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A Musical Story (2022) is a rhythm game where you are a young man in the 70s coming to terms with ending up critically ill in hospital. Through flashbacks and playing along in time with the music, you discover how he got there.

The story is told through a series of 20 songs, and each song is broken down into section you hear and then repeat by pressing the right buttons. Get it right and you proceed, fail and you simply try again.

Unlike other rhythm games, A Musical Story doesn't try to make you feel like you are playing the music. It keeps things as a simple call and response. While more experienced players may balk at this staccato simplicity, for newcomers it works really well.

As you progress you hear more of the story through each of the songs, and learn about the heroes situation through the connections to his musical memory. Like Sayonara Wild Hearts, each correctly played melody opens a new chapter into Gabriel’s past, bringing him closer to the truth. If you fail you simply try again. Play every song perfectly to unlock a hidden chapter.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked A Musical Story 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 15 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Rhythm game with Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete. Time to complete varies depending on how good you are at the game, and whether you aim for all the secret chapters.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Sex.

There is a single scene in the game that has led to the higher age rating. In this scene the characters are naked and bare breasts are visible. At one point in the game one of the characters is smoking.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although younger children may have the rhythm skill to play the game, the themes and story require a more mature player.

CostsCosts

A Musical Story usually costs £11.39.
 

A Musical Story

Steam Store PC £11.39
Steam Store Mac £11.39
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/03/2022

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Rhythm and Sequencing

Accessibility: 32 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Glee Cheese (@GleeCheese)


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