Day 780: ezmuze+ 2

Posted: 2012/12/28 in Indie Games

“ezmuze+ Hamst3r edition” was not only one of the best (and, for a long time, most expensive) Xbox Live Indie titles available, it also lead to one of the best interviews in WMD history (no offence to other interviews such as Angry Newton (Mr. Gravity), Dan Dicicco (Star Drive), James Watson (the crazy man who famously asked people not to buy his game), Mathieu Briau (of the superb “Shield the Beat”), and (perhaps my all-time favourite) my epic 3-part interview with Kris Steele.

Whereas many indie games are pet projects done in people’s spare time, “ezmuze+ 2” is a commercial product that its developers live off of. That alone is a great reason to plop down a mere 400 Microsoft Points on it. Be aware, though, that this is no game: it’s a serious music composition tool, but one that makes it easy to get great results. There are all sorts of impressive Youtube videos of songs created with emzuze+ 2, but here’s just one as an example:

And the results give you a good idea of how it works. You introduce and loop musical elements, piling them on top of each other to create your compositions. What’s impressive about it is how easily you can create stuff that’s way better than it has any right to be, for the talent required.

Anyone who liked the first product, just go get this. Tonnes more content, much better internet connectivity and sharing (yes, you can get this off the Xbox and on to something more conducive to distribution, and it’s both easier and more stable than in the earlier edition), and a tonne more enhancements both big and small.

They now have a product at every XBLIG price point: the original (and unreviewed) “EZMuze Break and House edition” at 80 Microsoft Points, “ezmuze+ Hamst3r edition” has recently dropped to 240 MSP, and now “ezmuze+ 2” at 400 points.

Here’s what the developer (Mad Ninja Corp._0) has to say about the game:

“The follow up to the number one music package on XBOX Live Indie Games, ezmuze+2 gives you more control, more freedom and more than 1000 loops!”

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