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Now on Consoles, Invector: Rhythm Galaxy is a Treat for Music Rhythm Game Fans

Invector: Rhythm Galaxy

Created in collaboration with the superstar DJ before he unfortunately passed away, AVICII Invector is a stylish music rhythm game that impressed up a lot when it was released in 2019. Fast forward nearly five years, and here we are with Invector: Rhythm Galaxy, which essentially offers the same experience but with a soundtrack composed of a variety of artists. With its broader appeal, then, it should appeal to fans of AVICII Invector and more.

Those who have played AVICII Invector will be able to hit the ground running with Invector: Rhythm Galaxy. After all, the core gameplay remains the same, with players controlling a ship speeding down a track, hitting the displayed buttons as they pass over them. There is one minor change here that might throw AVICII Invector players off a little, though: you now need to press the required buttons just before passing over them instead, when they are encircled by a small marker in front of your ship. Of course, for newcomers this won’t be an issue at all.

The main attraction here is a campaign that has an utterly passable story but offers plenty of music rhythm fun. Songs are served up one after another across numerous maps, and players must perform well enough in each of them to continue. While most songs in the game are unlocked from the outset for use in what are essentially single and multiplayer freeplay modes, it’s in campaign mode that you unlock the remainder, and so there’s even a reward for conquering it.

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Thankfully, multiple difficulty levels are available, ensuring that making good progress is possible despite your skill level. On Casual difficulty, Invector: Rhythm Galaxy is very lenient on the whole, with only a few buttons brought into play. Turn the difficulty up, however, and you’ll need real coordination, as more buttons and prompts are introduced, making pulling a good performance quite a task. Of course, the higher the difficulty the higher the possible score you can get on any given track. And so, competitive types will want to push their abilities to the max in order to rise up the leaderboards.

The 40 tracks featured here are quite eclectic, including the likes of Adam Lambert’s cover of Holding Out for a Hero, Charli XCX’s Boom Clap, and even Royal Blood’s Come on Over. While not every track might be to a player’s tastes, then, there’s bound to be a decent number that they enjoy playing along to. As previously mentioned, songs can be freely selected in single-player mode. What’s really neat is that there’s a local multiplayer mode for up to four players here as well. Needless to say, while it’s fun playing alone, it’s better when you’re sat with friends, competing to be the victor.

After being available on PC for the best part of a year, Invector: Rhythm Galaxy is now also available on PS4, Xbox One and Switch. That means it’s also playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S thanks to backwards compatibility. We’ve spent some time with the PS4 version on PS5, and found it very enjoyable indeed. It looks great, performance is silky smooth, and loading times are pleasingly swift. So, while it’s a shame there’s no native PS5 version, it doesn’t matter all that much.

Ultimately, if you’re fan of music rhythm games and are after a new one to play, it’s very easy to recommend Invector: Rhythm Galaxy. With its varied selection of tracks, multiple difficulty levels, eye-popping presentation and engaging gameplay, it’s a bit of a treat.

Invector: Rhythm Galaxy is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. Read our full review of the game here.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!