About Tokyo Tune Train

This is a music hack created at Music Hack Day Tokyo by Paul Lamere. It is powered by The Echo Nest. This hack was created using the same technology as the Girl Talk in a Box.

This is a game where you drive a train through the a musical version of the Tokyo Subway. If you stay on the track the music plays, make a mistake and you'll mess up the music.

The goal of the game is to drive a Tokyo Subway car through the maze of routes and make it to the final stop with the fewest deviations from the track (in my world, the trains don't stay on the tracks unless you steer them). It's a bit like Centipede or Snake, but with a train track and music integrated into the game play.

The movement of the train is synchronized to a song - with every beat of the song, the train advances a hundred feet down the track. As long as you stay on the track, the song will play perfectly, but if you miss a turn, not only will you veer off the tracks you will also veer into a completely different part of the song. If you stop the train, the song will stop and continually play that one beat until you start again. If you go backwards the song will play backwards. You can speed the train up and slow it down (which, of course, also speeds up or slows down the song). A faster train is harder to drive but gets you to the destination quicker.

You get points for good driving and getting to the destination in the quickest time. There's an adjustable headlight on the train - the brighter the headlight, the further ahead you can see, making the drive easier, but the headlight uses lots of energy, so a brighter headlight will cost you a number of points. You can also drive during the day letting you see the whole line stretched out in front of you. It's much easier to navigate, but driving during the day costs more points than (access to the tracks during the day is very expensive in my train system). There's even an autopilot that will take over and drive the train perfectly for you, but it chews through points very rapidly, so use it sparingly.

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