Symphony is good, but its gameplay isn't unique -– save, maybe, for working with your existing music collection. You'll see your ship at the bottom of the screen and must fire projectiles at various enemy ships. You can move your ship around on the battlefield, which is necessary to avoid enemy fire and collect the power-ups and other items left behind by fallen ships. While it's more apparent in some songs over others, the enemy ship movement is tied to the melodies and beats of each song, rather than simply playing your music in the background. While it's a single-player game, Symphony offers a per-song leaderboard so you can compare your scores with others, plus there are 30 achievements and medals to unlock. Over time, you'll unlock new weapons, power-ups, achievements, and other items; repair and customize your ship; and defeat tougher bosses.
The fast-paced and family-friendly game is accessible and fun -- but repetition sets in after a few songs. Sure, upgrading your ship and earning medals serve as dangling carrots, but don't expect to stay engaged for long periods of time. Instead, Symphony offers a quick arcade shooter fix, set to your own music. The $10 game can be downloaded at EA's Origin network, GOG.com (Good Old Games), Playism, and GameSpot's ImpulseDriven.