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If the recent Canadian Video Game Awards are any indication, Canadians are finally starting to realize how many awesome video games are created in this country.
At its spring showcase on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Toronto, PlayStation Canada highlighted upcoming indie titles that will soon be released. The room the showcase was held in was cramped, hot and sweaty, but the innovative Canadian-made indie titles were well worth the wait.
Sound Shapes for the PlayStation Vita, created by Jonathan Mak and Shaw-Han Liem of Toronto-based Queasy Games (developers of Everyday Shooter) was one of the most interesting games available for hands-on play at the showcase. Sound Shapes is a side scrolling platformer with a strong focus on musical interaction. The player controls a small blob and bounces it through a sound effects filled level.
The title’s creation mode is where things get interesting. You’re able to place notes anywhere in a level using the Vita’s touch screen and these notes act as in-game collectibles. Touching the notes activates them. Then the notes repeat with each repetition of that given measure. This may sound confusing, but it’s extremely cool and the kind of game that needs to be experienced to fully understand. Follow Sound Shapes on Twitter @soundshapes if you’re interested in finding out more about the title.
My favourite Canadian developed title at the