Harmonix Phases onto iPod

Latest game from developer of Guitar Hero, Rock Band now available for Apple's portable media player.

Last week, word of a new Harmonix project surfaced in the form of a Game Developers Conference session listing titled "Your Music is the Game: Designing the OTHER Project at Harmonix." The session description mentioned that the game would bring the developer's trademark beat-matching gameplay (as seen in Amplitude, Frequency, and the Guitar Hero series) with procedurally generated note charts to a "new and uniquely cool platform."

This should look familiar to Harmonix fans.

Today, Harmonix not only officially announced the game, but also released it. Currently available for the iPod Nano, iPod Classic, and fifth-generation iPods, Phase allows players to play a simple beat-matching game with the media player's clickwheel while listening to a special "Phase Music" playlist. Said playlist must be manually created in iTunes because the game cannot automatically draw from a user's music library.

The game takes songs between 30 seconds and 30 minutes in length that are stored in .MP3, .M4A, or .M4P file formats, and converts the music into a playable level. The game also comes with a handful of tracks already on it, including songs from Harmonix favorites Freezepop and Bang Camaro.

Players can play one song at a time or five-song minimarathons, and high scores are stored on the iPod for bragging rights. Phase is available on the iTunes music store for $4.99.

This is not the first such iPod game to incorporate a user's music library into the gameplay. In August, NanaOn-Sha, developer of PaRappa the Rapper and Vib Ribbon, released musika, which based its gameplay on the names of tracks on the user's iPod.

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playstation_wii
playstation_wii

this is cool, but the game will be so stripped down.

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

if anybody watched South Park last night...this is what their ver of guitar hero seriously looked like while they played it haha!

Daishi512
Daishi512

will it work with the iphone?

waveddiamond
waveddiamond

Why didn't I think of that? Oh wait I did!!

theNexus
theNexus

It is odd they not done a version of this for the touch since there is some 3rd party web based ones as well as some direct 3rd party apps for unlocked iphones already doing this

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

This really begs the question why don't you do that for Rock Band as well.

MatthewNintendo
MatthewNintendo

Just got this game and I have to say I'm seriously impressed. It's really fun and I can see myself playing this whenever I'm out and about, but a bit bored. I've tried making my own playlists and it maps most songs with a strong beat really well. So basically this game could have an endless amout of songs. And only

falcon11
falcon11

I got it and I must say, Its very addicting and fun! Its also great cause it does easy, med and hard!! Well worth the $5.99. Also, you can always switch the sound track to new songs so its always a fresh start!! Loves it!

dmitruk
dmitruk

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codepunk
codepunk

When are the iPod touch games coming?

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

Sweet. I just got an iPhone and I'm going to see if this will be playable on it :D

andrewhateme
andrewhateme

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Ryo_Kensen
Ryo_Kensen

That's pretty cool. I may have to get it. :)

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

@dorohala Actually it depends on what iPod you're using. I know this is for new gen iPods, but I've had an iPod mini for 2 years now, and it's still going strong. You're probablly using an iPod nano or something, which have a long history of breakage, more expensive iPods have a longer life, both phyiscal, and battery. Anyhoo, I can't see a game like this having a major hit on gamers, but could be fun for a bus ride!

dorohala
dorohala

ipod dont last long as much as the MP3 players does well!!!

Maverick128
Maverick128

"Dont get me wrong i hate apple and the ipod, but it's the most stylish and functional MP3 player around, the only people who can't admit this are sony/microsoft fanboys." I AM a Sony fanboy and I'll admit that the ipods are gorgeous and innovative. Now if only they would pack in a decent set of earbuds.

diablobasher
diablobasher

it's DRM, and the ipod is extremely easy to hack and turn into more or less a drag and drop MP3, making it mroe functional. Not to mention Zune are ugly from an aesthetic standpoit, as are Archos.

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

diablobasher, lord-of-gamers and some others on here... What? There is nothing wrong with the Ipod or Zune. I have a Zune and my daughter has an Ipod and we have both been using them for a long time. They both function great are reliable and are easy to use. The only problem I have is niether offers a free and easy way to convert video and both companies can shove their DMR up their @$$es

Montrealien
Montrealien

Grimbee, it is not about a periphal. It is about rhythm.

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Hope it works, but for the love of god, please no singstar iPod games. It's bad enough when people sing along to stuff they're listening to; having them *try* is even worse.

GrimBee
GrimBee

I thought the whole point of rock band, guitar hero etc was to rock out to awesome songs with a cool peripheral. They should call it "i-hero", because there is nothing rock-and-roll about pressing buttons on an mp3 player.. Guitar hero is cool because you hold the guitar controller, press the buttons and its like you are rockin' out. This is the same as having a dance dance revolution title on an ipod, there is only so much I can press before it just gets really boring. Although, I sure would like to tinker with this, see how it maps out songs that are on my ipod :D All harmonix need to do now is create a similar program for a new guitar hero game - where you can put in your own tunes and it maps out a game for you.

lord-of-gamers
lord-of-gamers

i agree with you... i also dont like apple and the ipod... i mean it is an amazing piece of kit but then again it's just a hard drive... i think the Zune had a chance but they never marketed it enough...

diablobasher
diablobasher

Yeah Zune is a heap, same goes for all other players including Sony. The only one better than the iPod is Acer/simiilar's drag and drop 20gb MP3 players. Dont get me wrong i hate apple and the ipod, but it's the most stylish and functional MP3 player around, the only people who can't admit this are sony/microsoft fanboys.

Tomatoman18
Tomatoman18

I'd have to say its a pretty neat app, quite a nice throwback to Amplitude and Frequency. Also a nice surprise to check iTunes after the update and see a Harmonix game. It even includes a Freezepop song to play along to. Its not perfect, but for 5 dollars who really cares. I like it and Im sure I'll get my 5 bucks worth while in an airport or waiting around campus.

Munkyman587
Munkyman587

I think it is kinda fun when I am sitting, waiting for class to start. For the price, I am sure I will get my 5 bucks of entertainment out of it.

Maverick128
Maverick128

"i really wish they would bring a gaming service to the zune!" They're not going to release a gaming service for 15 people. It wouldn't be cost-effective.

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

It's a cool little idea as an app, but if you really wanted to sit down and play it for 5-10 minutes, it's pretty much failure as the iPod buttons aren't as crisp and responsive enough to play this game fast.

Anderjak
Anderjak

Considering this is just a fun little app, it's a REALLY cool idea. People complaining about it seem to be expecting a full-fledged video game with all the perks and niceties/luxuries of a console title, but... No, this is iPod stuff. What's more, it's Harmonix. Thumbs up, guys, too few games utilize people's own soundtracks.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

This wouldn't seem so bad if the controls were a little more specific than, "the turn wheel." If the controls are decent, then it's a decent approach, but if they aren't, then it's a face flat approach. Either way, this isn't something great.

breakdown84
breakdown84

I totally agree with MasterChief725!!!!!!

SM2099
SM2099

WTF? This doesn´t sound good at all. I konw technology has come down along ways to be able to play this type of rythm based games on an mp3 player... I just don´t think its come that far to play it and have fun as on a console or on any other level.

roryk666
roryk666

vib ribbon was one of my all time fave games

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

so does that meanthe click wheel cycles through the three beat catchers at the bottom and then u have to press the button in the center to hit the beat...if so that is highly gay

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

i really wish they would bring a gaming service to the zune!

Fralaf
Fralaf

It's tempting to update my third generation iPod just to get a crack at this game. It might be disappointing to see it appear on the iPod rather than on a "real" games console, but this is where people have their music stashed in the first place. There's no better platform for this kind of "your music is the game" concept.

T070Y
T070Y

I use ipods for music not for playing rock band