Web (Flash) | Windows
Soundodger is a music-based action game, asking you to dodge musical notes that fly towards your character in increasingly difficult patterns.
Reasons You Might Like This
This is a sort of "trance" action game, similar to Super Hexagon. The player is asked to subsume any thinking part of the brain and become one with the action and the music. Thankfully, this game also has an array of excellent music from the composers of Fez, Journey, Super Meat Boy, and Canabalt, among others.
The tension in the game comes from the damage mechanic, when you are hit by a musical note then the song speeds up and skips over some of the track. You also lose points towards further songs but the central mechanic of keeping the song going works even better than the "missed notes" of a game like Guitar Hero. Getting good at this game is truly rewarding and the music keeps that an enjoyable experience through the frustratingly difficult times.
The original free web version is thoroughly excellent and can be played with a mouse or a keyboard. The full downloadable version is worth a look though, for extra stages and controller support.
Reasons You Might Not Like This
It can be quite tough, which when pared with a strong motivation to avoid ever being hit, can make this game a little bit of a bear to complete. I found the challenge worth facing to hear more new songs, but a lot of people might be turned off by the ever-increasing skill requirements.