This is a cute game coming this week: Melatonin, a rhythmic indie that’s for all appearances powered completely by chill vibes and doodles of pizza. It is composed of miniature rhythm video games united by the general aesthetic and dreamlike themes, but in addition by an fascinating twist: It would not have the overlays you’d anticipate from a rhythm game.

Slightly than the genre-ubiquitous overlays, Melatonin “makes use of animations and sound cues to maintain you on beat with none intimidating overlays or interfaces.” It is at all times fascinating when a game throws out the conventions of a style, particularly after they’re so entrenched you would be hard-pressed to search out video games with out them. I would say that intrusive, demanding timing indicators and overlays are simply that for the rhythm style.

Melatonins minigames and environments are hand-drawn, colourful, and supposed to harmonize with the music. They actually have a unified aesthetic, drawing on a pastel palette wealthy with purples, greens, and blues.

Plot-wise, Melatonin is in regards to the relationship between goals and actuality. It’s going to unveil increasingly in regards to the protagonist, and his story, because the night time’s goals go on and hook up with waking occasions.  “Harmonize by means of a wide range of dreamy ranges containing shocking challenges, hand-drawn artwork, and vibrant music,” says the game description.

Melatonin will happen over 20 ranges cut up between 5 chapters. Every stage will introduce a brand new piece of music. There’ll even be an unlockable arduous mode if that is your jam, or a follow mode to guide you alongside and “loads of help options in the event you’re feeling misplaced.” It’s going to have a built-in stage editor, which I believe everyone knows is normal follow by now for a lot of rhythm video games, however nonetheless—customizable options are at all times a deal with in an indie.

You’ll find Melatonin on Steam, where it’s going to launch December fifteenth, 2022. You can even watch a pleasant lengthy gameplay explainer both embedded under or on YouTube.