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Developer: Item Factory Studio
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

The plastic instrument bubble may have seemingly burst but that hasn’t stopped smaller, simpler rhythm games from continuing to survive. In fact, small and simple are two of the most apt descriptions of Sort Force. It’s got a weird look, sure, but beyond that its as basic as rhythm games get.

In Sort Force, four different icons scroll towards the top of the screen and the player’s job is to tap them to the rhythm of the song. Unfortunately, despite only requiring one kind of input, the game has some control annoyances. Standard tapping is fine as is tapping two icons at once but occasionally the game asks one to do more than that which is less than ideal on such a small screen. Luckily, the difficulty level is pretty low.

The songs themselves though, while not spectacular, are at least catchy. Their techno sounds are charming and exuberant in a classic video game sort of way. The game is broken up into five worlds each with their own song the player must complete. After finishing each song once they will all then be available for free play. Five songs may not sound like much but when compared to the game’s price, as well as to the price of individual songs in bigger rhythm games, the smaller soundtrack seems more reasonable.

Sort Force also has some truly bizarre visuals. The natural environments, like deserts and jungles, which make up the playing field backgrounds, look fine and the sorting factory has a nice cartoon bounce to it. However, the icons themselves are a random mix of red gems, broken and unbroken circles and something that looks like a cantaloupe. Plus, the transition between menus looks like the shutter of a camera lens made of animal claws. It’s that weird.

Aside from some nutty graphics, Sort Force is as standard as rhythm games can be. It’s perfectly serviceable in an off-brand cereal kind of way. However, those looking for something more complex or exciting might want to look somewhere else.

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