Puzzle fans will be able to feel the beat in Polyphonic LP rhythm hybrid Resynth. With 72 levels, flashy graphics, and a steady beat, should players set out to solve each challenge?
Each stage of Resynth is set to a steady beat and features a scrolling bar. This beat is added to over time as players progress. As a little white cube, players will move around in a grid-like setting using the arrow keys, manipulating objects around and putting things in their rightful place. Some areas require a simple nudge to get the box into its cordoned-off zone, while others need to be rotated by ramming into them. There are some sections that require players to move across the same pattern as an arrow on the floor too, which adds to the bucket list. It’s not all for naught though – the more you do, the more fleshed out the beat is. Put everything in its rightful place, and a symphony of sound will come out of your speakers.
It’s a simple concept, one that will appeal to OCD fiends the world over. Though there is a reward for completing levels quickly and in a limited number of moves, Resynth prides itself on its more relaxed atmosphere. It’s not about rushing for your life to avoid a fail state – rather, it’s about planning multiple moves ahead to get things where they need to be. When it works, it can be downright cathartic.
It is not all sunshine and rainbows though, as it can be easy to get stuck into an unwinnable situation. If players put something where it shouldn’t be, a dissonant sound will fill your speakers and take you out of the zone. It is easy to rewind back to a previous move (or to the very beginning of a stage), but later stages are thorough affairs that require dozens of moves. It’s far too easy to make one wrong move and not even realize it until it is too late. Those who are stumped on a particular level can always come back to it, as multiple levels are unlocked at a time.
Those who are especially adept at the game will be able to earn Stars, which can be used to unlock things like skins. It provides incentive to keep playing, and we greatly appreciate the addition.
For the more creative among us, players can make their own stages with elements from the main game. Available in up to a 16×16 square grid, percussion pivots, beat goals, notes, and tiles can all be manipulated. There is some serious potential with this mode, and Steam Workshop integration is on its way.
Resynth offers up a relaxing experience that features the best elements of both rhythm and puzzle games. Though it can sometimes get obtuse, the lack of pressure makes it a solid title to unwind with.