Activision’s latest mash-up music game didn’t exactly light the world on fire. While it was generally well-reviewed, “DJ Hero 2” only moved 59,000 units in its debut month. The weak response probably signals fatigue with the music game genre and not this game in particular. Still, the “DJH2” soundtrack leaned heavily on modern, glossy dance pop, which might have made the whole thing look too middle-of-the-road for potential buyers.
Pixel Force’s “DJ Hero” de-make won’t have that problem. Made by garage developer Eric Ruth, the retro game approximates what the beat-matching gameplay of the “DJ Hero” games would look like the days of the NES and SNES systems. Ruth also got lots of internet love for de-makes of co-op zombie shooter “Left4Dead,” too. But, this new game diverges from the one that inspired it, mostly by way of its spot-on 1980s soundtrack. Fair warning before watching the trailer below: That chiptune mash-up of “We Will Rock You” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” will stay in your head all day.
“Pixel Force: DJ Hero” is a free download and is available now at ericruthgames.com. [http://www.ericruthgames.com/]