Cosmic DJ (PC) Review

By Athanasios 10.12.2018

Review for Cosmic DJ on PC

From quirky (yet flexible) music creation games like Mario Paint, to more "specialized" ones like Music 2000 or Dance EJay, software that let people create some tunes through simple tools isn't something new. What about jamming, though? Is there something that just lets you have a go with your musical instruments, but in a more freestyle way. That's where, LSD-fuelled, dance music creator, Cosmic DJ, comes to save the day, with a system that requires even less music knowledge from those willing to try it out. Too bad it won't last for more than an hour or so…

Cosmic DJ revolves around a cosmic being of some sort that tries to fight a certain what's-his-name, who apparently damages the universe with his bad vibes. Who will save the day? The answer of course, is: you, the titular hero. Don't expect a "real" plot, though. Each level throws in a simple scenario like, "Make those two friends again," or "Save this dog," but these stories just provide the visual backdrop for your jamming, with the cartoony "characters" of each tale being ready to dance to your beat.

As for the gameplay on offer, it's all about picking an instrument, creating a looping sample through jamming, moving on to the next instrument, jamming some more, and so on and forth. In the end of your improvisation, you get half a minute to draw your own psychedelic album cover, while your tune gets exported into a nice, one-minute-and-something-long mp3 - and That's. About. It.

Screenshot for Cosmic DJ on PC

Therefore, jamming is the name of the game, and, yes, jamming feels good. For starters, the UI is very simple to use, whether one just taps one of the four available buttons to create some sweet music, or creates specific "notes" with more accurate timing in Grid Mode, and, secondly, the result usually sounds pretty good! Sure, what you create doesn't really matter as you can "complete" a level just by letting your cat walk over your keyboard, but Cosmic DJ isn't about skill, but about enjoyment.

Sadly, it wasn't built with a replay value mindset, and that hurts this, otherwise, charming indie title quite a lot. The problem isn't that the "story" mode doesn't last for long, as it's logical for this to act as an introduction to the Free mode. However, the free mode is basically the same thing all over again, with the result of each of your jams sounding extremely similar to the one before it, as the tools on offer aren't really that flexible. In other words, it's an experience that's exciting, and even relaxing, but it will be over in an hour or so...

Screenshot for Cosmic DJ on PC

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

With its strong emphasis in jamming, Cosmic DJ is an interesting take on the rhythm/music creation genre, and one that's also very enjoyable. Is there reason to invest time and money in something that won't last more than an hour, though?

Developer

Gl33k

Publisher

Devolver Digital

Genre

Simulation

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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