Originally a popular Flash game developed by Dain Saint and William Stallwood, Auditorium HD is an upgraded remake for the PlayStation Network and other downloadable game stores. Auditorium combines audio and visual cues into an interesting and very dynamic puzzle game. Most puzzles can be solved in several different ways, and the game has a real feeling of creativity to it. Combine the interesting gameplay with its at times beautiful visuals and audio, and you've got a solid PSN game on your hands.
Each level requires that you manipulate "the Flow," a strand of light particles, into containers on specific parts of the screen through a number of bubbles that redirect the Flow in some way. As each container is filled up, a new music sample will start to play and will do so until each container is filled and the entirety of the music can be heard. Difficulty comes through getting the correct colors into each container and navigating the Flow around obstacles, including Black Holes.
The music used to power this puzzle game is all a combination of classical sound loops that add parts as you fill in more of the containers on-screen. After solving all the puzzles for each track, you get a screen which lets you listen to the loop until you press the X button again. Classical sounds and this simple loop format don't work especially well together, but the sounds are nice and rewarding, and no doubt a very important part of this game's appeal. It's not my favorite soundtrack (look to Echochrome for a real example of beautiful classical soundtrack in a PSN puzzle game) but it serves its purpose well and gives the game its own refined sort of character.
The images created on-screen through gameplay are more impressive, as the flows and strands of colored light you must manipulate to solve puzzles can create some breathtakingly beautiful patterns. When you have to direct spirals of light to far corners of the screen, especially while trying to balance various colors for different containers, the formerly minimalist visuals become very impressive.