Another week and another release of diverse and unexpected PSN titles that seem to materialize out of nowhere. Chime Sharp is one of them and is a sequel to 2009’s Chime. Lucky for us, this one strikes all the right notes.
Chime Sharp is a Tetris-like shape-moving puzzler. It’s bold and looks at first glance simple enough to play. Yet like all games of its kind, Chime Sharp is hard to master. It’s a timed game where you need to fill a grid with combined shapes without leaving any gaps. You need to create solid blocks of 3×3 to make Quads and extend the Quads to cover the grid area. You’re randomly thrown blocks that can be swivelled about and placed anywhere within the playing field. It’s your quick thinking and nimble movements that rack up the points and pile up the multipliers. The shoulder trigger turns each piece and the X button executes a safe landing into the desired area. You’re given a heads up as to which shaped block is next and the different shapes lock together with a slick feel.
Where the fun begins, is that as you unlock new levels, the grid in which you lay your shapes changes shape. All of a sudden the goal posts have moved; time to rethink and up your game, as now Chime Sharp becomes a challenge. Thankfully it’s a welcome one. Addictive and rewarding, at first you’ll be hard pressed to put this one down.
On screen everything looks crisp and bright. If your TV is a good five feet away from your sofa, you’re still going to get a face full of action and an ear full of melody. If you’ve ever played Lumines, then you’ll understand how important such music is to a game. It plays a big role and it’s no different here. As you fill up the grid, the soundtrack ups its notes and melodies into a fine crescendo. Definitely an experience worthy of donning your headphones – kick back and enjoy.
Its fifteen levels become increasingly hard, even playing on easy mode. Each level has an easy, medium and hard mode to unlock for all the geniuses. There’s also a Platinum to pop for all the bling hunters out there. The dilemma of placing the right shape into the canvas can become a frantic affair. Okay, it may not be a game you’re going the spend the night on but, then again, you may well be surprised how many hours you’ve just sunk into the game on one sitting.
Chime Sharp does require skill and patience, so if you like your puzzle games to be fast, frantic and challenging, then this is for you. Its simple and clever gameplay coupled with a musically gripping soundtrack brings a welcomed return to PS4.
Lizard Rating 8/10
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