When I saw Tapulous'Tap Tap Dance appear in the App Store tonight, I didn't get too excited. I'd played Tapulous' first rhythm game Tap Tap Revenge [App Store, Free] briefly, but never really got hooked by the original title. Tapulous followed up their popular free app with a Nine Inch Nails edition with officially licensed music.

Tap Tap Dance, however, represents a more mainstream commercial followup to Tap Tap Revenge but with a new overhauled codebase which deliver some dramatic improvements in gameplay. As a result, Tap Tap Dance earns its $4.99 price tag.

In a moment of serendipity, I was able to briefly speak with Kyle Kinkade and Mark Johns of Tapulous last night about their new game. Needless to say, they were very enthusiastic about their new game engine, and they should be.

The game engine itself is described as a brand new codebase which incorporates the use of OpenGL to provide a more immersive gameplay experience. The flexibility of the engine is best demonstrated with use of themed "boss levels" which are unlocked at the end of each difficulty level. These boss levels incorporate custom themes which take the game beyond your standard view of a rhythm game and into something more hypnotic. Johns said their goal was to create a hybrid music video and gaming experience which reminds me of the feeling I've only previously had while playing the Dreamcast's Rez. These themed levels offer a more abstract and immersive experience than the traditional tapping experience. I've included video of the first (of four) "boss level" in the embedded video below.

The game also offers an impressive list of dance/electronic tracks:

  • Justice: Phantom Pt.II (Soulwax Remix)
  • Moby: Disco Lies (The Dusty Kids Fears Remix)
  • Sunny Levine: Daylight (Morgan Page Remix)
  • Daft Punk: Technologic
  • Digitalism: Zdarlight
  • Junkie XL: Stratosphere
  • The Chemical Brothers: Midnight Madness
  • Tiesto: Goldrush
  • Soul Magic Orchestra: Compressor (Exclusive)
  • Basement Jaxx: Where's Your Head At

The new engine also incorporates some long requested features such as multi-touch and tap-and-hold steps. These additional features are layered into songs as the difficulty levels increase.

This video shows a normal level (medium difficulty) and the boss level (easy difficulty). The OpenGL effects of the normal level aren't well captured on video. And the shaking/tilting movements were difficult to perform while filming, which explains why most of those were missed. An official trailer is also available.

Fans of this genre of music should particularly enjoy this title, which we certainly recommend. If you really are not a fan of electronic music, then you may want to wait for the Christmas with Weezer version of Tap Tap Revenge which is due for the holidays.

Game Details
Name: Tap Tap Dance (v1.0.1) Price: $4.99 [Buy]
Developer: Tapulous Size: 48.6 MB
Tap Tap Dance takes iPhone rhythm gaming to the next level with its unique themed levels. The new game engine and licensed tracks add a great level of depth to the game. Fans of this genre of music should particularly enjoy this title, which we certainly recommend.

TouchArcade Rating

  • Oliver

    This - finally - looks like the first game out of the Tap Tap Revenge-universe which actually could make fun and looks great.

    Now kick the dance stuff and add some metal and a guitar hero theme, like someone did on YouTube for Tap Tap Revenge :).

  • Marcus

    I bought this game (had to go to my US store account and use my gift card money because i just can't seem to find it on the UK store) as i love the song by Basement Jaxx- WHERES YOUR HEAD AT AT, where's your head at? WHERES YOUR HEAD AT?

    Now i wouldn't obviously splash out for a single song, but the other songs are good too. The main attraction was the review here, and the added functions. It looks so bright and sparkly. And i love it! In the easy mode, there's nothing really new, just your regular tapping (besides how the light grows darker if you lose your streak). Then comes the boss track-with a brand new theme! Awesome stuff. It introduced multi-touch. Then came medium, and it's completion and the boss track by moby and a new theme. By now, i was starting to notice some lag (like in Guitar Rock Tour) which made me lose my streaks constantly, but it still was playable. Now i'm onto hard mode, where it is almost unplayable :\ it's probably because i'm on a jailbroken ipod touch 1st gen 8GB. But the game looks amazing! Anyone without a jailbroken ipod facing the lag issue should post here or in the thread, to warn you guys. (Oh right, the medium boss track introduced holding a note).

  • arn

    there was an occasional lag on my iphone 3g, which happened one big time in the video, but it wasn't a regular problem. and I've played into the hard levels.

    arn

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    great a justice single!! awesome

    #Launching itunes#

  • vectr

    "offer a more abstract and immersive experience than the traditional tapping experience"

    lol

    Like going outside, right?

  • Matthew Robertson

    Hmm. Louie Mantia's absence is clearly noticeable. Shame.

  • Jesper

    justice, chemical brothers, basement jaxx and daft punk

    fuck yes

  • Ahiru

    i still have hopes that Phase will come out for the iphone/touch... at least i could play any music in my library. i would still play it if my old ipod video wasn't broken o_O

  • http://www.razorianfly.com RazorianFly

    This is incredible. They've got it spot on this time.

  • andreas

    Will the original game get updated too? I don't like the lag in tap tap revenge.

  • smear

    they need some Crystal Method on there!

    anyone play n2o back in the ps1 days?
    it was a rhythm game with the entire soundtrack consisting of remixed tracks from The Crystal Method's album Vegas... it was great...

    maybe i'm biased since i saw Crystal Method this summer and i'm goin to their new years show in Milwaukee!

    i also saw Moby this summer and he threw Where's Your Head At in the mix.... i need to buy this game!

  • smear

    ^^^^^
    Check that, no2... nitrous oxide :)

  • smear

    I was right the first time... ignore above comment

  • f1aap

    The lag really ruines the game when your reach the hard levels. Some songs are possible but in some it just takes out all the fun. This seems to be the case with every frickin game ive played so far except monkey ball and very basic puzzle games. So much for a gaming platform...

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  • dieburnbot

    I agree, this game has a lot of lag. They tried to fix it with a newer version and it's somewhat better, but some of the songs still lag. There also needs to be more songs. You can complete this game in about an hour to an hour and a half. Not worth the 5 dollars, maybe 1.99 max. There also isn't any online play. Although I'm sure if they added online play it would suck like it does on Tap Tap Revenge. 5 minute wait times between songs and more lag. Thumbs down and boooo.