Electroplankton is a very strange games that combines music with a fresh but slightly strange concept. In this game you create sounds using other sounds and experiment with the noises you get.
In the performance mode, there are 10 different 'planktons', which each have a different stage which allows you to create your own sounds using the other little sounds already given.
In this mode there are 6 different planktons, whereby you can by using your stylus click on each plankton and then choose a blank space for them to move. When they move they create a sound..moving in short distances and long distances give different sounds.
In this mode you are given a leaf that one plankton shoots out of at any given time. In front of the plankton is a plant of six leaves which when landed on gives a different sound. In this game you can move the leaves according to what sound you want and with the different moving leaves on the plant you can make the 'plankton' bounce from one leaf to another to make some music. If your good enough you can get a good number of plankton playing at one time.
In this mini game, you have four plankton, which move by arrows. The whole screen is filled with organised arrows. You need to get different directions for the planktons to move and help make the music. Each arrow has its own sound, so as the planktons step on each one you make a different sound. Also the planktons all move in different speeds thus making a slightly varied sound even if you place them on the same route.
04 Sun Animalcule
In this musical game, you move the plankton to leave eggs which make a sound and omit sound. The distance in which you move the eggs has an impact on the sounds you will get.
05 Rec Rec
In rec rec, there are 4 fishes you move in conjuction with each other. In this one you use the microphone and record a sound into each plankton. Then you can play the sounds together to make some mystical music.
In this game mode you also use the microphone, but you clap your hands to get the planktons to move in different ways. You can then use the stylus to click on the planktons to give off a sound. By clapping by the microphone and clicking on the planktons (on screen) you get some nice gentle sounds, which form and make music.
In this game mode, you must slide your stylus around the planktons, which give you strange sounds and also a slight light shine to them. The planktons in this level are round each have a different colour. They spin, create light and give off a sound as you slide your stylus around them.
08 Marine Snow
In this mini game, you are given a screen full of planktons. You can move them and touch them in order to give a sound. The stranger your arrangements of plankton, the stranger and more diverse your sound will be. The planktons in this level look like snow, hence the title.
In this mode, the planktons look like flags. The background music is quite strange, as it is the music of the Mario games. In this mode, the sounds are also from Mario games, such as when you collect a mushroom or coins in mario. Rather strange. This is the only level, where I think it doesnt really make music but simply just sounds.
In this game mode, you again use the microphone, but this time you touch the plankton to fill its body with your voice. This mode is quite funny as you can say some words into the microphone and the plankton will repeat it but with different variations. There are 16 different shapes, so your voice can be changed in 16 different plankton type voices. Great fun.
Overall this game is quite fun, but I do find it difficult to want to play it. There are no set objectives and most annoyingly you can not save your sounds you make. If you could save your sounds, I would give this game a 5/5, but unfortunately this is a big part of the game that I feel would be benefitted if this was allowed. As there is no objective of the game, this makes it a very free game, but not being able to save also makes this game have no motivation to play it unless you are with a group of people. A good concept but would be nice if you could save your progress.
There was quite alot of hype about this game, and i saw quite alot of adverts for it. I expected a really original and innovative game, but upon playing the game, i found that i was utterly disappointed.
The game principles and aims are unclear, and is difficult to understand. The game poses different levels where you can tap different coloured shapes and they make a musical note, but it was extremely unclear what you are meant to do, chain them up and get points?
Whilst it does have a steep learning curve, it is ambient, and the graphics and colours are appealing to the senses and you are quite intrigued at what is on your screen. Simply put, it is boring.
All you're doing is tapping bits of plankton and in other modes, other things to make a sound or colour and that is not really fun. I got bored of this quickly and really just don't understand how this could be fun!
on a better note, i was able to relax whilst playing and it was really great graphically on the ds. The controls are great and easy, makign great use of the stylus and touch screen, and the music was very nice and matched well with the gameplay.
You can now buy this for around £10 at major stores, and online.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I got Electroplankton - all i knew was that it was a very unique game based on music making.
The game is essentially a collection of 10 sound toys, each starring the 'Electroplankton', that I can only describe as being.... well, tiny electric plankton. Sound toys are little interactive audio-visual games where there isn't really a goal as such, except to play with the digital environment you're presented with and create cool nosies.
As somebody who has made and worked with sound toys before, I loaded this game up fairly sceptical - how good could they be? Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.
Of the ten sound toys available, a bunch of them really impressed me - not only are they better than your average sound toy in terms of creative scope and visual/sonic presentaiton, as a bonus, you can hold them in your hand on the DS!
A good example of one of these toys is Tracy. You are given a screen with a few plankton at the bottom. Using the DS stylus, you draw a path for each one to travel, and depending on the path, the plankton will produce different sounds. You can have hours of fun playing with this, making different sounds and combining several plankton to build up rich sonic textures.
My personal favourite however Rec-Rec. Using the DS microphone, this is basically like a sampler. By tapping on the plankton, you can record various sounds that will repeat continuously. You can have four playing at once, which gives plenty of scope for creativity - although it could potentially be embarassing to play in public!
The graphics in Electroplankton are great - simple, smooth and shiny. What's ace about them is by the nature of the game, they are designed to match the sound. Any sound that is made is represented by some sort of movement or shift on screen.
The only real problem with Electroplankton is that i'd imagine it's not really everyone's cup of tea. I mean, I think everyone could enjoy playing with it for half an hour or so, but beyond that, I really think you've got to have an interest in abstract electronic music or music-making in general to get much more from the game.
Overall, as a collection of sound toys on the DS, Electroplankton is fantastic. Don't expect any sort of gaming challenge - this is more like a little creative sandbox than a game.
When i first played electroplankton i wondered what the point of the game was as there is no aim to the games. The game consists of a series of mini games each containing electroplankton in a different setting. If you are wondering what electroplankton are, well they are little creatures which have the ability to make noises and can even change shape. The different mini games allows you to interact with the electroplankton to make music. The sounds which you hear are actually really soothing and very relaxing, it is almost impossible to make anything you play sound horrible. This game is really easy to play and also i have to admit slightly addictive. You can find yourself spending hours just listening to the various sounds and trying to make up a tune. This would be a great game to play just before you go to bed as it will really make you relax. I think that this game is suitable for all ages, and it is a great way to show your creative side.
When I first read a review of this I read what you could do and wondered what on earth the point of it was. However a few weeks later I saw it on the shelves and thought I'd give it a go.
On first look it seemed like I had wasted my money. It was just a collection of little sub features that made noises.
After some playing around with it I realised that I had in fact been playing on it for over an hour and had hardly noticed the time go by.
On the surface it is nothing more than some fancy ways of making sound, but once you get past thinking about it like that, it's actually a very relaxing way to spend time. On occasions I have set up one of the features, whereby drips bounce off leaves and make sounds, and left it running for ages while I've just been listening to it. Now I know that sounds dull but there is something incredibly relaxing and compelling about it.
I'm not sure if it is truely worth the money I paid for it but if you can pick it up at a decent price it's certainly one to try, you never know it might just become your favourite way to relax.
Elektroplankton isnt so much a games but a musical plaything.
Plankton are little creatures that can maje noike either of their own making or sampeld through the Ds microphone. The challenge coems from making your own songs up from the many different plankton. Soem can be triggerred on a musicla bar whiel others can be spun or tapped to make noises.
There;s no easy way of explaining elektroplankton except, that if you like playing with music then this is a game for you.
Elektroplankton is a very relaxing experience but how long you play with it will depend on your interets in music generation!
In Electroplankton, art and music collide to create a wildly fresh interactive audio experience. Players will encounter 10 unique species that respond to their touch and voice to create unforgettable sounds and melodies. Interacting with this wide and wild variety of Electroplankton is as simple as sliding the stylus across the touch screen. Toy with Tracy plankton and listen to their music as they swim along drawn lines. Players clap their hands or use their voices to lead a microscopic synchronized swimming team of Nanocarp. There are 10 fascinating plankton to play with in all. The latest work by world-renowned Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai, Electroplankton bursts to life exclusively on the Nintendo DS. A new interactive music and media experience awaits watch it, touch it, listen to it ... and feel it. How to progress: In Electroplankton, players poke, rub and draw on the touch screen to stimulate odd aquatic plankton and create their own music. Each of the 10 unique Electroplankton features a completely different sound and visual style.