Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Wii U) Preview

By Adam Riley 29.09.2014

Review for Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians on Wii U

Whilst playing various other games at this year's Eurogamer Expo, renamed EGX for short, one game kept catching the eye and it was none other than the highly intriguing Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians from a developer called Threaks, a game that actually hit Steam last year, and is due for Wii U eShop in 2015. Was it as good as it looked from afar? Oh yes indeed!

Exploring underwater locations as a strange little blue blob creature was instantly gratifying, with smooth controls as the critter swished around the wonderfully colourful and highly detailed environments, collecting small gemstones along the way, dashing whenever user-prompted to avoid any hazards en route. Whilst a pleasurable enough experience alone, what made the time with Beatbuddy so memorable was the rhythm-based aspect included.

Scooting around the depths, suddenly it became apparent that various layers were being added to the backing track as progress was made, and even the surroundings started to come to life more, with objects and living creatures pulsating or dancing in time with the bass line. Unconscious foot tapping soon commenced.

Screenshot for Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians on Wii U

Bounce from drum-like platforms to smash through barricades, dash in time with the soundtrack's beats to swiftly shoot through colour-changing barriers, and solve puzzles related to moving on to new areas (rotate elements to bounce off or temporarily stun deadly sea creatures, for example, or even retrieve missing parts of vital mechanisms). Although only a short time was spent with Beatbuddy, it turned out to be one of the best surprises of EGX. The prospect of working through more levels not just as Beat, but Beat sat within various pieces of special equipment (such as what looked like a spherical escape pod in the demo), adding new elements to the gameplay, is a very enticing one.

Screenshot for Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians on Wii U

Final Thoughts

One of the biggest, and most pleasant, surprises of EGX 2014 was Beatbuddy, without a doubt. After sadly missing out on the Steam release last year, this Wii U eShop edition cannot come soon enough! A very enjoyable underwater exploratory adventure, mixed with a fantastic beat-led gameplay mechanic and stunning soundtrack, all make this a 'one to watch' title for the near future.

Developer

THREAKS

Publisher

THREAKS

Genre

Rhythm

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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