Dub Dash review
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Dub Dash review

Our Review by Campbell Bird on October 22nd, 2015
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RHYTHMIC RIDE
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This rhythm game is equal parts punishing, satisfying, and replayable

Developer: Headup Games

Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Rhythm games don't always seem ideal on mobile. The constant attention these games demand can make tapping out complex note or beat patterns difficult while on the go, not to mention the ever-present need for headphones and/or a quiet space.

Despite that, games like Dub Dash do come along every so often, and I'm always happy to check them out, especially when they are a neon crazy technoland of rhythm awesomeness.

Can't touch this

In Dub Dash, players control some sort of vehicle as is rolls and flies through one of the eight game levels, all of which are set to drum-n-bass style electronic music.

In each of these courses, players have to tap to avoid spikes and walls in a variety of different perspectives, all of which play like their own little mini-game. If players make any tiny mistake and hit a spike, the level ends, and players have to restart from the beginning.

As demanding as this might sound, Dub Dash is actually pretty brilliantly designed so that its punishing nature doesn't feel overly unfair.

Upon messing up a run, Dub Dash immediately restarts players at the beginning, which is slightly disheartening, but much more preferrable to doing something like navigating a menu to hit restart.

The bottom line

This demanding difficulty and instant restart feature are really what make Dub Dash a great mobile rhythm game. It gives everything a much more fiercely compelling feeling since learning each level is challenging, satisfying, and instantly replayable.

By the time players complete levels, they've essentially taught their fingers to dance, which is exactly why Dub Dash is my kind of rhythm game.

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