Polybius Spotting On The Goldbergs

Stop playing little girl!

Stop playing little girl!

I’m a huge fan of the nostalgia-filled show The Goldbergs. It really captures what it was like to be a kid in the 80s! The makers really did their research too! In the latest episode “The Age of Darkness”, which deals with video game addiction, the mythical Polybius machine can be spotted next to Punch-Out in the arcade. This is the second time this urban legend has surfaced in a sitcom to my knowledge. It’s pretty funny how this stuff survives and makes its way into mainstream. If you never heard the story, wikipedia says:

According to the story, an unheard-of new arcade game appeared in several suburbs of Portland, Oregon in 1981, something of a rarity at the time. The game proved to be incredibly popular, to the point of addiction, and lines formed around the machines, often resulting in fighting over who played next. This was followed by clusters of visits from men in black. Rather than the usual marketing data collected by company visitors to arcade machines, they collected some unknown data, allegedly testing responses to the psychoactive machines. In some versions of this mystery, the players suffered from a series of unpleasant side effects, including amnesia, insomnia, nightmares and night terrors. Some players stopped playing video games, while reportedly one became an anti-gaming activist. The company named in most accounts of the game, Sinneslöschen (German meaning “deletion/erasure of senses, Sense-delete”).

 

The Goldberg’s theme song is appropriately 1980’s 8-bit rock from the awesome gand “I Fight Dragons”, check it out:

 

Arif Games Releases Super Cherry Blast


Arif Games just released this great casual game for Android. We did some Amiga500 style music, but I just couldn’t resist doing a little remix with some FM bass for my soundcloud. It’s great to see how many developers are taking inspiration from the classic consoles of the 80s and 90s.

Pick it up today! [Android]

RetroKit releases Hextile Match 3 with Beatscribe Music and Sounds

 

Hextile is a unique take on the Match3 genre. It’s sort of a combination of Tempest, Bubble Bobble and every Match3 you ever played. It works nicely! Fire your jewels into the open spots from any angle and match up 3 colors. As you take more jewels off the board, it gets trickier to match them up. Retrokit wanted to have a smooth jazzy soundtrack that isn’t overwhelming but is also fun. The end result is a lot of run and really gives the game a nice flavor. Check out this free app today. [iOs]

Top Shelf Apps Releases Saving Seabo for Android and iOS with Beatscribe Sounds

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 2.33.44 PMThe Flappy Bird mania continues with hundreds of apps coming to the market hoping to fill the void left in our hearts by that now-missing in action addicting little game. Saving Seabo is one of the closest approximations to Flappy Bird I’ve found yet. And I’m happy to say I did the sounds. Instead of possibly copyright-infringing Super Mario pipes, this game has a tiny fishy making his way around columns of dangerous Jellyfish. It’s maybe a tad easier than Flappy Bird, but overall, it’ll satisfy your itch to play the simple yet addicting game!

Grab it now! [Android] [iOS]

SpaceFractal Releases Karma Miwa on iOs, Android and Ouya with Beatscribe SNES Sounds

I sometimes get distracted by the background when playing this game. Then a rolling beetle destroys me.

I sometimes get distracted by the background when playing this game. Then a rolling beetle destroys me.

Space Fractal loves retro stuff as much as I do. His latest endeavor is based on an Atari classic called Snokie and plays very similarly. However, instead of going back to the time of 8-bits, he’s opted to build a more 16-bit SNES looking game with music to match. I used lots of classic synth sounds ripped straight from SNES wave tables, including Earthbound, Secret of Mana, and Kirby’s Dreamland . In the game you play as Terry, a Kiwi-looking bird who is trying to get home to find his bird freind Miwa. However, for some reason, creatures are being drawn to Terry and attacking him. The gorgeously colored outdoor levels and cavernous caves break up the atmosphere and really give you a lot to look at. There are tons of options for difficulty levels and even has a practice mode for working on the harder levels you encounter.

Karma Miwa is out for iOS, Android and the Ouya. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a console that lets you play Flash games as if you were playing on a console. Pretty sweet for us fans of retro gaming. Karma Miwa is a well-crafted and fun platformer that you’ll enjoy.

[iOS] [Android] [Ouya]

 

 

 

 

Gleo Games Releases Comet Bird with Beatscribe Sounds

Fun and simple, Comet Bird is a blast that is harder than it looks at the start.

Fun and simple, Comet Bird is a blast that is harder than it looks at the start.

Gleo Games has a few other games in the work, but if you’re missing Flappy Bird and looking for something in the same vein, their latest Android game Comet Bird will definitely hit the spot. It may seem simple at first but as you play further along, you’ll see that the challenge level really ramps up.

For the music in this one we went with some classic Super Nintendo inspired composing and synthesizers to keep you engaged and flying through space. Their next game is something totally different and loaded with some great Beatscribe tunes, so be on the look out for it soon.

Brain Brothers Mob releases Rainbow Surfer with Beatscribe Music and Sound


Brain Brothers Mob released their second title today. One that recalls the high-speed excitement of classic racing games. There was a very specific sound of video game music towards the end of the 90s, one that stretches even into the consoles of the 32-bit variety and beyond. In this game we tried to capture a little bit of that classic sound that keeps you involved and energized. Check out this awesome game on the google store today! [Google Play]

Compression For Beginners

Compression is one of the harder concepts to grasp when it comes to music production. When I was first learning, I foudn it an overwhelming to go through so many tutorials that either didn’t show practical use of compression or didn’t explain why you’d do it. So we’re going to start from the very begining and keep moving onward from there.

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Studio Upgrades: Thanks Cyber Monday!

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Wombi Apps Releases Two Toddler Games : Peekaboo and Spot That Animal With Beatscribe Music and Sounds

Peekaboo!

Peekaboo!

Wombi continues to put out apps at a prolific rate. Their latest lush, colorful masterpieces aim for the younger audience members. Simple games for toddlers that are fill with fun tunes and sounds. Peekaboo is kind of like whack-a-mole and Spot That Animal helps kids learn the names of different farm and forest creatures. There is a surprising amount of fart sounds in Spot that Animal too!

Pick them up today!  Peekaboo [iOs] [Android] | Spot That Animal [iOs] [Android]

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