Review: Chime Sharp (Nintendo Switch)

Place pieces, paint the board, make music. Chime Sharp is a sequel to 2009’s Chime, a music puzzle game with an addictive, ambient heartbeat. You join shapes to cover a grid, while a beatline reads those shapes as notes. As you cover the board, the music builds to a beautiful crescendo of your own design. The only way to discover what Chime is to play it, but if you want a glimpse, consider what it might feel like to cross Tetris, a music sequencer and a hypnotic dream about your favorite pop song.

Pros:

  • Clean clear graphics using a more 3D approach this time around.
  • 737mb download size.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • 15 levels each with their own song.
  • Each level has five modes to unlock: Practice,  Standard,  Sharp,  Strike, and Challenge.
  • Puzzle gameplay.  cover the area with tiles within the time limit.  think Lumines meets Tetris. As you must combine odd shaped blocks to cover the play area, but also get the multiplier going by making blocks before the ever moving line goes across the screen ala Lumines.
  • Earn bonus time in the game by chaining and scoring high scores.
  • The tutorial consists of a loading screen or clicking a button in the extras menu.
  • Multipliers allow you to rack up higher scores.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Better suited on a portable device.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Lots of replayability.
  • Full online leader-board support with track, Difficulty, Friends or global filters.
  • extras to unlock.
  • End of a level breakdown showing: quads,  largest quads,  highest multiplier,  total coverage,  time played, score and high score.
  • Fun and frantic game.

Chime Sharp

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Cannot change options in the game.
  • Songs are not to everyone’s taste.
  • No real tutorial. It doesn’t explain how multipliers and coverage work for example.
  • Certain colors clash making it hard to see what needs clearing.
  • You have to unlock the better game modes.
  • Unlocking new tracks can take a while as its all dependent on skill.

Chime Sharp

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Chime sharp builds upon the previous game, It has a load of song and modes to unlock. I just wished it would explain everything in a much clearer way so you can get cracking on unlocking new songs and modes. That said the game is an absolute blast as its fast as it is clever. Going for a high multiplier really adds the sweat to your brow. In short, if you want a fun challenge you can’t go far wrong with Chime Sharp.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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