Publisher Digerati and developer Glee-Cheese Studio have announced rhythm / narrative game A Musical Story for Xbox One, Switch, PC (Steam), and iOS. It will launch this summer. A free demo featuring teh game’s first 10 chapters will be available via Steam on March 19 to coincide with the start of London Games Festival.
In A Musical Story, there is no text or dialogue—the entire story is told through the game’s original music and animated art, using the connection between music and memory as a central theme.
“We wanted to make something different, something that would stick in the minds of players, both for its gameplay and story. It took a huge amount of time to find the right formula, but this one was the most inspiring,” said game designer and co-composer Charles Bardin in a press release.
Bardin continued, “In most musical games, there’s a visual timeline, showing exactly when to play the notes. We’ve focused instead on creating an experience that relies on the listening skills of the player, so they must feel the music, understand it, to progress and unveil the story.”
Here is an overview of the game, via Digerati:
A Musical Story is a rhythm game set against a 70s backdrop. Explore the memories of Gabriel, a young man trying to come to terms with his situation through the connections to his musical memory. Each correctly played melody opens a new chapter into Gabriel’s past, bringing him closer to the truth.
- Rekindle Gabriel’s memories with rhythmic button presses in time with the music.
- Storytelling without words – discover Gabriel’s journey through music and visuals alone.
- Gabriel’s story comes to life through a beautifully crafted art style created by Alexandre Rey.
- A unique original soundtrack featuring 26 songs, composed and performed by Charles Bardin and Valentin Ducloux.
- Play every song perfectly to unlock a hidden chapter.
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.