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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Good vs. evil, creativity, music are important parts of life.
Positive Role Models
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.
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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.
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.
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