Just Shapes & Beats | PAX East 2018

Just Shapes & Beats debuted a few years ago at PAX, but it’s the first time I got my hands on it. Earlier this year, our very own truOZ tried it out at PAX South and shared his thoughts. Now it’s my turn.

We hit up Nintendo Lounge in search of something new. At first glance, Just Shapes & Beats looked like a colorful and modernized reboot of Asteroids. But by the power of polygons, a circle, and music, it surpassed my expectations. Primed for local quad co-op, where ‘the more the merrier’ translates to the more people playing, the more chances you have to be revived. Just Shapes & Beats comes with a challenge to match its hardcore beats.

Be ready to shape things up when the beat drops. Become a triangle, pentagon, circle, or in my case – a square. The choice is not as important as the quest. Beat the beats or just get beat. The music challenges your attention span. Sounds made into color patterns that make an equalizer come to life. Creating a plethora of obstacles to chip away pieces of your shape. It’s easy to find yourself jamming to the beats but don’t lose your focus because it will lead to your melodic demise.

Just Shapes & Beats goes beyond the title. Though the music seems to be the catalyst of the antagonists, you can’t help but dance with the enemy. Jam to the rhythm and survive the awesomeness together.

Just Shapes & Beats Release Date: TBD
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC/Steam.
Official Twitter: @shapesnbeats

Juan was raised in a place where dysfunctional urban youth tainted the lives of those who were exposed to the drugs and the gunfire that lit the streets. In order to survive, he kept himself barricaded in his room, in the trenches of Nintendo and Sega. It’s how his passion developed for gaming and how the creative imagination took the driver’s seat. Gaming is an escape from the struggles of life and to express frustration. Just because you gain responsibilities as time progresses doesn’t mean you have to let go of gaming. Just adapt and evolve it to best suit your lifestyle and embrace the adventures that being a gamer brings. Stay posted and see what the product of the GAMING EVOLUTION can do.

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