The game is set in a picturesque seaside town, which is introduced to us in the cinematic opening. The art and animation are flawless, matched by atmospheric guitar riffs and the soothing sound of the ocean. The anime-style introduction plays each time you open the app, but can be skipped immediately by tapping the screen.
Whilst the controls for the game are intuitive and easy to learn, I must admit that I was confused for a while about the third type of note - white squares that you tap and hold. The tutorial didn't make it very clear how they differed from the other note types. However, it was easy enough to figure out within the first few songs.
One particular feature I love about the game's design is how well the 'rails' which the notes slide down are incorporated into each song. Rather than being a bland, immobile line, each rail changes colour, moves around and dances along in accordance with the music. It serves to make each piece far more unique and surprising.
Unlike Deemo, in which the story advanced solely based on the number of points you accumulated, VOEZ gives you specific tasks to complete. For example, playing a certain number of songs or reaching a target score. With each completed task, pictures and messages are unlocked in the 'Diary'. This provides a great motivation for challenging yourself in order to advance the plot. On the downside, some of these tasks require lots of practice and patience. Plus, as understandable as it is, forcing the user to purchase extra songs using the rarely obtained 'key's, in order to complete a quest, is frustrating.
Overall, VOEZ is certainly worth downloading. Even if you don't want to compete on the leaderboards or finish every quest, the game is fun and lovingly made. Relaxing or intense, it's up to you how to play.
Currently, VOEZ is available on the App Store and Google Play for free.