Music to our ears
The Nintendo Switch has been bombarded with a whole bunch of quality rhythm games ever since its release, be it more straightforward like VOEZ or a little bit more complex like Superbeat: XONiC. As a fan of the genre, I will never be upset over getting more of what I love and as such I was quite happy to hear that PM Studios was helping with the release of MUSYNX on consoles. This indie title that was first released on mobile devices and developed by I-Inferno is yet another solid offering that joins the Nintendo Switch’s eShop.
MUSYNX is as straightforward as it gets right from the start. As soon as the little intro animation is played you’re given full access to the entire 90+ tracklist (with more on the way through DLC), difficulty levels and key modes. The game tracklist features a stellar soundtrack comprised of a broad range of music genres such as pop, classical, trance, vocaloid, R&B, and a couple more. Songs are grouped into categories and each of these categories has its own unique skin, this gives the game a bit more flair to its otherwise fairly humble visuals.
The gameplay is very standard but in a good way. Notes slide towards you in rows of 4 or 6 depending on the mode that you’ve chosen and you have to press or hold the right button at the right time, the better you do the better your score will be at the end. There are a couple of things that you can tweak before picking a song such as the speed at which notes slide towards you and the level of “Sound Enhancer”, the lower it is the more accurate your key presses sound which can be a good or a bad thing depending on how good you actually are at the game. The game looks and plays amazing on a big TV in docked mode but to me, the real winner is being able to take the game anywhere. There’s really nothing that can compare to zoning out to a flashy rhythm game on my way to work with my headphones.
Although the game is very fun to play there were a couple of small shortcomings that became apparent right from the start of my time with MUSYNX. First, the awful user interface that makes the action of picking a specific song a complete nightmare. The game doesn’t have a favourite songs list nor any genre filters so in case you want to play a specific song you have to scroll through the entire track list every single time. On top of this, the lack of any real modes is somewhat disappointing, a mere arcade mode with leaderboards like the one in Superbeat: XONiC would do wonders to the overall replayability of the game.
Despite these small gripes, MUSYNX is still a fine addition to the Nintendo Switch growing list of rhythm games. While its simplistic gameplay and a broad range of music genres are very welcoming features to newcomers I do wish there was a little more meat on its bones considering its asking price. As it stands, MUSYNX is still a very fun title that will surely have you tap your feet to the beat at all times.
SGR SCORE: 8/10
Review code kindly provided by PM Studios & Acttil
MUSYNX is also available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita