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BIT.TRIP FLUX Gameplay Revealed, More or Less

Posted by Zach Kaplan

ESRB description is less cryptic than Alex Neuse's clues

Until now, we've only had a set of screenshots and a mysterious statement from Gaijin Games's Alex Neuse to help us figure out what BIT.TRIP FLUX, the sixth and final title in the musical WiiWare series, is all about. The game has just received an ESRB rating, however, and the board describes it as follows:

This is a musical paddle game in which players move a vertical platform to deflect waves of dots that fly across the screen. With each collision, a musical tone is emitted to correspond with the beat of background music.

We're giving the game a thorough playing right now and we'll let you know more details as soon as the embargo is lifted. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on this synopsis in the comments section and don't forget to check out the newest blog post on the Gaijin Games official site, which provides even more info on the upcoming game.

[via esrb.org]

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bboy2970

#5

bboy2970 said:

Well if that is truly all it is, this will have to be the first Bit Trip I don't buy. I wasn't exactly crazy about BEAT and that ESRB description is pretty much exactly describing BEAT.....the must be more to this game than that....

Machu

#7

Machu said:

I know others were hoping for more (which this could still turn out to be), but I personally am happy they're revisiting BEAT.

SuperMarioFan96

#8

SuperMarioFan96 said:

Well they did say it was BEAT backwards in some article thingy somewhere but I still kind of hope they do more. Don't get me wrong I love BEAT and would still probably buy this even if it were just some "BEAT backwards" kind of gameplay but I've always loved how they always switch everything up in all the games so far and never just stick with the same thing. But there could obviously be something they aren't telling us.... maybe......
Can we haz a trailer now?

irken004

#10

irken004 said:

If this is just a 2nd BEAT game, I might have to pass. I can't even beat the first one!

pixelman

#15

pixelman said:

Hmm, this almost looks like they're sacrificing gameplay for story this time around, which is a bit surprising to me.

bro2dragons

#16

bro2dragons said:

I loved BEAT. It's also still the only one of the 5 I've beaten. Still... I have to say I am a little disappointed... but after reading that EGM preview, I'm still crazy excited for it, and strangely probably MORE excited for it than I have been for any of the others. It'll be a day one download for me.

Odnetnin

#17

Odnetnin said:

@pix Sacrificing gameplay for story? I dunno, but it seems like they're certainly focusing on story.

Linkuini

#18

Linkuini said:

Oh, please. Do you all really think Gaijin Games would cap off the series with something as simple as a mirrored version of its first installment? I have a feeling that we'll be surprised and very confused when more details emerge. ;)

HipsterDashie

#20

HipsterDashie said:

I'm sure, as LegendofPasta99 said, that Gaijin will have included some sort of twist that makes it more than simply BEAT 2. We will have to keep an eye on this one. ;)

Simon_Deku

#21

Simon_Deku said:

Maybe Flux is some bonus levels that were cut out of beat? Like the lost bit trip levels? But I'm not suprised, if I worked at gajin I would have a hard time topping fate. :P

ASDFGHJKL

#22

ASDFGHJKL said:

It looks to me like this has a metaphoric meaning. "looking back at our past and remembering our beginning" or something." Im sure like always it will be great.

invmat

#26

invmat said:

Did nobody read this?:
http://www.gaijingames.com/?p=1992

It contains more information than just the way you play the game. It's some kind of BIT.TRIP BEAT sequel with checkpoints (like VOID). There are 3 "chapters" (probably tracks...). FLUX is not the end for BIT.TRIP. FLUX is going to be released late January / begin February (in NA, so EU will probably get it later).

WolfRamHeart

#28

WolfRamHeart said:

If this game turns out to be just more BEAT then this will be the first Bit. Trip game that I will probably pass on. I'll just wait for the review on this one.

CorbsAdmin

#29

Corbs said:

Good catch invmat. You are correct! And there are some big gameplay twists in this one that sets it far apart from the original BEAT. :D And it's HARD, even with checkpoints. :D

SuperMarioFan96

#32

SuperMarioFan96 said:

"And there are some big gameplay twists in this one that sets it far apart from the original BEAT."

Yes! I mean, I loved BEAT, but I love how each Bit.Trip game has been something new, gameplay-wise. Thanks for the heads up Corbs, even if you can't tell us what those twists actually are. ;)

Sneaker13

#33

Sneaker13 said:

I think the Bit Trip serie is greatly overrated. So far Flux isn't doing anything to get me excited about it. Just have to wait and see.

Odnetnin

#35

Odnetnin said:

Haha thanks Chicken (in your guys' defense it didn't show up as a link for some reason).

@Corbs Big gameplay twists, yummy!

It's kind of disturbing that even if this game turns out to be merely a backwards BEAT sequel or something worse I know I'm still buying it day one.

TheNewestBooM

#36

TheNewestBooM said:

oh for the love of.. ANOTHER one? really? is it at all necessary? this series is milked more than mario! im not buying this or anything else bit trip related on principle alone.

give it a break people! the gameplay in all of them sucks, it looks like garbage, and u overcharge the @#$% out of each one as it probably takes u 6 months to develop each!

GARBAGE.

theblackdragonAdmin

#37

theblackdragon said:

@TheNewestBoom: they're not milking anything... they said when they released the first game in the series that there would be six bit.trip games total. also, one man's GARBAGE is another man's treasure... don't like 'em? no one's forcing you to buy 'em. :|

Bassman_Q

#38

Bassman_Q said:

Well... gotta wait for that review, cuz so far it doesn't seem very exciting. To end the series similarly to how it began... that is indeed interesting and clever, but it doesn't seem to mix up the gameplay enough to pique my interest.

But, again I gotta wait for the review to see for sure. :)

KDR_11k

#39

KDR_11k said:

I wonder if that has something to do with Beat being the only one that has been ported to other platforms...

SuperMarioFan96

#40

SuperMarioFan96 said:

"The gameplay in all of them sucks"

Which is an opinion...... I find the Metroid Prime games boring but I don't go around Metroid Prime forums/new stories stating my opinion as fact. Some of us here find the Bit.Trip games to be brilliant. tbd already covered the "milking" comment.

bboy2970

#41

bboy2970 said:

I somewhat agree with TheNewestBooM. The first 3 Bit Trip games were quite meh to me but I stuck with them anyway. RUNNNER and FATE after them were fantastic and I was happy the series was finally picking up for me. Now news like this.....makes me not so happy. It looks like it has more in common with the first 3 than the last 2. And I am getting a little tirewd of all the praise because this series is just a smidge overrated by many folks here. Unfortunately, I will very likely be getting this on launch because I have the first 5 and would want the whole series.

Odnetnin

#43

Odnetnin said:

@TheNewestBoom OK so TBD and SuperMarioFan have already covered everything, but as a BIT.TRIP fanboy I am obligated to respond to your comment as well. A few things:

I don't call it "milking" when each entry in the series is, up til now, at least, completely different from its counterparts. Gaijin very well could of done a few more BEAT sequels just to make a couple of bucks instead of doing something different with every game, meaning that someone like bboy here who didn't enjoy the first few games could enjoy the latest two.

Oh, and this sixth game pretty much is necessary considering the fans want to know the end of the story and to finish the series, even those who do it merely for collection's sake, such as bboy.

Obviously what you said regarding the quality of the series is merely an opinion, as my intense love for it is also a mere opinion.

Assuming you realize that, it's still quite a stretch to call them overpriced since they are $6 or $8 each, which is dirt cheap in comparison to most games nowadays. And actually, it only took them three months to develop RUNNER, which is easily one of my favorite games of all time. I consider that quite the accomplishment for a three-man team of vegans to create anyone's favorite game (and for that matter, series) in such a short span of time, don't you?

Oh, and echoing TBD: TREASURE.

TheNewestBooM

#44

TheNewestBooM said:

yall are right - no one s forcing me to buy them, but that doesnt mean i cant have an opinion. and negative opinions shouldnt be scorned; its feedback like mine that makes people strive to better themselves.

$40, at least, for a quickly made series isnt worth it. im not spending near retail new release prices for a series of games that can be completed in a matter of days. i dig quality as much as anyone else, but quantity definitely bears weight on my purchases.

kudos to the three vegans for making a game that has a captive audience, but we all know they have super powers (scott pilgrim says hi) so it isnt too far a stretch to assume theyre controlling ur minds through media. i know, my words are like a bucket of water on your sleeping faces, but it had to be said.

OnionOverlord

#46

OnionOverlord said:

@TheNewestBoom

I don't think it's your opinion people here have a problem with, so much as your arrogant tone and "Matter of fact" attitude. Rather than being reasonable and simply saying "The Trip series isn't my cup of tea" or something to that extent, you proceed to rag and hate on it, even outright saying "it sucks". That isn't going to win you any points with anyone.

theblackdragonAdmin

#47

theblackdragon said:

oh noes, they're controlling us through media? and to think i just got rid of the tin-foil hat in my icon. will my vicious case of hat-hair never feel relief? :O

seriously though, TheNewestBooM, we get that you don't like 'em, but you're not making any converts here.

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