Moving beyond this though, players will find that LOUD On Planet X pits them into the shoes of one of Canada’s current crop of alternative bands, transported to an alien planet by an unknown species seemingly hell bent on their obliteration. Using the one weapon at their disposal, their music, the bands fight back and that, if you hadn’t already figured out, is where you come in. The plot is a tad flimsy at best, but it’s not really of any consequence, what it does do is set up a rhythm-action/tower defence mash-up that sees the action play out on a screen divided into five lanes along which aliens manoeuver their way towards a stage fronted by the band’s speakers. Your job is to wipe them out before they can destroy the speakers, simple right?
Now, whilst I have already put down the soundtrack a bit (sorry), there can be no doubting that it’s certainly an eclectic mixture of artists, some will likely hold more appeal than others, but on the whole, it’s a fairly strong showing from the likes of CHVURCHES, Purity Ring, METZ and many, many more who each contribute two songs to round out the twenty-eight song score. The visuals on the other hand are much more streamlined, minimalist and functional, they’re hardly going to entice players in on their own, but there’s certainly no denying that watching the animated versions of the bands bob along to the beat, along with the screen clearing special attack manage to add a nice, and most welcome level of panache to the graphics as a whole. Besides, that isn’t really why you’re reading about this is it?