July 7, 2022


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A Musical Story review: Unique cartoon rhythm game is short but sweet on PS5

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This budget game tries to offer a unique insight into musicianship while constantly teasing you to play on by dangling an unfolding story ahead.

A Musical Story involves you playing melodies successfully to unlock new memories as you slowly strip back the onion to tell the story of a 70s band on the road.

The gameplay looks unique at first but is actually well-trodden ground.

It recalls the likes of hit naughties game Guitar Hero, as you’re tasked with pressing down certain button combinations in rhythm to the excellent soundtrack.

Once you complete a full wheel of actions it unlocks the next part in your group’s road-movie style journey.

The cursor scrolls round the circle and its up to you to press the right buttons on the coloured parts

There’s no text or dialogue.

The entire story is told through the game’s original music, influenced by bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Air, and distinct 8-bit like animated art style.

It works well and the developers do a decent job in setting up a love story that eventually turns to tragedy.

But it is a one-trick pony, and gamers will soon grow bored of the call-and-repeat gameplay that effectively boils down to pressing the same two buttons over and over.

While it looks cool, and the music is outstanding, there’s not enough here to keep players chugging along for too long.

The music is incredible and really drives the narrative forward
The music is incredible and really drives the narrative forward

If you’re looking for a game you can bash away to in an afternoon and then never return to, this might be your next purchase.

For music lovers who can’t play instruments, keen on perhaps learning how songs pull together, this will appeal.

But for gamers looking at an indie purchase with longevity and diversity of gameplay, it’s best to avoid.