Phase, a music game for the iPod

Phase is a music-based game from Harmonix for the iPod (to be precise: any iPod that plays video).

The gameplay video shows a limited selection of songs, but apparently you can use any song on your iPod. Which means they must be analyzing the song in real-time… Well, if Vib Ribbon could do it on a PlayStation 1, why not do it on an iPod. Although my guess is that the songs that come with the game will be better balanced.

(Via Chris Foster, who was the designer and one of the programmers on Phase.)

Comments 2

  1. fluffy wrote:

    Yeah, seems like a current-gen iPod should be more than capable… I think the current ones have much faster CPUs than were in the PSX, and it’s conceivable that they could even take advantage of the nature of the audio compression to get the frequency analysis “for free” (though they probably wouldn’t).

    I have to wonder if Vib Ribbon actually analyzed the tracks which came with it or if those levels were actually designed. I never got around to trying it out with those tracks, say, copied to another CD in a different order to see if the levels changed any.

    Posted 07 Nov 2007 at 10:57
  2. Jurie wrote:

    (I reformatted your comment. Weird though, it looked fine in the WP interface.)

    Good point about the audio compression, but might be tricky since iPods support multiple audio formats (e.g. FLAC). On the other hand the iPod OS might have that stuff built in.

    I always kind of assumed Vib Ribbon had designed levels for the built-in tracks, and made up sorta kinda OK levels for your own music. But I never played it enough to know for sure.

    Posted 07 Nov 2007 at 14:54