Electroplankton man's new idea

For a crazy musical instrument.

The creator of the DS music composer Electroplankton has come up with a new harebrained scheme that could be the best thing to happen to music since the stylophone.



Some love it. Some hate it. We've got one of each.

How do you review a game which isn't a game and isn't even trying to get away with pretending to be a game? Electoplankton is an oddity; a collection of little applets - for want of a better word - that allow you to create little pieces of music. And it divides opinion - polarizes it, in some cases. With the game due out over here next month on April 21st, we secured the services of regular contributor Mathew Kumar, an avid gamer, and talented young musician Jake Yapp to take a look, and hopefully give you an idea of how you'll feel about it.

That sinking feeling

Electroplankton is published by Nintendo and is played on a Nintendo DS. From this you might infer it's a game. Electroplankton is the creation of Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai, winner of the 1997 Prix Arts Electronica (Interactive Art Category) with Ryuchi Sakamoto, and has worked with the likes of Studio Ghibli creator Hayao Miyazaki. From this you might infer it's a piece of art.

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Europe to get Electroplankton

But will it be available in shops?

Nintendo has confirmed to Eurogamer that DS music maker Electroplankton will be getting a European release - but whether we'll actually see the game on shop shelves is another matter.


Long player.

Nintendo really is turning into the Willy Wonka of games companies. While others continually churn out perfectly exciting gaming confectionary (the equivalents of Yorkies, Mars Bars, Milk Buttons and so on, with the occasional Chomp or Curly-Wurly thrown in to confuse the taste buds), Nintendo seems to spend most of its time working on the kind of gastronomic peculiarities that make you convulse pleasantly, or chocolate biscuits that you have to coax out of the packet by cooing gently.