- Backbeat is now out there for buy on Xbox
- Expertise a recent mashup of the puzzle and technique genres
- Relive a homage to basic Nineteen Nineties ensemble dramedies
That is my second title launching on Xbox and it’s actually cool to see how a lot our firm has grown since Hexagroove: Tactical DJ in 2020. The primary time round was an incredible expertise however there was a lot extra I wished make extra accessible and alluring. In Backbeat we designed the interface from the bottom up for 4K and scalable throughout all members of the Xbox system household. The video games we design at Ichigoichie are constructed on mashing up genres and deriving our gameplay mechanics from musical principle. This was at occasions somewhat overwhelming in Hexagroove, so I labored laborious to portion out new mechanics in Backbeat via a much wider portion of the sport. A lot the truth is you’ll nonetheless be studying new methods greater than three quarters via the primary marketing campaign!
Backbeat is at first look a turn-based sokoban puzzle recreation. You might have a band of as much as 4 characters and should get all of them to the objective inside a restricted variety of turns. Every character strikes otherwise presenting distinctive challenges. After some ranges we introduce time mechanics to the combo, and also you’ll have to synchronize every character’s timeline with the others, working collectively to unblock obstacles on the trail to the objective. Lastly, we add 4 shared assets you have to handle whereas navigating area and time. Which turns you select to vary course or work together with the atmosphere trigger these assets to extend or lower. Maximize the assets and also you get a excessive rating. Run out of assets, and also you’re in a failure state. Luckily, rewinding the turns of every character individually is feasible to permit incremental enhancements to your puzzle options.
One factor I wished so as to add to Backbeat was a narrative to inspire your selections and set the stakes. The setting is 1995 in suburban Washington, D.C. and has plenty of callouts to the final days of the analog period earlier than the arrival of the web. The narrative is a homage to ensemble 90s dramedies like “With Honors”, “The Commitments”, and “College of Rock”. Heroine Watts is doing her greatest to carry collectively a band of novice funk musicians and contending with all of the struggles of collaborative creation: inflated egos, clashing character varieties, and exterior duties to work and household. A various solid of characters exists in every of the 2 most important bands, and I hope yow will discover one which speaks to you.
If you happen to’re a fan of puzzle video games, turn-based technique, or story-rich retro experiences, then I believe there’s one thing so that you can admire, and lots of extra novel options to find. Begin with the free demo of Backbeat and I hope you may have some funky enjoyable!
=== STORY ===
Stephanie “Watts” Watson, an aspiring bassist, bounced from audition to audition by no means discovering music that basically resonated along with her, that’s, till she found the magic of funk. Caught up within the groove, she recruits a gaggle of hometown amateurs to tackle artwork college darlings La Tormenta on the Battle of the Bands.
=== MECHANICS ===
Every character in your band strikes via the map in several methods, encountering distinctive options and obstacles. Advancing a personality consumes a flip and a part of the timeline, establishing interactions with different characters and enemies at completely different cut-off dates. Rewinding a flip undoes your transfer, permitting you to seek out improved options and new methods to sort out issues.
Manipulate every character individually, rewinding or fast-forwarding alongside the timeline within the course of to succeed in her present cut-off date. Adjustments in time are mirrored within the progress and actions each previous and current of every character, creating some potentialities and eradicating others.
Every character has his personal resource-limited tremendous transfer which may be triggered beneath sure circumstances. Tip toe via tight areas along with your bassist, slide via guards along with your keytar participant, break via partitions along with your drummer, or blow enemies out of the way in which along with your mighty tremendous sax. Strategic use of your tremendous strikes improve the variety of options to every puzzle and are the important thing in gaining a most rating.
4 resource-based musical metrics govern how and when you’ll be able to transfer and work together with objects within the ranges. These can fully block progress if used inefficiently, and create wonderful musical chains and excessive scores when regulated artfully.
=== MUSIC ===
Be a part of Watts as she grows on a musical journey rooted in funk and fusion. Soulful grooves and scorching licks are composed by Pete Fraser, session saxophonist to the The Pogues, Pleasant Fires, and Discipline Music! Twenty musical motifs are recorded by a dwell ensemble of seven funk masters, offering the inspiration for the dynamic music within the recreation. Distinctive songs are generated relying on what instructions and paths you soak up every puzzle. Customise your efficiency with alternate enjoying kinds, devices swaps, and realtime audio impact pedals.
=== CONCEPT ===
Backbeat is a homage to the 16 and 32-bit story-driven video games of the Nineteen Nineties, recreating the challenges and victories of the final days of analog life and the delivery of the web. The suburban Washington D.C. space is mirrored in diner parking heaps, purchasing malls, and dimly lit arcades.
A colourful solid of supporting characters each pal and foe be part of Watts as she struggles with management, success, and holding collectively a band.
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