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AudioSurf

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Did you ever play Grand Theft Auto on PC, load the mp3 directory with all your music, and just drive around for hours on end? Well, I sure did, and probably spent more time doing that in-game than anything else. I’ve missed that feeling, and I’ve missed my PC’s music library, while I’ve not-so-secretly been gettin’ comfortable with The Cloud servicing my musical needs. 

Well, no longer! I’ve just rediscovered my music library tonight, and fallen in love with it all over again thanks to AudioSurf!

Ride your music.

AudioSurf is a music-adapting puzzle racer where you use your own music to create your own experience. The shape, the speed, and the mood of each ride is determined by the song you choose. You earn points for clustering together blocks of the same color on the highway, and compete with others on the internet for the high score on your favorite songs.

AudioSurf on Steam includes The Orange Box soundtrack, integrated with the game to enable “Still Alive” surfing and more. In addition, AudioSurf is one of the first titles to leverage Steamworks, offering full support for the Steam Achievements that appear on Steam Community profile pages.

  • Play with any music from your own collection–the game supports MP3s, iTunes M4As, WMAs, CDs and OGGs
  • Valve’s The Orange Box Original Soundtrack is included.
  • Online scoreboards for each song you play.
  • Choose your strategy from 14 available characters.
  • Track your progress as Steam Achievements.

I’d recommend it to anyone that likes music, casual gaming, and/or rhythm games, but as they say in those infomercials, go try it yourself, check out AudioSurf on Steam. It’s $9.99, but there’s a free demo that you can try too.

Here’s me playing The Temper Trap’s ‘Science of Fear’. I’m playing with the “easiest” vehicle so all I have to do is get the clusters and avoid grey, but things get a helluva lot more complicated once you choose harder vehicles to play with. The audio is a little out of sync in the recording, blame WeGame.

When you start hitting those red notes towards the end, it really is an exhilarating feeling!

Speaking of more complex…

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