Aksys is in the process of localizing OD Beat Drop, a rhythm based block dropping game for Xbox Live Arcade from a studio that worked on Every Extend Extra Extreme. No, not Q Entertainment — Cyclone Zero, one of Japan’s stealth developers. Their resume consists of undisclosed PSP and DS games, as well as E4.
I played OD Beat Drop and its like Puyo Pop or Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. Shapes fall from the sky and you have to match them before your opponent or opponents do. Clear a chain of blocks and you drop penalty pieces on other players. What makes OD Beat Drop different is it adds rhythm to the formula.
See the red/blue bar? If pulses to the beat. If you drop a block when the bar is blue the piece falls, but it won’t clear anything. If you want to erase pieces, start a chain, and cause chaos for your opponent you need to drop a block when the meter is red. The beat bar switches timing and it felt like I had to be more precise when I was on a roll.
As you can see, OD Beat Drop supports avatars. So, you can use a caked up clown avatar to distract your opponent in online matches. Aksys also confirmed OD Beat Drop has downloadable content, but they wouldn’t reveal what kind of content is in the works. Since OD Beat Drop is a synesthesia/music game song packs seem likely.
OD Beat Drop is scheduled to go live this fall.