Back to the future with the 8-bit sound of ‘Spectra’

There’s something delightfully old school about the jingles and jangles of arcade video game music. And for all you connoisseurs out there, “Spectra: 8bit Racing” has something extra special: 8-bit music that recreates those retro sounds a la 1980-something.

Each course in this racing game floats in space, challenging players to stay on track if they want to stay alive, says Xbox Wire.

The courses follow both horizontal and vertical axes with pinball bumper-like hazards popping up in rhythm with the tempo of the music itself, creating a game that requires a Zen-like connection to the 8-bit sound, as well as lightning-fast reflexes!

The courses weren’t built by hand, but by an engine that constructs them using an algorithm that “reads” the music.

Keep it tuned to Xbox Wire for more updates on this addictive and beautiful game currently in development as part of the ID@Xbox program.

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Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff