I’ve played and reviewed all kind of games, but I can honestly say that Swiss Lips Carolyn was one of the weirdest, fun and clever experiences I have had this year. Combining Manchester band Swiss Lips and the creative team at Philips Headphones, a game has been created that blurs gameplay and music together. If you enjoy gaming and have a good ear for music then definitely check this out.
Quite simply it’s part music video and part video game. Every choice made in the game affects the music, allowing each user to create a personalized music video with their very own version of the track that can be shared through a social media powered leaderboard.
Based on Swiss Lips’ latest single Carolyn, users play the game as Sam (Swiss Lips’ lead singer) in an epic sonic adventure, battling the evil Flame Gang to win the affections of his true love Carolyn. The experience combines all the retro 16-bit style of an old school driving game with a contemporary twist that lets players output their remixed track and accompanying video with dynamic 3D camera moves.
…There are multiple endings…
The video (game) has 7 audio environments composed by Swiss Lips and every sound you hear was created specifically for the experience by the band and their producer. There are multiple endings to discover, and thousands of potential remixes. The videos with the most views rise to the top of the leaderboard, so a good ear for music can get you far.
Check out the video here:
And go to the website to play the game!