SpaceCowboy Review
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SpaceCowboy Review

Our Review by Chris Hall on October 29th, 2010
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GROOVY
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Mix one part Elvis, two parts Johnny Bravo, and a glob of rhythm gaming goodness and you have the excellent Space Cowboy.

Developer: TouchMine Co.
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

What happens when you cross Elvis, Johnny Bravo, and a rhythm game? Well, you get something along the lines of SpaceCowboy, the most confident rhythm game in the App Store.

"Enough about you, let's talk about me." - Johnny Bravo

SpaceCowboy has you in control of the Space Cowboy, a Johnny Bravo-ish hero, on a quest to save President Omaba's daughter from her space abductors. The game follows you through various locations, from hand to hand combat on alien space ships, to outer space dogfights, to the too noisy jungles of strange planets. Each mission is lighthearted and funny (with some crude language), but the fact that SpaceCowboy has a functional story is a win in itself.

The action of the game is much like a rhythm game, but it requires a much better memory than the rest of the genre. Instead of having actions drop down towards a line for you to hit, SpaceCowboy uses little sequences that you have to mimic as close to perfect as possible. To help you out with the rhythm, there is a consistant techno-ish beat throughout (it changes every level) that you'll want to start moving your body to. For example, let's say a level goes "beat-beat-beat-right/right-beat-left," you have to match that beat exactly unless you want to take damage. Other than the game showing you what to do before you start, there is nothing helping you... no lines, no hints, no light up colors. It's just you and your memory against the enemy.

As long as you have a good sense of rhythm, Space Cowboy will be one of the best music game experiences that you'll have in the App Store. It's fun, funny, and best of all, extremely challenging. Be warned though, if you have absolutely no rhythm, the game won't be very fun and you won't get very far.

iPhone Screenshots

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