Squarewave Maker is a new take on the rhythm game genre, bringing the maker vibe to music games.

Rhythm ninja or synth master, there is a place for you. Squarewave Maker is the missing link between gamers and musicians.

Join the community and be part of this unique mix of genre, music, and fun!










Squarewave Maker's motto is "Perform, Create, and Share."


Perform


Perform first of all because one of the Squarewave Maker's game design goals is to make the player feel like they are a musical performer. The music your hear is performed live by you when you play the game. The better you play, the higher the score but also the better the music will be.


Squarewave Maker transmutes your actions into music!




Create


Creation is the heart of Squarewave Maker. We're providing you with music and level design tools to unleash your creativity in this sandbox of a new genre. But don't be afraid, no prior musical or level design knowledge needed. Thanks to our creative missions, you will learn to build awesome levels and music.




Share


The sharing capabilities will be the backbone of the Squarewave Maker's community. Through the Steam Workshop, you'll get access to levels, songs, and even synthesizer presets created by the other Squarewavers.





Rhythmic Challenges


The challenges you encounter in Squarewave Maker are based on rhythmic precision and velocity. Every block, trap or trigger is bound to the quantized musical grid, so each action you take when playing is precisely scored regarding your rhythmic performance.

Choose your level, master it, and climb the leaderboard to become the next rhythm virtuoso!




Playable Music


Squarewave Maker is blurring the frontier between game and music by interconnecting them. Squarewave Maker works as a modular system where audio elements (synthesizers, audio FXs, mixer...) and game elements can be linked together.



Squarewave Maker allows you to play and build levels that are deeply synchronized with the music and that can evolve with it, giving birth to the concept of "playable music".



In Squarewave Maker, your actions generate the music you hear, this means that through your play of the game you can start note sequences or individual notes, change the sound of the synthesizer, modify filters when jumping, etc.

Play the music as you play the game!



The Right Feel


In order to minimize the latency between input actions and the game sonic response, we built an entirely new kind of engine where all the game systems live within the audio engine.

This was an important milestone in the development of Squarewave Maker because latency had to be taken care of to get a rhythm game that feels right.

Playing the game with your gamepad or keyboard will feel as good and satisfying as playing music with a real-life instrument!



Ready to take on other players? A lower latency also means a higher skill ceiling, wich is important if you want to play competitively.



Creative Missions


In Squarewave Maker's creative missions, you will be asked to solve creative problems mixing level design and music composition.

Creative missions will act as a tutorial for presenting you all the Squarewave Maker's creative tools.

With the creative missions, we will also introduce you to musical knowledge (chords, arpeggios, rhythm patterns...) and synthesizer programming to make it possible for you to create crazy tones.

Creative missions will teach you all the basics you need to know to experiment and implement your own rhythmic challenge ideas!



Audio Toolbox


Squarewave Maker comes with a complete audio toolbox for creating playable music.

  • Note sequencer : It's the standard piano roll you get in music software like Ableton Live or FL Studio. Use it to create your music tracks or import midi files if you don't want to start from scratch.


  • Audio Mixer : Choose the instruments and the effects your tune will use and mix them. The audio mixer has 8 instrument tracks, 6 groups, and a master. Each of these channels has 4 effect inserts.

  • Synthesizers : The base game will have one virtual analog (VA) synthesizer (4 osillators, 1 filter, DCA, 1 LFO, 1 EG). More will be added if we reach the specific stretch goals (8-bit synth, FM).

  • Effects : The base game will include the following standard audio FXs: chorus, delay, reverb, parametric EQ, compressor (with sidechain).



Game Editors


The Squarewave Maker's game editors are used to creating rhythmic playgrounds and putting life and music into them.

  • The level editor is used to place and configure gameplay blocks, decorative elements, music triggers, camera knot points, lights, etc.


  • The patcher is used to define the dynamic behavior of the game elements and how you link them with synthesizer or mixing parameters.




Visual Style


To build the visual aspect of levels in Squarewave Maker, you'll use block themes and playground environments.

The creation had to be modular enough to fit a lot of different level ideas, that's why we choose to go with block themes.

Blocky art is great because it fulfills the modularity constraints and also because it fits nicely with the in-game grid representing the music quantization.



To build a level, you first choose one of the available playground environments and then spawn blocks coming from block themes.

A playground environment is used to root the level in a specific visual style.

It's composed of things such as the surrounding of the level map, its skybox, the global lighting parameters, etc.

Each one of them come with its associated block theme, but don't worry, you will be able to mix themes at the same level without any restriction.


We currently have 3 playground environments/block themes:


  • The Dark Castle and its hellish lights.


  • The Northern Winter and its frozen landscape.


  • The Pirate Bay and its deadly waters.




Characters


The character set of Squarewave Maker we have created so far is spanning a wide range of character archetypes from badass pirate to grooving zombie.



We currently have more than 24 characters you will be able to play with and more to come through the character designer tier.



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