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Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes Reviewed
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iLounge has published a new review of Square/Enix's Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes for Apple's iPod. The iPod based RPG puts players in the role of Ziggy, a young "Conductor" on a mission to rescue his brother from the evil Mechanical Militia. To succeed players must create "Tune Troopers" from the songs available in their library. iLounge gave the game a grade of B+.

From the review:

Building your soldiers from songs in your iPod music library is initially interesting, but can become tedious due to a lack of in-game guidance. Most of the characters are built in a part of the game called the Hip-O-Drome, with assistance from a guy called the Soul Master. Only occasionally, he’ll clue you in that a word like “Hero” in a song’s title could really help you make a great soldier, but as it turns out, there are a handful of words—love, star, hope, song, power, and so one—that create especially strong soldiers, and there are also at least 50 types of soldiers that can conceivably be created through this process. The game’s limited iPod song selection interface, combined with its meager guidance on making great soldiers, and heavily number- rather than visually-driven character profiling, makes this process a lot more random and less fun than it could be for players; that said, it’s definitely a more novel way of creating soldiers than some of the alternatives Square could have picked. Unfortunately, your music doesn’t have much of a part in the rest of the game, but at least Square has included a pretty good soundtrack of its own.

Character creation aside, Song Summoner’s gameplay is pretty standard strategy-RPG fare, though the goals have generally been made clear for the player. There are towns to visit on a structured world map, each featuring dialogue scenes with villagers and robots, a shop to buy items, and at some point a new battle to fight. You’re also directed to an arena to train your soldiers if you’d like, which unlocks some additional soldier classes not found in the Hip-O-Drome. If you want to avoid progressing in the story and would rather just revisit old towns to build up more points, you can do that.
The full review is available at the link provided below.

iLounge: Song Summoner Review


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