Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 27, 2012
    90
    Sound Shapes is a charming and beautiful platformer based on music and rhythm. Your goal is to collect notes and build on the song playing in the background. All the levels have a different look, with a team of graphic artists and performers combining their talents to make something truly enjoyable and unique.
  2. Sep 29, 2012
    90
    A beautifully detailed experience. [Nov 2012, p.105]
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    90
    A brilliantly conceived and well executed platformer, with enough aesthetically, musically and socially pleasing innovations to warrant a purchase.
  4. Aug 28, 2012
    90
    With the exception of quirky platforming physics, there's nothing to not like in Sound Shapes. Fantastic pre-made levels and a profound level editor make the game a great value as well. Whether you're academically interested in the more experimental line of games on the PSN or you just want a unique and enjoyable platformer, you can't go wrong with Sound Shapes.
  5. Sep 19, 2012
    85
    Sound Shapes is a refreshing change of style and pace for the PSN. Although not perfect it does a lot of things that have not been seen (or heard) before and should be commended for doing so. Add to this a small price tag and cross-play features and you have a great package that no PS3 owner should ignore.
  6. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    Come for the excellent aesthetic design. Stay for the endless fun and frustration of chipping away at those best times. [Oct 2012, p.57]
  7. The platforming gameplay itself is simple, but in conjunction with the lovely art style and excellent soundtrack, there are times when Sound Shapes becomes a genuine joy. [Oct 2012, p.119]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    7
    Beautiful but frustrating and sometimes stupid, Sound Shapes rely on a strong community and truly amazing visuals. While Beat School is fantastic, Death Mode is a disaster Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2013
    9
    Sound Shapes is probably one of the most imaginative platformers that I've played in a while. It takes music and makes you go through levels collecting notes to make more music, everything in the game adds to the music. It's obviously pleasant to listen to being a game that's based almost entirely around music. Some levels were really hard, though. I wouldn't say that they were just hard in terms of completing them, but in terms of completing them 100%. I did die numerous times, so this is pretty challenging for people who like to get 100%. I did like how it was a challenge though, games nowadays are relatively easier than they used to be. If you want it to be really hard, play the death mode. It's another mode for the game that applies to all levels, the level is replaced by a single one challenge of getting a certain amount of notes within a set time period. These are most certainly not easy, there's always obstacles that will try to stop you from succeeding. I should mention that you can't unlock this mode until you've beaten all of the main levels. The levels are also infinite, there's a ton that are user generated. There's a lot of items that you can use to customize your own levels to make it truly unique, you unlock new items to use in the level editor by completing the main levels. This is a great 2D platformer for people who are fans of the genre and people who like music. It's a truly unique and great concept for a game and it succeeds. If you're going to download this game, I would highly recommend that you play with headphones. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    8
    The game of Sound Shapes is a slasher. It’s a puzzle-slash-music-slash-art-slash-platformer-esque game that put’s you in the place of an ambiguous blob who sticks and rolls along through colorfully crafted surfaces making music wherever it goes. What draws you in are it’s personal visuals but what keeps you sucked in are the albums you play through. With contributors such as Beck and Deadmau5 you can expect an experience given by no other. Sound Shapes is also cross-buy/cross-play so it’s a no-brainer investment for $15 on the Playstation Store. Full Review »