Bitfinity  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Bitfinity  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Tadpole Treble PC Review - One of the best PC releases this year Sat, 03 Sep 2016 05:37:14 -0400 Damien Smith

As someone who suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the cold and wet Irish winter can be harsh. It is at this time of year I tend to seek fun video games with bright vibrant colors and humor. Basically, less violent games more happy and cheerful ones. This week, indie developers BitFinity, brought me much joy, giving the opportunity to play and review their title Tadpole Treble.

Tadpole Treble is a musical adventure game developed by brothers Matthew and Michael Taranto as BitFinity. Matthew is the creator of the famed Smash-bros themed webcomic "Brawl in the family". Tadpole Treble released August 11th, 2016 on the Wii U and currently available on Steam. It's PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS versions released on September 2nd, 2016.

It is easily one of the best releases this year. With a phenomenal soundtrack, beautiful visuals, comical moments and addictive gameplay, Tadpole Treble will keep you hooked for hours.

Homeward Tadpole

You take on the role of Baton, a tadpole who just hatched from her egg. While swimming Baton wanders too far. A pelican scoops the tadpole up and flies away. Baton barely escapes and finds herself far away from home.

And so, Baton's journey to find her way home begins.

While Tadpole Treble has a relatively simple plot, its characters are what make it special. They all have their own characteristics. Whether they are an enemy, a Frank Sinatra tadpole or a greedy bubble loving bullfrog, they are all very unique.

They are all wonderfully and creatively designed, from their appearance right down to their animation. Every character is completely different and they bring the world to life. The plot may not be deep but few games can create characters like this.

Unique and addictive gameplay

The gameplay is unique. The objective is to get to the end of each level. As you progress through a level you must avoid objects that act as music notes and, enemies such as piranhas. You also collect sparkles and bubbles for points, and unlockables and food to regain health.

You can also smash reeds for points and symbols to be hurled into the air for hidden pick ups. As you avoid the "music notes" you can build a streak of up to thirty. This streak increases the points you gain. Hitting a symbol increases the score multiplier.

Each level has a unique challenge to complete. Challenges come in the form of hitting all reeds, completing a level without eating food and so on. There are five medals to earn in each of the levels. S Rank, F Rank, all bubbles gathered, challenge fly obtained, and level completed.

While there is only a total of thirteen levels to complete, the medals make them very replayable. That doesn't even count the leaderboards for each level. You may be thinking, do the levels not get repetitive? Surprisingly they don't.

I find the gameplay to be so fun that it never get boring.

Attempting to obtain each medal requires playing in different ways too, adding to the replayability. After completing the game, you unlock concerto mode. This mode is a hardcore mode. You must complete the game from start to finish without dying and score as many points as possible. A real challenge for those looking to test their skills.

I love the gameplay  and it has kept me hooked from the moment first played it. Even now, as I write this, I am battling urges to pick up the game.

A wonderful soundtrack that brings everything together

Any music based game must have a fine soundtrack to go with it. Tadpole Treble does an immaculate job. Each of the thirteen levels has a different song. Each song is a different genre of music. That includes 8-bit music, blues, jazz and much more.

Some of the songs also have lyrics. The singing in those particular songs is spectacular. It is the brilliance of the soundtrack that brings everything together. As the songs blend in with the actual level. The sounds you hear from events taking place on screen are part of the song.

The soundtrack emphasizes the amount of work, dedication, and love that went into this game. It takes massive patience to get everything spot on and synch the level to the song. Truly, enormous amounts of love went into the game and its soundtrack.

Release the musician in you

One of the features of the game is the ability to create your own levels and music. You are given everything that you need. You simply choose what note or object you want and click where to place it. It is a nice feature for anyone with an interest in music and composing it.

I, on the other hand, haven't got a musical bone in my body. While I see how many would enjoy the composition, I don't due to being a disaster. That said, once you have finished creating a level, you can share it with the community.

A game of the year contender

Tadpole Treble is a game of the year contender for me. Few games can bring the enjoyment and cheer that this game does. It is clever. It has brilliant design both in levels and gameplay. Its soundtrack is simply enamoring.

To me, it is the video game of Disney's Fantasia. It really reminds me of watching it as a child.

Most importantly of all, from a technical standpoint, I experienced zero problems. No bugs, no glitches and no crashes. It worked flawlessly. It isn't a game everyone will enjoy but those who love music will adore it. One thing is for certain, it is a title that is sure to put a smile on your face.


Tadpole Treble is available to buy on Steam and the Wii U store for €9.99.

Disclaimer: A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Tadpole Treble releases on Steam today! Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:49:48 -0400 Damien Smith

Tadpole Treble is a musical adventure game developed by Matthew and Michael Taranto under BitFinity, in which you embark on a journey as a tadpole attempting to return home, while "playing along" with music.  The game released on Steam today for PC, Linux, Mac, and SteamOS.  Despite the launch, Tadpole Treble will remain at it's Early Access cost of €9.99.

What is Tadpole Treble?

Tadpole Treble is developed by the Taranto Brothers. Matthew Taranto is known as the creator of the Smash Bros themed webcomic "Brawl in the Family". 

In Tadpole Treble, you take on the role of Baton, a tadpole attempting to find it's way home. On your journey, you will encounter all forms of characters, from piranhas to flirtatious tadpoles to greedy bubble loving bullfrogs. All the while you'll join in, playing along to the song of each level.

The game had a successful Kickstarter campaign and released on the Wii U August 11th, 2016. It released today today, for PC, Linux, Mac, and SteamOS, after leaving  Early Access.

What are the features of Tadpole Treble?

The game has quite a few features available to the player including:

  • 13 levels
  • 30 original music compositions
  • 5 boss battles
  • Story Mode
  • Bonus content such as unlockable music, a large bestiary and game commentaries.
  • Online leaderboards for each level
  • Composition Mode that allows players to create their own levels and music.

Along with an admirable list of features, the game currently has a perfect positive review standing on Steam -- 88 Positive and 0 Negative.

Tadpole Treble is looking to be an impressive title with unique gameplay. It has an impressive list of features for a two man indie title. A perfect positive review score on Steam is unheard of. The ability to create your own levels and music is also an enticing feature to give those interested some fun.

Tadpole Treble is available to buy on Steam for €9.99.

Want to know more about Tadpole Treble? You can find my review for it here on GameSkinny.