Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Guessing a song from a brief clip at the start is a concept that's probably been around for as long as music has. Guess Your Song takes that idea and uses the player's iTunes library to test their musical knowledge. It makes for a fun but potentially limited experience.
The game involves 10 rounds of brief clips of music, followed by multiple choices leading to the answer. The clips are very short so it can be a tricky affair. The harder the difficulty level, the more similar the choices for answers become. On the hardest, for instance, songs from the same artist are suggested so it's not just a matter of recognising the style of music and making an educated guess. It's an enjoyable enough experience but does require a substantial iTunes library to truly reap the benefits.
Where the replayability comes in is in the form of the challenges available. At the time of writing I was offered 968 public challenges to compete in. Some are pointless, offering the same three answers no matter what, but some are good fun and challenging. It also opens the player up to discovering new music to an extent, although bear in mind that currently it's quite pop focused.
The challenges add extensively to the fun that can be reaped from Guess Your Song. Through Facebook connectivity, it's also possible to challenge friends and even play against their musical libraries. A variety of achievements go one step further in encouraging replaying the game.
Guess Your Song is perhaps not the most attractive of games to play, with a heavy preference on adverts and trying to sell you new music tracks. There is at least the option of paying $1.99 to remove the adverts, although I reckon you'd have to be pretty keen on the game to bother.
It might not be a game worth playing for hours on end but there is enjoyment to be had through Guess Your Song. For free, it's worth a glance, especially in group situations.