There’s an alien invasion, and you need to use the power of music to battle back waves of aliens in the new iOS game Loud on Planet X. We got to preview the game during GDC, and it comes from the makers of Pipe Trouble. Loud on Planet X is a music based rhythm game at its core in which you tap on the beat to send a laser blast from the speaker to fire upon enemies. There’s a little Plants vs Zombies mixed in with four lanes to defend as the alien waves march in.
Loud on Planet X features 14 indie music artists including Tegan and Sara, Metric, Purity Ring, and more with each group featuring two tracks in the game. There is a 30 level campaign with each track constituting a level, finished off with boss battles. Loud on Planet X is geared towards music fans, but anyone can get into the rhythm with each song relatively upbeat to fit with the lane defense gameplay. All you have to do is tap on one of the four lanes at the beat to blast back enemies, and the enemies keep coming for the entirety of the approximately three minute tracks. If you continue to tap on the beat without a mistake, you can earn a multiplier, but any offbeat tap breaks the multiplier, and sends out no attack.
Loud on Planet X takes a while to get used to, and it can be a bit frustrating the first few times you play. The best idea is to start on easy mode, and try to work with the visual cues to help you pick up on the beat. After a couple of easy levels, it’s easy to pick up on the rhythm, and start tapping out your defense. The main problem is that you can break up your rhythm if you start looking at the enemy waves, as you often want to tap rapidly to shoot at them before they hit your speakers. Thankfully, the speakers move to the beat, and they’re easy to focus on to then pick up on the song, and soon you will be tapping out the beat on your screen, and consequently firing away.
The best part of Loud on Planet X is that the rhythm changes between songs, and it truly feels like you’re tapping to the beat, when you nail consecutive shots. All of the songs are upbeat, but they have different pacing, and you need to pick up on that to survive. The game does include power-ups to help your defense, and all you have to do is swipe in a lane to place a power-up, and you can do so right within the beat of the song. You can also fill up the Loud meter to clear all enemies on screen with a special animation that is unique for each musical artist. You need to stick with the game, but once you pick up on the flow, you’ll find yourself nodding along as you tap to defend, and truly get into the tune.
Loud on Planet X ($3.99, Universal) delivers great rhythm based gaming with a nice twist that is well worth picking up.