DiscoTech Review
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DiscoTech Review

Our Review by Chris Nitz on January 12th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT GROOVY
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Rolling a disco ball around should be a blast. Unfortunately, this particular disco ball feels like it is stuck in a pool of pudding.

Developer: D7 Studios
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.2.2
App Reviewed on: iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Rolling a ball around a stage is nothing new on iOS. This Marble Madness type fun spans a wide range of styles providing various amounts of fun and challenge. Disco dancing can now be added to this list of mouse in a maze type fun with DiscoTech. Bellbottom pants are not necessary, nor are they encouraged for your game time.

DiscoTech is all about rolling a disco ball around various stages. Your main goal is to get the glittery ball into a landing zone tucked away in each stage. Getting to this goal is not going to be so simple though. Start with multilevel stages that require a fair bit of navigation prowess to overcome. Then add gates that must be opened to precede, edges to fall off, and whole sections that move. Each stage brings on a myriad of new obstacles to overcome in order to accomplish your goal.

The game does begin easy enough, but quickly turns into a test of rolling skill. Each stage displays completion times that will push even the best marble roller. You must complete every level to move up the difficulty scale as well. The normal and hard stages are not something to laugh at, as replaying these levels is the norm.

The game brings on a great aesthetics. The disco ball will plaster surrounding walls in color as it rolls. Stages are full of neon, basic shapes, and bright basic colors. If you have ever watched a movie from the 1970s, you already know exactly what to expect. The audio is damn near ripped right off a disco dance floor. This is a blast from the past to say the least.

The downfall to all of this rolling fun is the controls, or the lack of responsiveness. While you tilt the stage to move the ball around, the reaction of the ball is atrociously slow. I often was stuck on warp pads thanks to the game taking forever to get me rolling forward. To make matters worse, when I finally did get rolling I was on the wrong warp pad and had to repeat the process all over. There does need to be a bit of lag to help keep a feeling of realism, but this much just causes unnecessary fighting with the controls.

There is a good time in DiscoTech, but it comes hampered with some slow going controls. It is a shame there is not a free version with a few stages for people to try to see if this is for them. If the controls are tightened up a bit, this will be a great game for Marble Madness fans. As it stands now, this is one disco to avoid.


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