There have been many debates over whether video games can ever be considered an art form. Well Beatbuddy: Tales from the Guardians is a game that could well turn even the most fervent deniers into believers. Personally I believe art is subjective and for me a game with a great, heartfelt story is art. It's thought-provoking and beautiful so how is it not?
Beatbuddy: Tales from the Guardians is a game where you don't need to justify it's artistic prowess. It is undoubtedly a piece of art. The levels are lovingly hand-dranw and absolutely stunning. I spent a good while of my time with this game just staring at the screen. The depth they've managed to get into this 2D side-scroller is amazing.
More than just being beautiful though, which it REALLY is, the game is ridiculously well crafted. We've all played the music games where you hit the button to the beat, but with this Beatbuddy the whole game flows to a beat. You will meet 'Hi-Hat Crabs' and 'Snare Streams' along your journey, and as these characters are introduced so is the music. It really is a stunningly well crafted game.
In all honesty I'm in awe of this game. It is rare you find a game that does what it does quite as well as this game does. The story is a good, if a little tired now, 'save everyone' kinda thing. But it works, just not as well as everything else about this game. The way the music swells when there are more characters not he screen gives me goosebumps. And the music is simply fantastic.
At £7.99 it's one of the cheaper games released in awhile too. It's a good little game, with plenty of challenging parts that may well make you a little mad. But it's all good, because seeing a hi-hat crap pulsate to the beat of the music makes it all worth while.
9/10 BUY IT!
A code was provided for the purpose of this review.