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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 90
    I never knew I wanted a bullet-less shoot-’em-up that was dripping with rhythm game style, but that’s exactly what Just Shapes & Beats is. It’s a thoroughly unique game with a myriad of options that can be played in a variety of ways. It’s awesome.
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    90
    A flawless achievement of rapport between the visual, playable and audible sections. Essential for fans of musical games.
  3. Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Just Shapes & Beats allows some simple ideas to blossom into an inventive, engaging challenge that proves a tiny cluster of well-proportioned pixels can contain more personality than the mightiest action hero.
  4. 90
    Just Shapes & Beats is an audio-visual masterpiece, and I give serious kudos to the talented artists and designers who blended their crafts in such a tight display. With a staggering variety of options for gameplay, fun party modes, and a thoroughly catchy tracklist, developer Berzerk has delivered a standout rhythm title.
  5. Jun 18, 2018
    90
    Just Shapes and Beats is gaming filtered into its purest form. While E3 may have treated us to immense cinematics, bigger worlds and even bigger promises, it’s great to be reminded that not every video game needs to be this. Sometimes it’s enough to just be able to sit down, pick up a controller and play. Just Shapes and Beats may be a simple concept but it’s one that combines its soundtrack and visuals to craft a truly addictive and memorable experience.
  6. 85
    The game is perfect for the Switch due to its short songs and addicting gameplay. Just Shapes & Beats can be played on the go in short bursts or for long periods of time. Fans of the music genre will find a lot to love, and those who like fast action will be glued to the screen for hours. Switch owners looking for an entertaining indie game should pick up Just Shapes & Beats. Not only is it a fantastic game on the console, it’s one of the best indie games of the year.
  7. Jun 19, 2018
    70
    Just Shapes & Beats is a game for those who enjoy music, mainly electronic music, in which the central objective is to escape from its shapes and beats. So if you are looking for a game with a cool story maybe this game is not for you. The coolest of Just Shapes & Beats are the musical qualities and their Party mode, that can be played freely while people enjoy the party. Just Shapes & Beats is a good buy to have on your Nintendo Switch and will brighten up your parties.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    Su musica es genial, te incita a seguir jugando mas y mas, sin duda un juego muy recomendable y mas con la portabilidad del switch, sin dudaSu musica es genial, te incita a seguir jugando mas y mas, sin duda un juego muy recomendable y mas con la portabilidad del switch, sin duda no desepciona me a encantado Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    9
    [TL; DR]
    Game had a simple idea and wonderful execution, unique stages, fluid gameplay and neither so punitive. The main campaign I believe
    [TL; DR]
    Game had a simple idea and wonderful execution, unique stages, fluid gameplay and neither so punitive. The main campaign I believe lasts about 3h with a great replay factor. Note: 9.0.

    [History]
    The story mode is something fantastic, the game can show us an adventure of our protagonist Square and his friends only with shapes and beats, there is only one word pronouncement throughout the whole plot and it's this one: @%&*! . That is, for lack of dialogues, the game got heavy on the animations and sounds and the result is a show apart.

    The mode works similar to the Super Mario World map, but there are lots of interactions and little minigames, nothing difficult or challenging, but it's fun to walk between stages.

    [Graphics]
    The graphics are simple, there is no extraordinary effect. But they knew how to make nice shapes and colors with effects and animations at the point, leaving everything very harmonious, nothing out of the ordinary, the union of all these things makes the graphics very interesting.

    [Sounds]
    There's nothing to talk about. Simply amazing, the songs are cool and lively beats, they are not cloying and the tracks are unique. It would make it easy for the CD to sell in the stores (if we had in the 80s / 90s years).

    [Gameplay]
    The proposal is quite simple: we are a baby blue square and our goal is to dodge everything that is pink, the motto is: "Pink is bad." We can walk in all directions and give a dash, at the time dash we are immune. There is no shot, combo, special or anything else to get our attention of what matters: the shapes and the beats.

    The pink shapes sprout on the screen in sync with the music, but although the game is rhythmic, we do not have to follow the beats, our freedom here is very big (or not, because there is time that has so much rose that can not go to many places).

    [Stages]
    They spent no effort on building level design, the game could be boring and boring if it were not for the unique stages we encountered throughout the game. Seriously, each stage is a unique experience, we get a taste of want more and not with that feeling of "ahhhh I'm tired of doing this, it's so boring!". The stages are abstract, but you can see the reference with several other games, Metal Gear Solid (PS1), Rive Raid and Mario. Still has the theme of 007 and Mortal Kombat.

    [Difficulty]
    In fact the game is very challenging, but I did not get to spend much punitive because of the short stages. If we die (touch 3x in pink), we return to the last checkpoint (which has all the time), the problem that if you die 3x gives game over and has to start all over again, this for me was a negative point of the game . There are a lot of people cursing on twitter because of the difficulty of the game. There is the casual mode that makes it easier. The bosses do not have checkpoint and some are difficult, but nothing like trying 2 or 3 times and decorating their movements, as the stages are short, don't gets so punitive.

    [Multiplayer]
    It can play the campaign with more people (which should facilitate a lot) and has the Challenge mode where we can play alone, local multiplayer or the internet. I tried the mode and it started ok, but after a while it started to bug (it seemed that the stage was out of sync because I took damage without touching anything and the other players went through the pink without taking damage). I have not played much this way to know if it was because I was playing with Japanese or if you will be recurring.

    [Replay Factor]
    We have access to all the songs and we can play any one again, there is a list with the performance note of each stage. Here we can play and play and play the stage until you get a bright and colorful S. Also unlock some cool little things after completing the game.
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  3. Jun 19, 2018
    9
    A solid musical game. There's lots to do even when there's only 34 songs. However, being musically inclined, I have noticed the numerousA solid musical game. There's lots to do even when there's only 34 songs. However, being musically inclined, I have noticed the numerous imperfect timings in the attacks and obstacles, which make me mistime my very short dash. Also there's no hitscan, which made some attacks go right through me. Other than those minor problems, I have yet to stop listening to the soundtrack since day one! I loved the minimalist story too. Expand
  4. Jun 2, 2018
    9
    Just Shapes & Beats provides a fun time for both playing alone and with friends. One enjoyable part even after beating the game is being ableJust Shapes & Beats provides a fun time for both playing alone and with friends. One enjoyable part even after beating the game is being able to play with others online to many of the songs featured in the story. To unlock all the songs both story mode and challenges will need to be met. Other than that, the developers have put a lot of work into this game and it has shown over the years. Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    8
    The overall experience of the game is great!
    advantage:
    Breaking music and rhythm. Combined with music experience. Vivid and interesting
    The overall experience of the game is great!
    advantage:
    Breaking music and rhythm.
    Combined with music experience.
    Vivid and interesting story mode.
    There is a network connection function.

    Disadvantages:
    Short story mode.
    It would be nice if the elements of the checkpoint were random.
    There is an individual case of Karton.
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  6. Jun 22, 2018
    4
    The obstacles are really unfair, cheap and unpredictable.
    This game could've been really fun with some gameplay tweaks, however I did not
    The obstacles are really unfair, cheap and unpredictable.
    This game could've been really fun with some gameplay tweaks, however I did not find the single player fun in the slightest because of all the times I died over something I was unable to avoid and was unreactable.
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  7. Jun 10, 2018
    0
    Brutal difficulty, cheap, unforgiving oh and to top it off limited continues.