Microsoft has chosen OneBigGame’s music puzzler Chime to be part of the special Xbox LIVE Arcade Deal of the Week promotion.
This week, Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can buy Chime along with other titles, at discounted rates. Chime is available now for 240 Microsoft Points, and OneBigGame will donate all net proceeds to charity partners Save the Children and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
“We are honoured to be included in the Critic’s Choice line-up of Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 games,” said Martin de Ronde, director, OneBigGame. “Chime’s commercial and critical success is the result of creative minds in the entertainment industry coming together to create an enjoyable, immersive and interactive experience.”
A creative twist on both music and block puzzle games, Chime tasks players with covering the playing field with irregular shapes, each connected to a sound effect from the background music track, to form rectangular blocks, called quads. Gamers control a single shape at a time, and can move, rotate, and then place it on the grid. A beatline moves across the grid in time with the music, and sets off events when it hits placed shapes. Quads are created by placing shapes in solid blocks of 3×3 or more. When a quad is completed and the beat line hits, different musical samples are triggered dependent on its shape. The size of the quad denotes the score, and multipliers can be achieved by having several quads on the screen at once. Chime’s innovative game mechanics enables players to create a unique remix of each song every time they play a level as the building of larger quads unlock more elements of the underlying song. Working their way to 100 percent coverage of the grid, players will unlock the song in full.
More information about Chime can be found at www.chimegame.com.