The studio behind Rock band has a new rhythm game for iPhone and iPad that builds its levels around each player’s own music collection. Save execution, which was released last week, is a fairly straightforward game as far as those coming from developer Harmonix go: the game is all about swiping up and down and side to side in order to dodge, jump through over or slide under obstacles blocking a character’s path as they bounce down the street to the beat of the song a player is listening to. It can be extremely difficult when choosing a song you don’t know, but once you’re able to (literally) get into the beat with any song that’s playing, Save execution opens with a bouncy and fun way to discover some of your favorite tracks.
The number of songs you can add is limitedThe game is basic and repetitive, however, constantly giving players new goals to achieve while trying to set a better score. This makes playing different songs you own essential to keep the game fun, but unfortunately you won’t be able to try them all one after the other: Save execution is free and limits the number of songs you can add at the start. You can unlock many more by completing various objectives, and naturally, it also offers the option of paying to be able to unlock them as well. The game is only on iOS at the moment, but Harmonix says it will be heading to Android soon.
Even though its gameplay isn’t particularly complicated, it has a fun cartoonish style reminiscent of an old console game, and it translates player music well into gameplay in an understandable way. Of course, that’s to be expected: this type of playing is what Harmonix is known for. In addition to developing Rock band and the original Guitar Hero titles, he’s been creating beautiful and intricate rhythm games for over a decade now. He even created a simple Guitar Hero-style game for the iPod classic in 2007, called Phasebased on a player’s own music library, just like Save execution. Save execution doesn’t quite reach the same depth as some of Harmonix’s previous titles. But luckily, for those who missed them the first time or can’t wait to replay them, one of its best is heading to Kickstarter to fund an HD remake.