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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Puzzle
Developer: Zoë Mode
Release Date: Feb. 3, 2010

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'Chime' (XBLA) Reveals Music Lineup - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2009 @ 5:37 a.m. PST

Chime is a unique block puzzle game fused with music creation elements and contributions from a number of famous musicians.

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Chime introduces a creative twist on both music and block puzzle games. The game will task players with covering a number of different grids with irregular shapes, each connected to a sound effect from the different music tracks, to form rectangular blocks, called quads. As gamers slowly cover the grid, they will be building up the song playing in the background in a unique way. Working their way to 100 percent coverage, players will unlock the song in full. Easy to get into but hard to master, Chime will hook fans with its addictive game mechanics and cool music tracks by Moby and Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), among other yet unannounced artists.

Zoë Mode is the first in a series of developers and designers who have been working on games for the charity publisher. OneBigGame has more than15 games currently in development from various established developers to raise funds for its children's charities.

Tracks from Moby, Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly, Philip Glass and Markus Schulz are confirmed for the unique block puzzle game that sees players re-construct existing songs from these famous artists by placing irregular shaped blocks on a sequencer-style playing field.

All artists have donated their tracks pro bono to the game, which sees all net proceeds go to charity.

"We are very excited to work with such a diverse line-up of musicians and tracks and are extremely grateful to these artists for their pro bono contributions," said Martin de Ronde, director, OneBigGame. "Having world-class acts linked to Chime raises its profile even further, and is a great example of the collaborative nature of the entire OneBigGame charity initiative."


Contributions from the artists were also largely made possible thanks to the effort of Nimrod Productions' music supervisor and composer Marc Canham and his associate Artie Fufkin, who reached out in their network of music labels, publishers and artists to sign up artists for the game.

OneBigGame has more than 15 games currently in development from various established developers to raise funds for its children's charities. Zoë Mode is the first in a series of developers and designers who have been working on games for the charity publisher.

"We're thrilled that these great artists have donated their music to Chime and shown such enthusiasm for the game and the OneBigGame project," said Ciaran Walsh, Audio Director at Zoë Mode. "We've worked hard to do justice to their music, turning each track into a unique level with musical depth and great gameplay."

Chime's full artist line-up and track list:

  • Philip Glass - Brazil
  • Markus Schulz - Spilled Cranberries
  • Moby - Ooh Yeah
  • Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) - For Silence
  • Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly) - Disco Ghosts

Notable other developers include Shiny founder David Perry who will remake one of his favorite ZX Spectrum games, adventure games guru Charles Cecil who is creating an adventure version of one of the most played casual games in the world and the father of music rhythm action games Masaya Matsuura, working on a reinvention of the genre for the iPhone, WINtA. All these games will be released in the course of 2010, following the launch of Chime this winter.

All participating non-profit games will be published and distributed by OneBigGame both through its own dedicated games portal and a number of digital download platforms on both console and PC. Games will be available for a limited exclusivity period, ranging from 4-12 months, during which all net proceeds will be going to charity.


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