, too. With AVICII's direct input, the game allegedly started as far back as 2015 -- three years before his untimely death. A percentage of the game's sales support the Tim Bergling Foundation, which go to mental health awareness.

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 cut-scene 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).

The multiplayer is local play only, which supports up to four players, where you'll select a song and difficulty 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 out-do 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about mental health. Would it possibly be a good idea to discuss mental health issues with kids that play AVIICI Invector, especially because a percentage of the proceeds go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which supports those with mental health problems? Could this be a way to bring up uncomfortable conversations about mental health and suicide, since the artist succumbed to his own mental health issues?

  • Are music/rhythm games like AVICII Invector unpopular, or do they still have merit? Is this a clever way to celebrate the beloved DJ's vast catalog of electronic music, or is it exploiting it?

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