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With its monochromatic palette and tinkly music, you might confuse Shapes & Sound for a "chill" game. Not so: it's inspired by the twitchy vector shooters of yore, like Asteroids and Tempest. But while those titles offered no more complexity than a rising difficulty curve, Shapes & Sound combines some simple yet appealing graphics with deep gameplay.

The core of the game is simple: tap around your shape to shoot at those flying towards you. But be selective, because corresponding shapes (of any size) don't hurt you. When you've absorbed enough projectiles, you can unleash a special attack that will usually clear the screen. There are also healing and explosive projectiles that can come in any shape. Here's where the strategy comes in: at any point, you can switch between the circle, triangle and square shapes with a swipe, allowing you to selectively shoot or absorb shapes as they appear. The mechanic is not unlike Ikaruga. Theoretically, you could go through the entire game without shooting anything.

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Shapes & Sound: TheShapeShooter is the first game from ARRG Studios, and it's available for a single buck. Remember: every time you buy a paid game with no in-app purchases, an indie developer gets its wings. Or at least a selection from the fast food value menu.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • sciwizam

    They have a video on Vimeo with more gameplay: http://vimeo.com/57706498

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Another piece of content taken from reddit.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley


    • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

      How do you know that?

  • http://twitter.com/NeoSlyfer D ‘Dawk Lawd’ West

    Great Stuff , tried it and loved it for it's simplicity yet addictive gameplay