Sawbuck Gamer

Drop A Beat, Guiseppe!

Notes On A Schimmel

Fight back against an unruly crowd in Drop A Beat, Giuseppe!.

By Matt Kodner • March 15, 2013

Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap game ($10 or less).

I’m not sure how true it is, but I vividly remember being a kid and reading that Frédéric Chopin used to sport just half a beard during certain piano recitals. The story goes, according to me, that he would perform in profile so that his audience would never catch a glimpse of his unshaven half. Since then, the only other silly piano recital I’ve held close was that of one Monty Python organist performing in the buff. Drop A Beat, Giuseppe! looks to change that, about 13 off-key notes at a time.

You are Giuseppe Fortissimo, awful pianist extraordinaire. It’s your big night, and the audience is against you from the very beginning, chucking fruits, boots, and whatever other offensive goods they can muster. It’s no wonder too—your playing technique is to haphazardly smash the keys. This doubles as a clever control scheme. Mash the left side of the keyboard to roll left, and mash right to head right.

While the game is seemingly a simple exercise in reacting to the audience’s projectiles, there are a few secrets. All it takes to discover them is a little inventive thinking on top of an already pleasant distraction. This extra layer is no surprise given that Giuseppe comes from the same folks behind Caesar’s Day Off and The Visit, both clever games in their own right. While it might not have the subtlety of Chopin’s haughty, probably apocryphal half-beard, its keyboard-smashing methodology is just as funny.

Share this with your friends and enemies

Write a scintillating comment

7 Responses to “Notes On A Schimmel”

  1. PaganPoet says:

    I don’t know why the audience was so angry, he was just playing a Stackhausen piece, wasn’t he? From his aleatoric era.

    (btw, Giuseppe is misspelled in the header image)

  2. f’in work blocking Newgrounds. I’ll play this when I get home, as I have a hole in my heart that only absurdist flash games like Frog Fractions can fill.

  3. SuperShamrock says:

    Ugh. Indie games are the worst.

  4. Brainstrain says:

    Is Giuseppe really pronounced so that it rhymes with beat? Anyway, this looks delightful.

    • PaganPoet says:

      English speakers tend to pronounce it that way, but technically no. It should be “Joo-sehp-peh”

      Those Italian diction classes being of use finally.