Get musical with our look at this refreshingly unique game.
Get into the groove
With its streamlined, minimalist approach, Sound Shapes charms you from the very start. In place of multiple menu screens and options, you get instant action in brilliantly designed worlds (or albums) that feature cute, colourful and beautifully animated visuals by some of the world's most forward-thinking artists - not to mention soundtracks from some of the planet's greatest musicians.
These are no ordinary soundtracks, however: they're bleeping, twinkling, organic creations that you help put together as you play - a unique and ever-evolving collaboration between you and musicians including Beck, deadmau5 and I Am Robot.
Musical notes are strewn throughout each stage and the pace and route of your progress will influence the music you make. It's a superb and imaginative way to add depth and complexity to the game, and the result is a lush, compelling and super cool sensory experience that grabs hold of you and won't let go.
The aim of Sound Shapes is deceptively simple: move through the abstract game worlds encountering obstacles of all kinds and glowing musical notes dotted about the scenery. All around you, ambient melodies and rhythms bleep and pulse - and every note you collect strengthens the song.
Keep your little shape safe and collect all the notes and you'll finish the stage amid a gorgeous electronic symphony. Plunge headlong into danger and frazzle to a crisp and you'll return to the last checkpoint, losing some of the beats and tones so important to your evolving musical masterpiece.
The cross-platform features of Sound Shapes add incredible value to the game. If you've already purchased it for PlayStation Vita or PlayStation 3, you can download the PlayStation 4 version from PlayStation Store at no extra cost. Similarly, buying it on PS4 means you can play Sound Shapes on the move via your free PS Vita version - as well as save and transfer your game progress between the systems using cross-save functionality.
There's a huge amount of replay value, too - not least because beating the game in its regular guise gives you access to the brilliant Beat School (where you use touchscreen controls in the PS Vita version and the game's audio toolkit to make your own crazy stages and tunes) and Death Mode (where you face a series of tricky, time-sensitive challenges). Share your high scores and best beats with other players via PlayStation Network - it's time to make sweet, sweet music!