Chime review

  • Crazily addictive puzzling
  • Wonderful mesh of sound and gameplay
  • Great music overall
  • Graphics are merely functional
  • Some less-than-stellar music pieces
  • May cause sleep deprivation

There comes a point with some games where your mastery has gone so far beyond conventional thought and hand-eye coordination that you’re like Neo in The Matrix – only able to see things in cascading green code and responding by instinct rather than anything you could describe as an actual intention. Being good at Chime is like that, but with great music by Phillip Glass and Orbital, rather than rubbish music by Rob Zombie.

In Chime, the background track is ‘built’ by placing tiles on a grid. Build a four by four ‘quad’ and the shape locks down, activating the Lumines-style sweep bar as it passes over, filling in pieces of the song. Where Lumines and Tetris are all about clearing space, Chime is about filling it and achieving as much coverage as you possibly can – completing the soundtrack and racking up a huge score along the way. It’s a beautiful, perfect concept at a pint-of-fancy-beer price.

If you’re being super-critical it’s easy to question the plain look of proceedings – Lumines has proven that it’s possible to make squares and grids pretty – but function trumps form and Chime is proving to be just as fun on our hundredth play as it was on our very first.

Like a melodious Rubik’s Cube, it’s something to toy with even when you’ve seen it, played it and finished it again and again and again.

Feb 3, 2010

More Info

Release date: Feb 03 2010 - Xbox 360 (US)
Feb 03 2010 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Puzzle
Published by: OneBigGame
Developed by: Zoe Mode
ESRB Rating:
PEGI Rating:


  • spoonofmilk - February 16, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    I don't think Chime's for you then, Onyx... personally, I love the game and the music. Perfect blend as far as I am concerned. And for the price, the game is a bargain.
  • OnyxOblivion - February 6, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    uggg...I hate Phillip Glass. Never but music taste into a review. Everyone has different tastes, after all.
  • rxb - February 4, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    Played this last night and loved it. A bit unsure whether to buy it as I thought it was a bit steep for 800msp but I was wrong its 400msp. Instant buy. Also sorry to be pedantic but the squares start at 3x3. You can even see it in the pic. ironic re captcha - the cheapest
  • KiwiCommander - February 3, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    This game looks awfully similar to Luminez

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