Developer Tinimations and Snow Cannon Games will release platformer/rhythm game hybrid Klang before the end of the month.
Everything you do in Klang– jumping, wall-teching, attacking, defending– is dependent on the music, provided by EDM artist bLiNd. You’ll time your movements and strikes with the music, mixing the input-accuracy of a rhythm game with the varied world-interactions of a platformer for a challenge all its own.
Although the story has the tongue in cheek style typical of some indie games (your protagonist, an anonymous Elite Rave Warrior, is in the middle of an escape attempt from Soundlord Sonus), Klang’s art is not only thematically apt, but impressively crafted. Cutscenes from the Steam pre-release trailer show fluid, fast-paced cinematics, and the gameplay is bursting with visual flair and pulsing momentum.
This isn’t entirely the first game of its kind: Crypt of the NecroDancer is a procedurally-generated dungeon crawler with strategic, position- and rhythm-dependent gameplay. It lets the player import their own music (on PC) or use a dancepad (on PS4). Crypt of the NecroDancer was successful, both in its realization and reviews, and a good sign that rhythm games can cross into other genres.
Klang comes to Steam on September 22nd.