Coming-of-age pop-punk rhythm game Loud looks cute


Pop-punk isn’t my (brand new) musical bag but I can’t resist the coming-of-age story of a teenager who finds his place in the world by picking up a guitar. Give me Pugwall, give me Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, give me Loud. Announced yesterday, the rhythm game will tell the story of a teenage girl who goes from playing guitar on a broomstick to moaning on the world stage. Loud looks cute somewhere between Life Is Strange and Guitar Hero, and you can see a bit of that in the trailer below.

There’s Astrid, lost in the world, moaning on her broom in her bedroom until she gets a real guitar. From there, she makes friends, joins a band, and begins the inevitably bumpy ride to the top of the pop-punk music world. It’s very pop-punk, and very adolescent, and I’m very much into it. I love when a teenager learns to express themselves and collides with the unforgiving world of adults. And in the game.

Also, I love all the fake band posters. I think I may have seen Angry Angry Goblyn during my doom metal days.

To us, it sounds like Loud means blocking notes as they approach markers, like Guitar Hero sprawled out in a star circling the screen. It’s unclear how these controls work, but the Steam page says it requires a gamepad, with no keyboard and mouse support.

It will have 14 songs across 14 story chapters (plus a bonus song), so that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it doesn’t have to be. And it’ll only cost $12 (on Switch, at least, probably on PC too), so sure.

Loud is set to debut on July 15 on Nintendo Switch, and will later come to PC (via Steam), PlayStation, and Xbox. It is made and published by Hyperstrange.


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