(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)
Guitar Hero has nothing on this bare-bones parody of rhythm gaming.
Rhythm games. Who hates 'em? Developer Zutty sure does — which was why he made Super Metronome Hero for F*** This Jam, a jam that tasked developers with making a game in a genre they hate.
In our own contrary fashion, we think that the game a piece of inspired greatness.
The game contains seven levels, starting at 40 beats per minute and speeding up with every successful completion. It's ... a metronome. Just a metronome. You have to hit a key — any key — when the pendulum hits the centre, and it's surprisingly hard to get it exactly right.
And yet, there it is: the very soul of rhythm gaming staring us in the face, born of practicality as much as anything. Zutty said:
Rhythm games are the only genre I truly hate, but since I lack any music-making skills or equipment, I would have had to find decent-quality public domain music to make a true Guitar Hero-style game. To save myself this trouble, I decided instead to boil the concept down to its bare bones.
We love it, Zutty, no matter what you say.