Music and games have a interesting chemistry with each other. Obviously I’m not talking about game soundtracks; games having these is a bit of a given, really. I’m not necessarily even talking about games focused on playing music, you know, like Rock Band. I’m referring to those games where your aim is to meet a goal while creating or developing something musical. An example of what I’m on about is Ode, a new experimental release from Ubisoft for PC.
Ode will take the player on an enchanting and musical journey through beautiful landscapes. You will take on the role of Joy and be invited to explore four musical gardens, collecting fallen stars as you go. The more of these stars that you collect the more intense and vibrant the sounds and visuals you experience will become. These gardens are filled with musical plants which will emit specific notes and help you provide a musical background to each level.
Created with the simple goal of bringing a joyful experience to players, Ode comes with no guide, tutorial or hints. This allows players to explore the sensory worlds at their own pace. You will be able to allow your curiosity to determine the direction you decide to go. To expand on this, soft challenges built into the game will unlock layers that will allow you to create a unique composition based on your own play style.
Available now on Uplay world wide at a price of $4.99 (4.99 Euro), Ode is exclusive to Ubisoft Reflections, the studio that created Grow Home, Grow Up and recently Atomega. If interactive, musical art (something that this game certainly appears to adhere itself to) is your thing, Ode could well be worth a look. At the very least, it’s always nice to step away from all the insane action that’s constantly getting thrown at us and do something a little bit different.