Soundodger: Music as Minimal Arcade Game

June 20, 2013 | Andy Cush

Here’s a wonderful little distraction for your Thursday afternoon: Soundodger, a free, arcade-style web game from Adult Swim. It’s a bit like Asteroids, putting you in control of a circular little “ship” whose sole purpose is to dodge the flood of debris that’s constantly flying at it. Unlike that arcade classic, however Soundodger doesn’t give you a gun to defend yourself, and its flying enemies are synced to whatever song is soundtracks the level you’re playing (including music by Disasterpeace, the game-savvy composer who brought you Januarythis serenely wintry 8-bit game). Soundodger doesn’t have quite the high-minded artfulness of Will Love Tear Us Apart?, the last music-based game we checked out, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun.