1… 2… 3… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) Hands On

By Matt Hawkins . April 5, 2013 . 10:30am

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One of the many studios that had space within the Indie Mega Booth at this year’s PAX East was Dejobaan Games. The Massachusetts-based developer is known for many things. Near the very top of that list is what they call their games. Take their most noteworthy release, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.

 

Anyhow, they had two new titles on hand; Drunken Robot Pornography and the even stranger sounding 1… 2… 3… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby). I decided to take a look at the latter. Why? Because I’m a sucker for music games and flat shaded polygons, which Drop That Beat is all about. Like other examples of the same genre, it taps into your own personal music collection to create unique levels.

 

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Gameplay-wise, it’s actually very similar to the their aforementioned hit, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA, in sense that it’s a base jumping game, with the goal being to avoid structures that are coming towards you. Points are awarded for coming as close to surfaces as possible, but without making actual contact.

 

But whereas in AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA, it’s clear that you’re a person falling between buildings, Drop That Beat is far more abstract, to the point that even the orientation of the action is not all that clear. As I played the game, the previous player who was watching on summed it up best with: “It’s a perfect combination of Rez and that part in Return of Jedi where you fly inside the Death Star 2.” Could not have put it any better.

 

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Drop That Beat was recently released on Steam as an Early Access Game. That means you purchase a game that’s still in development. According to the game’s creators, there’s still much work to be done. This includes making the environment react even more so to the music, as well as a more refined “stunt system”. But even at its early state, it’s the perfect game for those who, again, love Rez and Return of the Jedi’s final act.

 

It’s currently available only for PC, though given that it uses Unity, one must assume that a Mac port cannot be too difficult. The asking price is $9.99.

 


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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    http://youtu.be/CLBzgqVfffc?t=44s

    I wasn’t the only one to think this, was I?

  • Shane Guidaboni

    I played this at PAX. It was fun, but a novelty kind of fun.

  • Colin

    This game is old… been in my Steam library for eons.

    • Armane

      That’s an alpha. This is the full game. You’ll note that they took it
      off of Steam and put up the early access version (which you should now
      have).

      • MonsieurEek

        It wasn’t sold that way when it first came out a couple years ago. Not that I’m complaining; it’s great of them to return to it like this and especially to update it for free for everyone who already bought it.

        • malek86

          Yeah. Especially because the original version kind of sucked. At least they didn’t abandon the game after selling it.

          I’m more interested in DRP though. The alpha was pretty good.

        • Armane

          Pretty sure it was sold that way, but perhaps the Steam page didn’t: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3W-r9IobwI

  • Tom_Phoenix

    ….Well, if nothing else, you can’t fault them for a lack of imagination when it comes to naming their games.

    By the way, I bet it’s really annoying having to figure out how to write “AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA” correctly. =P

    • Zhizn Snake

      Even more if you type it out manually every time and don’t copypaste, lol

  • ShadowDivz

    Insert the original doctor who theme song

  • CirnoLakes

    That is sure some kind of…. name for a video game.

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