Tag Games, creators of Car Jack Streets [App Store], recently sent us an early copy of their upcoming rhythm game B-Boy Beats. This oddly amusing game has you break dancing with your fingers to 17 songs from popular nerdcore hip hop artists MC Frontalot, Optimus Rhyme, and others.
When trying out this game I went through three distinct phases-- First off, I couldn't help but raise my eyebrow at another rhythm game, especially with how many there are on the App Store and how wildly the quality of these games vary. As I loaded up B-Boy Beats and went through the extremely simple tutorial, things weren't looking good. It wasn't until I was about half way through the first song the game has you play that I finally got it, and then couldn't stop smiling as my fingers were breakdancing up a storm.
The gameplay of B-Boy Beats amounts to keeping your index and middle fingers on the screen of your iPhone and moving them in time with the red and green circles to dance to the songs. This actually seems to take quite a bit of getting used to, as instead of most rhythm games where you're just tapping things along with a beat, you often need to keep one finger down while you move the other one around. Doing well takes an awful lot of brain power as when the songs speed up you almost instinctively just try to go back to quickly tapping like you do in Tap Tap Revenge and other games.
The following gameplay video shows me doing poorly in one of the early stages:
Once you get in to it, dancing with your fingers turned out to be way more fun than I was expecting it to be. I admit I had to look up what a "B-Boy" was on Urban Dictionary, so while I know almost nothing about breakdancing, I'm still really looking forward to this game's release on the 14th for $2.99.