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Game Reviewed: Voez
Publisher: Rayark Games
Developer: Rayark Games
Platform: iOS, Android, Switch
ESRB Rating: E10
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Voez was originally a free-to-play game on mobile devices that also included a number of extra songs that could be bought through the story. It was also ported to the Nintendo Switch, becoming the first game on Nintendo’s new console that could only be played in portable mode, rather than being connected to the TV.
The game’s intent is to be a rhythm game that’s aesthetically pleasing; the art is beautiful, the visual presentation of the game looks like moving art, and the music has a wide range of genres. It also is accompanied by a story, unlocked as the player completes songs and gains points, about teenagers in a band together.
The aims of the game are simple, but since the Switch is only starting to ramp up its selection of games, it’s always worth knowing if a given offering is worth a shot. So let’s look and see if Voez is worth your time and appropriate for your kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Some of the art for music involves somewhat violent imagery, but nothing graphic.
None to speak of. It’s worth noting that while some songs are in English, the game is Japanese and most of its songs are in that language.
Some of the art for the music is somewhat suggestive, but nothing that would betray the game’s E rating.
In a game with this many different pieces of music the songs will inevitably cover a variety of topics and themes, but I didn’t notice any negative subjects in the music.
It’s always a good idea to expose oneself (and children) to a variety of different types of art, and the variety of the music in this game will certainly broaden their horizons past the pop charts, and maybe even clue them in on some elements of Japanese musical culture (such as with the vocaloid songs, which are practically nonexistant in the west).
A Child’s Perspective: I have read reviews from children, and they seem to enjoy it. The easy modes are generally easy enough for a child to complete, and this is the kind of game that allows a child to work at it until they get good at it, which a lot of children seem to enjoy.
While Voez was one of the few truly worthwhile games on the Switch when it first launched, it’s not the best or most ambitious title the console has to offer. While Breath of the Wild eclipsed basically all of the Switch’s offerings on day 1, the console has gained a good deal of worthwhile games since then, and at this point with games like Splatoon 2, Cave Story+, and Mario + Rabbids, we’re not exactly searching for good reasons to spend time on our Switches.
But nonetheless, Voez is an enjoyable and remarkably well put-together rhythm game, and arguably the best available if you’re playing on a smartphone. The interface is smooth and easy to understand, the difficulty is hard enough to provide a challenge without being downright frustrating, and the whole visual presentation of the game is indeed as beautiful as it claims. Add a wide selection of music that sounds fascinatingly different from anything you’ll hear on the radio in the west, and you have a game that’s certainly worth spending some time on it if music and rhythm games are your cup of tea.
There’s also nothing here that’s inappropriate for children; some of the album art is perhaps a little risque, but it’s nothing extreme and nothing they won’t be seeing elsewhere. The game’s E rating is well-earned, and your children should enjoy the game without any real risk of seeing something they shouldn’t. So if you’re looking for a musical game on your Switch or your iOS or Android device, you could certainly do worse than Voez.