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The ability to analyze your own music and wrap the gameplay around it makes 0-D Beat Drop a standout puzzle game on Xbox Live Arcade. It definitely borrows a lot from similar games (you might even say steals) but the demanding rhythmic component here makes the end result unique. Fans of falling-shape puzzlers like Puyo Puyo or music games like Lumines should definitely give this one a drop.
0-D Beat Drop isn't a revolutionary game, but it is a clever and fun one. The learning curve is steep for the first hour or so as you figure out the rules, but from there it's a matter of getting just a little better with each playthrough. With addictive gameplay and lots of different ways to play, 0-D Beat Drop makes itself a worthwhile buy for puzzle fans with a sense of rhythm.
When you first fire up 0-D Beat Drop, it might be hard to see past the similarities between it and all the other puzzle games on the market. Give it a little bit to tune up, though, and it won’t be long before you’re adding your own songs and putting together an experience all your own. In life, you tend to move to the beat of your own drum, and with 0-D Beat Drop, you can play to that beat as well.
0D Beat Drop isn't going to set the world on fire, or may not even be admired by anyone outside of this genre's fan base. What it does well is borrow from a proven formula and add a few unique twists that will appease fans of this style of game. I for one found it quite enjoyable, but then again, I am a puzzle fanatic. Toss in that I can import my custom soundtracks for more than just background music and incorporate it into the gameplay elements, and it is a plus indeed. For 10 bucks, the game does pass the time and can become quite addicting for anyone who enjoys games like Tetris or Columns. When put into that scenario, it seems like a great bargain... which it is!
Despite the negative aspects pointed out in this review, 0D Beat Drop really is a solid puzzle game. The mechanics and the gimmick make it a good alternative for puzzle fanatics who are looking for something different from their routine. It's just too bad that the implementation of some of those mechanics wasn't as polished as one would have hoped. Those curious should try the demo first before putting down the points for the game since there are other, much more polished and popular puzzle games available for the service.
0-D Beat Drop sets itself up as a fusion of rhythm and puzzle games, but the way it handles music doesn't fundamentally change the structure of its source material. No matter how many modes it throws at you – single and multiplayer, offline and online (assuming there are any players left out there) – this is still a easier remix of Puyo Puyo with a different skin.