Harmonix has quite a legacy: between Frequency, Amplitude, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and most recently, Dance Central. Harmonix has built quite the reputation for making games that creatively connect players with music in interactive and interesting ways. Now, the unique development studio will be blowing our minds again with an odd marriage of Disney and modern music in the new game Fantasia: Music Evolved. This may seem weird considering that Fantasia is a leftover experiment from 1940, but I trust the genius that brought us the amazing Dance Central.
In the game, not Mickey Mouse (even though he is adorable), but YOU are the sorcerer’s apprentice. Harmonix’s John Drake reveals that
It’s less about music simulation and more about music creation.
Nearly everything in the game can become an instrument. By swinging your arms in various direction in time with the music, you can use interactive parts of the scenery to add layers to the mix. When prompted by the game, you can choose whether to include a drum, guitar, etc. In a very real sense, then, you’re creating music, which is a huge step beyond what other games have ever offered.
Most of the music is modern, and the track list includes “Some Nights” by Fun., Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Like Dance Central, Fantasia: Music Evolved is exclusively for the Kinect for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. While Fantasia and modern pop music seems an odd mix, Harmonix is a studio that has consistently delivered. So play the game, and let us know what you think!