IGF 2012 entry Bicicletas: HOY is a 2D, horizontally scrolling, musical lyric-em-up from Argentina-based Videogamo. The game is so titled for the included song “HOY” performed by the rock band Bicicletas. The goal is to control the lead vocalist Julio (by holding left click and dragging the mouse) through a crazy dream world to collect the lyrics and stars. Collecting these items along the way will cause several neat animations in the background.
At certain parts of the stage will be other members of the band. Players must collect enough of the items during these intervals to free the members and have them join Julio on his musical journey.
I felt Bicicletas: HOY provided a few minutes of audio and pixelated video fun and was worth playing more than once. I’d like to see more crazy dream worlds done in this style by Videogamo.
If interested, give Videogamo’s Bicicletas: HOY a try. There’s an English to Spanish button below the game’s window that translates most of the page. Those who want to learn more about team and its game can click through.
As to why the team is submitting Bicicletas now (it shows 2010 as the year developed), Videogamo’s Maximo Balestrini stated that they finished the game a couple of weeks after the registration for the 2011 IGF was over.
Regarding the inspiration for the game, Maximo stated, “Our idea was simply trying out how it would be to play a music video that’s actually a game. While there are many games where the music has central role (Rockband, Dance Dance Revolution and many more), we found it amusing translating some of the rules of music videos to games: a track of a real record, promoting a real band [or] the length of the game being the same as the one of the song.”
To support this idea, the team decided Bicicletas should have simple rules that everyone could play and explore. Maximo added, “At the same time we wanted to create an experience that couldn’t be achieved by just listening to music or just playing the game separately, always keeping as a priority promoting the track and the band.
“We decided also to put the band members as the main characters performing the song because it’s the most classic way of presenting an artist in a music video. In the same line of thought, we chose pixelart for creating the graphics, being the most classic and pure digital visual aesthetics for videogames.”