January 20, 2006


"Electroplankton is an interactive music video game developed by the famous Japanese multimedia artist Toshio Iwai and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS portable gaming system. This unique software allows one to interact with animated "plankton" and create music through one of ten different "plankton themed" interfaces. This title is commonly not regarded as a video game in the fullest sense, but rather a "toy" because there is no objective, timer, or top score. Everything that the game has to offer is available from the beginning."
-Wikipedia entry

As soon as I heard the title... I thought "Yes! A videogame where you get to play as ocean plankton!" As great as that sounds, I was pleasantly dissapointed.

I haven't gotten a chance to play this game as much as I would love too, but the videos are pretty impressive. It seems like a worthy successor to REZ. I wish there was a lot of this kind of high quality content available for PCs, since it appeals to atypical videogame consumers.

I am not sure if others have noticed this, but ElectroPlankton seems to be a bit like a hybrid of "Well Of Lights" and "Music Insects" two installations by ElectroPlankton's sole designer, Toshio Iwai.

Also defenitly check out his projects "Tenori-On" light and sound instrument, and the "Sound Lens" a walkman which converts surrounding lights into sound.


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