Posts Tagged Rhythm

The Rhythm of Fighters Review

The Rhythm of Fighters Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The Rhythm of Fighters can't capture the excitement of its beat-em-up equivalent, due largely to a lacklustre soundtrack.

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Alphabeats Review

Alphabeats Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tricky due to an awkward control system, Alphabeats is still an interesting combination of rhythm gaming and word play.

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Bounden Review

Bounden Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Bounden is an odd title that probably won't entertain "casual" dancers for long, but experienced (and patient) dancers should get a kick out of it.

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Melodrive Review

Melodrive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Melodrive translates songs into haphazard tracks in an intense but flawed rhythmic racer.

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Harmonix, creators of the Rock Band series, have soft-launched Record Run on to the Canadian App Store. You will likely not be surprised to learn that it’s a rhythm-based game, but in a mobile-friendly endless runner format. So, I put on my athletic boogie shoes for this edition of It Came From Canada!

The gist of the game is to dodge obstacles and make it to the end of each level, but that’s oversimplifying things. See, each obstacle is meant to be dodged in time, with more points scored and more of a multiplier boost for timing the jumps, slides, and sideways movements properly. Of course everything is set to music, and players can import their own music to listen to while they play, with the game’s levels synchronized to the music. This does tend to work better with tracks that have a consistent tempo to them: the Animals as Leaders tracks I tried didn’t work so well, but electronic tracks worked a lot better.

RecordRun-2Essentially, much like Rock Band, Record Run becomes about maintaining success in order to get high scores and the elusive five-star rating. In particular, continued success is necessary: getting and maintaining high multipliers is key. And they can get really high, I’ve seen as high as 10x, so repetition becomes important. Figuring out when to make swipes is harder once the 3x multiplier is reached, because that’s when the world shifts to its extremely-colorful mode – where the main character transforms into a creature of some sort (the first one available transforms into a flaming skeleton), and the world dances to the music. But most importantly, the indicators for when to swipe go away, and players are on their own as for when they have to.

RecordRun-3Record Run is monetized through the standard two-tier currency, with records being used for upgrades, and backstage passes as the hard currency used for unlocking additional song slots and additional characters. It will be interesting to see how well the game monetizes: when I spoke with Harmonix at GDC, they gave off the attitude that they were just jumping in feet-first with this sort of free-to-play game, so balancing everything could take some time. I expect some sort of daily challenge incentive to be added as well, along with perhaps an energy system – the game is fairly simple and would be most rewarding perhaps through a system that conditions the game to be played in short bursts. So, before it launches worldwide, it could have a long way to go, and could still change a lot.


It’s been a long time coming, but Disco Pixel’s Jungle Rumble is almost upon us!

Jungle Rumble is very much a rhythm game. It’s also kind of a real time strategy game. It’s being described as “Patapon meets Advance Wars” and I have to say it doesn’t seem too far from the truth. Controlling your monkey (or squads of monkeys) is simply a matter of tapping your commands in time with the beat. Move, run, toss coconuts, that sort of thing. The goal was to make an iOS rhythm game that allows the player to make decisions rather than simply trying to stick to a specific script or pattern.

I have to admit Jungle Rumble feels pretty good. It doesn’t necessarily look like it from the screen shots but it really does call to mind games like Patapon in a very pleasant way. I had a little trouble keeping the rhythm at times but I’m fairly certain that had more to do with a noisy show floor than anything. Still, I’m interested in seeing how it plays in a much quieter setting.

Jungle Rumble should be releasing within the next couple of weeks (probably). I didn’t get a set number for the price, but it’s definitely going to be a premium game because the folks at Disco Pixel “don’t want to monkey around with micro-transactions.” Yeah.

Circuits Review

Circuits Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Trying to remember much of anything in a day is hard enough, but try piecing together parts of a song to make a whole, just from memory?

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Approaching things differently from the rest is always good, right? That’s what the folks at Little Bit Games are clearly thinking, too. Having previously covered their efforts earlier in the year, my interest was piqued thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign they’ve recently launched.

EchoChamber is the title hoping to be funded by it. It’s described as a rhythm game with a “unique twist.” It’s a free-to-play local multiplayer title that uses positional audio to get players to follow various cues and perform gestures in time with the music. I took the time to learn more from Cody Lee, co-founder and developer at Little bit Games.

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148Apps: How did the idea for echoChamber come about?
Cody Lee (CL): The idea for echoChamber came about after playing the game SpaceTeam with friends. It seemed like such a unique and original idea and utilized your phone for multiplayer in a way that I’d never seen before. It kinda blew my mind and I started to think of other ways we could use mobile devices for multiplayer experiences that you couldn’t get on any other platform. I spent a lot of time picturing people physically standing around with friends, trying to come up with games that required that physical space, and that used the capabilities of modern cell phones.

148Apps: Why the decision to be free to play?
CL: echoChamber is a multiplayer only game, and is more fun the more people you are playing with. It seemed natural for us to release the game as a free download so people can start playing it as easily as possible with their friends without requiring everybody to commit to purchasing it. We’ll be releasing additional tracks as paid DLC for people who want to extend their experience beyond the base tracks.

148Apps: How hard has it been to implement the positional sound effects?
CL: Doing the positional audio itself isn’t too bad. It’s really just a matter of adjusting volume for the different devices to get the desired effect we want. The hardest part has been synching the playback of the track on all of the devices while accounting for network latency. If the sound is out of sync at all, the positional effect is lost, and you get more of an echo. If it’s REALLY out of sync it just sounds like garbage!

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148Apps: What other challenges have you faced?
CL: echoChamber started out as more of a Pong-like game where sound would move around and players would have to tap their screens to hit the “ball” away. The problem is it’s hard to know when the ball has reached you. It get’s louder so you know it’s closer, but how loud is the “loudest” and “closest”. That’s why we ended up going the rhythm game route. When there’s a set beat, and the ball moves to the beat, it’s easier to know when the sound will “hit”. We’ve since moved away from the Pong aspect of the game and are focusing more on an overall fun musical experience instead.

148Apps: When do you hope to release echoChamber?
CL: If the Kickstarter goes well, we hope to release some time early next year. If it doesn’t go well… we’re not sure.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until December 27, with a wide selection of backer rewards to cover everyone’s budget.

Thanks to Cody for taking the time to answer our questions. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on echoChamber‘s progress.

Pulse Racer Review

Pulse Racer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pulse Racer is a rhythm-based game where players fly along generated courses to collect notes that are synchronized to the music that plays.

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Dropchord Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dropchord is a hypnotic treat for the eyes, ears, and fingers.

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Space Beats Review

Space Beats Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Space Beats is a musical arcade game made by a musician and visual artist.

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RokLienz: On Tour Review

RokLienz: On Tour Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Games like Roklienz: On Tour are few and far between on iOS, which is all the more reason to check it out.

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Way of the Dogg Review

Way of the Dogg Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Part Kung-Fu epic, part rhythm-based fighting game and part self-promotion, Way of the Dogg is a fan-only affair, if that.

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Rhythm Rocket Review

Rhythm Rocket Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Race a rocket to the beat of your own music, while dodging asteroids. Rhythm Rocket might be a little too simple for extended sessions but it is appealing.

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Buddha Finger Review

Buddha Finger Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Somewhat repetitive during extended sessions, Buddha Finger still provides some fun rhythm gaming style ideas and a dash of personality for good measure.

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Funky Smugglers Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Play as a funky TSA agent, sent to make sure those mean smugglers don't get anything past you. Swipe, drag, and get it out of here!

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Synesthetic Review

Synesthetic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Turn any song into a psychedelic, interactive roller coaster of rhythm.

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DancePad Review

DancePad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
DancePad may be big rhythm game for a mobile platform.

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Disco Kitten Review

Disco Kitten Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Move a dancing kitten around to disco beats and avoid getting shocked while filling up a greedy friend with a constant flow of electricity.

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Sort Force Review

Sort Force Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Stay on beat to keep the sorting going in this offbeat rhythm game.

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Beatstream Review

Beatstream Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Beatstream is a rhythm game that dynamically generates levels to go along with a player's music library. The graphics are unimpressive, but the game play is fun and the replay value is as big as one's catalog of music.

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Wave Crasher Review

Wave Crasher Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ride the waves (sound and otherwise) in an unexpectedly entertaining fashion.

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Cytus Review

Cytus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A treat to the eyes and ears but a rhythm game that's perhaps a little too on the easy side for old hands at the genre.

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The top gift on most holiday lists this year is undoubtedly a new iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. To celebrate, Disney Mobile’s very popular rhythm music game Tap Tap Revenge is running its biggest holiday deal yet. Leading up to New Year’s Eve, Tap Tap Revenge is giving away a song a day, including a few holiday favorites, Grammy nominations, and hit singles from the world’s biggest music acts, including Cold Play, who’s hit new song “Hurts Like Heaven” is Sunday’s free track. Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” was Thursday’s free track.

As for holiday cheer, they’re also giving away Bootsy Collins & Snoop Dogg’s “Happy Holidaze 2012” on December 26. Other hit songs being given away for free in the holiday promotion include, “Feel So Close” from Calvin Harris, “Body Work” from Morgan Page (ft. Tegan & Sara) and The Band Perry’s smash hit “If I Die Young.” Other bands include Alkaline Trio, She Wants Revenge, Coleman & Chris, Ivy, Chancellor Warhol and The Outfield.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-19 :: Category: Games

Radballs Review

Radballs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Radballs is a rhythm based matching game that takes design cues from the great decade of the 80's.

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It’s unfortunate that we’ll almost never see DJ Hero on the iPad. It was an ideal game for such a device but as it sold rather poorly for the various consoles, it’s probably never going to happen. Still, this is an ideal time for a game such as Playpen Studios’ Skillz: The DJ Game.

Looking distinctly like an iPad equivalent of DJ Hero, Skillz offers a career mode as well as full mixing using crossfades, scratching and samples. The touch screen interface ensures that it’s simple to get to grips with and a series of achievements and unlockable venues and playable characters keeps the game fresh. Tracks recently revealed for launch include:

• Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers – “Day ‘N’ Nite” Vs. Hoxton Whores – “Friday Saturday Love”
• Mr Scruff – “Test The Sound”
• Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)”
• Roots Manuva – “Buff Nuff”
• Guilty Simpson & Oh No – “Futuristic” feat. MED
• Poirier – “Wha-La-La-Leng” feat. Face T
• Nu Tone – “Never Together” feat. Logistics
• “Stones Throw Megamix 1” featuring tracks from artists including Dam Funk, James Pants, and Oh No
• “Stones Throw Megamix 2” featuring tracks from artists including Maker, Lazer Sword and Cx kidtronic
• “Om Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including King Kooba, Andy Caldwall and Chuck Love
• “Ninja Tune Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including Blockhead, Ty, Mr Scruff and Roots Manuva

There’ll be 25 tracks in all.

Check out the gameplay video below. Skillz: The DJ Game is out soon and we’ll be sure to cover it.

TableDrum Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This amazing app turns simple table tapping into realistic drum beats and rhythms.

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Groove Coaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Groove Coaster may follow a formula of progression similar to Space Invaders-Infinity Gene, but it's a completely different beast. This time, it's all about the music.

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Music rhythm game Pulse: Volume One was a big hit last month when John Bardinelli reviewed and raved about it. However it was lacking in content at the time weighing in with only 8 songs at all, meaning less than 15 minutes worth.

Developer Cipher Prime has taken this on board and a new update for the game has just been released. This update adds four new and thrilling levels showcasing tracks written exclusively for the game. They’re an excellent bunch too, each song coming from independent musicians local to the Philadelphia area. In order of appearance and difficulty level, there’s Cooper and the Fantastic Machine with “Klokwerk,” George and Jonathan with “Tidbits,” Ghost Fight with “Veedja” and Zilla Persona with “Follow My Voice.”

It’s worth noting that these are all rather challenging for the player but it does mean a 50% increase in song numbers for the games.

Cipher Prime also promises new updates soon which should be great to see.

Pulse: Volume One’s update is available now.

For those who haven’t played Pulse: Volume One yet, it’s a $4.99 download and is well worth the asking price.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-05-05 :: Category: Games

Pulse: Volume One

Pulse: Volume One

Become a master of music with Pulse: Volume One, a music-based rhythm game that puts the player in the role of audio visual touch master!

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