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Description

Before the Echo is a mashup of the rhythm and RPG genres. You play as Ky, a young man who wakes up one day to find himself in a tower filled with vicious monsters. The voice of a woman, Naia, serves as his guide through the seven-story tower. Ky will have to fight many monsters, including guardians, to make his way to the top. As Ky makes his way through the tower, the truth behind what's really going on will slowly be revealed..

Much like a traditional RPG, the player will battle enemies in order to gain experience and become more powerful so he can fight increasingly stronger enemies. However, instead of traditional battle mechanics, every battle plays out as a rhythm game. You have three windows of arrows to keep track of simultaneously. In the Mana window, you hit arrows to build up mana to cast spells. in the defense window, you hit the arrows that come down to avoid attacks from the enemy character. The spell field is where you attempt to cast a spell, which is also the only way you can damage your opponent. Screw up the sequence of arrows here, and you'll have wasted your mana on a useless spell. The player switches between all three fields until the monster is dead.

In addition to the battle mechanics, there are also crafting and spell-learning systems. Crafting uses your experience points and item drops you have earned in a luck-based system. Spell learning plays much like a traditional rhythm game, as you are given one arrow field to play in.

The game has a soundtrack by Ronald Jenkees and DJ Plaeskool, in addition to fully voice-acted cutscenes.

Screenshots

Before the Echo Windows Battle Won!
Before the Echo Windows It's not challenging to select the level of challenge.
Before the Echo Windows Main Menu
Before the Echo Windows Ky, our protagonist.

Promo Images

Before the Echo Concept Art Environment Artwork by Wendi Chen
Before the Echo Screenshot
Before the Echo Screenshot
Before the Echo Concept Art Character Design by Wendi Chen

Alternate Titles

  • "Sequence" -- Initial release title

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Critic Reviews

Bit-Tech Windows Nov 07, 2011 100 out of 100 100
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 May 06, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Spazio Games Windows Dec 29, 2011 8.1 out of 10 81
Edge Xbox 360 May 09, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online Windows Feb 06, 2012 79 out of 100 79
RPGFan Windows Jun 19, 2012 72 out of 100 72
IGN Windows Nov 03, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpot Windows Nov 22, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox 360 May 27, 2011 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

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On 31st March 2015 the developer announced Sequence was renamed Before the Echo. The change was prompted due to a legal claim by Jax Ltd., who have the rights to a cardboard game called Sequence.
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