The Metronomicon mixes beats with “beat downs,” because why not?

Published On March 30, 2016 | By Kirk Hiner | Macintosh

Listen, we can’t cover every Mac/iOS related press release we get. That may have been possible before the advent of digital downloads and the iPhone, but Apple gaming is a legitimate thing these days no matter to what ancient belief your PC friends choose to cling.

But when a game like The Metronomicon crosses the wire, we have to take a look, because it looks like this:

Seriously, that fellow in the purple vest? Put some more weight on him and remove some hair and that’s pretty much me at my annual Shonen Knife concert. Dude’s got all my moves, in not my wardrobe.


If you can’t figure out just what the hell’s going on in the trailer, well…neither can I. Thankfully, the press release helps:

Packing in a fully-fledged story mode with a colorful cast of musically-empowered heroes and villains, The Metronomicon sees you take control a party of eight newly graduated masters of the “rhythmic combat arts” to wage musical warfare against a multitude of dance-mongering fiends. By switching between four concurrent hero-controlled tracks on-the-fly, you’ll select and activate a wide array of abilities, spells, buffs and nukes with your button timing and rhythmic prowess critical for ensuring the effectiveness of your moves. In true RPG spirit, you’ll need to journey through a variety of worlds to improve your characters’ stats, hunt down powerful equipment, and earn new skills.

The Metronomicon soundtrack features a bunch of artists I’ve never heard of because I’m well outside the target demographic for a game such as this, including an exclusive track from Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, an unreleased track from Shiny Toy Guns, and more from YACHT, Perturbator, J-Punch, DJ CUTMAN, and more. As for gameplay, The Metronomicon will offer a freeplay mode, ranked side quests, and, of course, an arena.

PAX East attendees this April will be able to try out the game and participate in daily contests in the main hall at booth #11221. The rest of us will have to wait until its Mac release via Steam later this year. In the meantime, more information is available at

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