Backbeat Gameplay Trailer #1
Backbeat: Official Announcement Trailer
Critic Reviews for Backbeat
Backbeat stands out among puzzle games for its attractive graphics and constantly pulsing, funky soundscape, but most of all for its impressive depth of mechanics. Juggling phrase lengths, bar markers, alignment, stagger, solos, and special moves – all in interactive levels full of moving parts – is like having a wah-wah pedal hooked up to your brain. Apart from a sometimes-fiddly interface and limited replayability, Ichigoichie has hit all the right notes.
I found the mechanics hard to pick up, and even though the stages have multiple solutions, the patience and juggling required in later stages ended up pushing me to the brink. Other than how the dialogue exchanges work, I do love everything about Backbeat's presentation, and the story and writing are certainly charming. Ultimately, though, unless you're musically inclined or have a real knack for movement/resource-based puzzle games, it's entirely possible you'll end up wanting to throw Backbeat on the back burner.