Aaero is a beautiful indie title from micro-studio, Mad Fellows and combines the millennial love of arcade shooters with electronic dance music, otherwise known as EDM.
Players will travel through these exquisitely designed levels in a spaceship, navigating obstacles and enemies along the way. As they progress, players are given audible signs in the form of EDM tracks. Whether it be a line lyrics, a crescendo or a low-level bass drop, a glowing neon trail appears in front of the ship. In order to collect points and build your multiplier, you must follow this trail to the best of your ability. If you fail, the song stops, but maintain your path and the song continues at full blast.
This seems easy, but some of the songs can get a little complex, making the trails look less like actual trails and more like an EKG machine on an Olympic swimmer. On top of that, you will have enemies appearing periodically on the screen for you to shoot down, also adding to your multiplier. Be careful, since you only get 3 hit points, it’s important to take out the enemies before they can shoot their rockets at you.
The music covers a wide selection of today’s popular EDM artists, such as Flux Pavillion, Habstrakt, and Noisia to name a few. The maps you play through follow an abstract almost polygonal design, where the world is in sync with the music playing. Not often do we see a game this unique as it is polished.
Simple controls avoid any confusion during the high tense moments. The only issue would be the difficulty, as it becomes surprisingly more difficult as the game progresses on, you will need to hone your skills and learn the songs before moving on is even an option.
Aaero takes two things we love and brings them together in a unique, fun and challenging experience that any fan of EDM will enjoy.