Air Guitar Warrior is an arcade game released on the XONE platform, a combination of classical side-scroll shooting with a music-rhythmic game in rock-metal climates. The title is created by an independent Finnish Virtual Air Guitar Company studio, specializing in simple arcade games, created mainly for motion controllers, such as Kinect for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
This title debuted in Xbox Live as Air Guitar Warrior Kinect and in its original version required Kinect 2.0 to work. On June 15, 2017, however, an alternative version of the game called Air Guitar Warrior Gamepad Edition was released, designed to work with traditional gamepads.
In the game we play the role of the title, unusual warrior, whose weapon is a deadly guitar. Our protagonist’s task is to find the legendary sword and guitar, but in order to do so, he will have to break through a number of opponent-filled locations and then face the heavy metal incarnation of Zeus himself in the Roc Gods’ Temple.
The game mechanics in Air Guitar Warrior is modelled on classic, side-scroll shooting. While playing, we constantly move to the right (or in the case of left-handed players – left) side of the screen, traversing a total of fifty different levels and eliminating the hordes of opponents, such as burning skulls, ghosts of Vikings, aliens, demons and others. In the course of the game we also have to ride more than twenty unusual mountings or vehicles and face a total of thirteen giant bosses. The main difference, however, is that the game is played to the rhythm of the music played, and in order to succeed it is necessary to perform rhythmic movements (or in the case of the gamepad – to press the appropriate buttons of the controller). The main tool to eliminate subsequent adversaries are several different types of guitars, each with five different fire modes.
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Air Guitar Warrior, released on the XONE platform, features a colorful, hand-drawn graphic design, stylistically referring to the classic side-scroll shooting. The soundtrack, for which Mika Tyyska and Samppa Siurala are responsible, is also worth mentioning. It consists of nineteen original songs in the style of classical rock and heavy metal.
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