September 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Slick Color-Matching Eccube Bases Gameplay on Music’s Characteristics

techcrunch disrupt sf hackathon eccubeThe only music-oriented hack to win a TechCrunch award at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon, Eccube turns any song into an incredibly slick-looking three-dimensional arcade game.

“It’s a color-matching action puzzle game that uses the pitch, timbre, and amplitude of the music analyzed by the API,” explained Ryan Alexander, who co-developed Eccube with Michael Chang.

“When four or more of the same color blocks are placed, they become destroyed… destroying a white box will give you points, and a box falling off the center will lose you points,” he added. “We use The Echo Nest API to turn any song into [one of these games].” (The Echo Nest publishes Evolver.fm.)

In the demonstration, Eccube’s animation was remarkably smooth, and the gameplay is fast-paced. We look forward to playing around with the release version.

Read about all of the music hacks from the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon.