Digerati has announced a new rhythm game with a big focus on narrative called A Musical Story is coming to iOS later this year in the summer. Created by French developer Glee-Cheese Studio, the game has also been announced for Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One.
A Musical Story is set in the 1970s, and has you exploring the memories of a musician named Gabriel as he pieces together important moments in his past. The game is described as part-rhythm game, part-interactive art and makes use of the connection between music and memory as a central theme.
In order to emphasise the auditory experience of it, A Musical Story doesn’t feature any text or spoken dialogue, and the entire story is told through an original soundtrack composed and performed by Charles Bardin and Valentin Ducloux, and inspired by classic bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
A Musical Story began four years ago, when Glee-Cheese toyed with different ideas for how the story and narrative should be told before settling on the final vision for the game that set it apart from other titles in the music genre.
“We wanted to make something different, something that would stick in the minds of players, both for its gameplay and story. It took a huge amount of time to find the right formula, but this one was the most inspiring,” says Charles Bardin, designer and co-composer.
“In most musical games, there’s a visual timeline, showing exactly when to play the notes. We've focused instead on creating an experience that relies on the listening skills of the player, so they must feel the music, understand it, to progress and unveil the story.”
A Musical Story will be available on the iOS App Store later this year in the summer as a paid title, though we don’t know how much it will cost yet.