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What kind of underground DJ will you be?
Lounge Lord puts you in the DJ’s booth at an exclusive hipster dance club. You have a wide array of tools at your disposal to create the kind of music that makes people dance. Or not. You could just up the tempo and blast the air horn.
As the developer puts it, Lounge Lord is not really a game, but more of a musical toy. In truth, you could be completely tone deaf and the effects of the game would be the same. The crowd will jump and bump along to whatever tempo you set, speech popping above their heads about how fresh and new the sound you’re making is.
There seems to be two types of way to play Lounge Lord. The first is to simply enjoy the toy. Music is generated by moving the arrow over several brightly colored keys, or pressing a variety of keys on your own keyboard. The later sets up a drum machine, allowing for consistent background noise to your jam. It’s an effective toy, and the constant positive feedback makes it feel light and fun. The graphics are well designed and attractive, and for a game generated in a weekend, it has a certain level of polish.
If you want to look, there’s certainly room for a commentary on underground clubs and the desire to “find” that new sound, whether or not it’s actually enjoyable. After all, no one would really enjoy listening to the sounds of an air raid siren for thirty minutes at a break neck pace, punctuated by brief bursts of drum machine like a braying mule. These hipsters, in their colorful clothing and sly hair clearly don’t know what good music sounds like. They clap and rave no matter what sounds you produce. In that, there is a comment about creation, about taste, and about the nature of hipster culture.
Either way you play, it’s an interesting toy. You can play the whole game at the Ludum Dare site. You will have to download the game.