Inside My Radio

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Fun platformer teaches the importance of rhythm.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to listen to and analyze music to discover its underlying rhythm. Strategic thinking can be learned by discovering ways to overcome obstacles with a combination of proper planning and timing. Rewards for working with the beat of the music include more than simply progression through the game but also an increasing crescendo of the music into a fuller, richer musical score. Inside My Radio gives players more than a soundtrack to listen to; in every step of the game, it reinforces the importance of rhythm in song.

Positive Messages

Good vs. evil, creativity, music are important parts of life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are LEDs trying to keep music going, but limited role-model traits otherwise.

Ease of Play

Basic movement easy to learn, but timing key moves to the beat of music can be tricky.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon smashing of environmental objects, hazards culminates in a boss fight.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Inside My Radio is a downloadable rhythm platform game, which challenges players to run, jump, and dive through obstacles to the beat of the music. An in-game tutorial and an optional metronome-like meter help you get the hang of the basic beats, but quick reflexes, a good ear, and a sharp sense of timing are what it takes to progress to the final boss. There's cartoon violence with breaking environmental objects, but the impact of that violence is limited.

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What's it about?

INSIDE MY RADIO takes players on a neon-infused, psychedelic adventure through the musical world that exists within a radio. When a mysterious force tries to stop the music, it falls to a group of LEDs to bring the music back to the dying world by running, jumping, and crashing through obstacles and hazards … all to the beat of an eclectic soundtrack.

Is it any good?

Inside My Radio takes the tried-and-true platforming formula and mixes things up by adding some extra rhythm to the gameplay. Moving left and right through the game is routine, but any other moves (jumping, dashing, diving) can only be done in time with the soundtrack. Once you find your groove, it's an almost Zen-like, relaxing experience. If you get thrown off your rhythm or simply can't find it, things quickly turn from relaxing to maddeningly frustrating, as mistimed moves add up and keep you from progressing. Thankfully, there's an optional rhythm meter that can help you get back into the swing of things.

Inside My Radio is a treat for the senses. The game's visuals are a bright, neon, electric dreamscape, with subtle effects thumping to the beat. And the game's music, its key gameplay mechanic, ranges from techno to disco to reggae, building to a crescendo as you chain more successful moves together. Unfortunately, Inside My Radio also is a relatively short game, feeling more like a great opening act rather than a main event. Still, it's a lot of fun while it lasts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of music in our lives. Why do we enjoy having music playing while working? How does music help motivate and drive us?

  • What are some creative new ways to approach traditional challenges? Can new twists on old formulas make for a more entertaining experience?

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