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DJ Rivals Drops a Beat on iOS

Posted by Blake Grundman on March 29th, 2011

DJing as an activity is just something that I have never truly been able to wrap my brain around.  Just because you can successfully mix two or more pieces of music together simultaneously without it sounding like a garbled piece of garbage, that suddenly qualifies you as a musician?  Some would just call that glorified trial and error in front of an audience!  Trust me, I have heard my fair share of horrible DJs in my day, so when I heard there was going to be a new DJ game on the iOS, it would be safe to assume that I was fairly skeptical.

Fortunately this skepticism was quickly washed away when I heard that the newly released DJ Rivals was from Booyah Inc., which are the brains behind last year's hit, MyTown.  The game attempts to combine RPG mechanics set to a backdrop of mixing music.  Here are some of the standout features:

  • Battle at real places in your neighborhood

  • Win game cash from other players in location-based battles

  • 4 Chapters with hilarious cinematics

  • Dozens of quests

  • 9 bosses with unique abilities to counter

  • 50 Moves to master

  • 50 Collectibles to find

  • 10 Hit songs

  • Highly replayable with hours of content!

For this release Booyah will be employing the micro-transaction system that they successfully used to perfection in MyTown.  Be sure not to let the free initial download fool you, because the game will no doubt try to bilk you for every dime.  However, this doesn't mean that you have to give into this temptation, as long as you are willing to be patient and let the game develop organically.

As a person who has always been an instant gratification kind of gamer, I can totally understand why this method of sale has been so successful.  Ironically, for the exact same reason I am terrified of games like this, simply because of my lack of any form of will power.

If you are willing to proceed despite the risks and already know how to work the cross-fade to perfection, this may be just the game for you.  Give it a look and let us know what you think in the comments.


FrEEday Vol 37

Posted by Chris Nitz on March 11th, 2011

Space Dwellers:
Space Dwellers takes the real-time strategy game into space. Players will need to amass a killer fleet of warships, research new technologies, and lay waste to thousands of other players. Join up with friends and work together to rule the universe. Strategy games are always more fun when enjoyed by players from around the world.

Animal Festival:
Animal Festival challenges players with match three style gameplay. There are two modes of play to keep gamers coming back for more. Players can work through 50 stages of puzzle goodness, or they can take on survival mode and shoot for posting the highest score to the leaderboards. All of this comes with fun visuals and familiar game mechanics.

Red Bull Augmented Racing:
Die hard Red Bull addicts can finally do something fun with all their empty cans: build a racetrack. This game allows players to construct a in-game race tracks from Red Bull cans. Players scan in the designed track with the iPhone camera, and the app will build a track around this design. There is even an option to browse thousands of other track creations from other players. This brings on a whole new meaning to never racing the same track twice.

Take a step back in gaming time with Freeway. Players will choose from one of three different traffic patterns. Once the traffic is selected, it is up to gamers to try and get a chicken with a death wish across the freeway. It will take quick reflexes to get across this busy traffic. Just because this is an 8-bit game does not mean it is nearly as easy at it seems.

DJ Rivals:
People looking for some turntable battling action have a new way to scratch some vinyl. DJ Rivals allows players to battle in real locations in their neighborhood. Players can even win in-game cash for besting other local players in musical battle. There are nine bosses, 50 moves, and 10 hit songs to keep gamers coming back for more musical goodness. Please be kind too your fellow patrons and rock out with headphones though.