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.

  • WiseWeasel

    /me goes to change the definition of B-boy on urbandictionary.com... We should all agree on a fake meaning for that term, so it looks more legitimate.

  • WiseWeasel

    /me goes to change the definition of B-boy on urbandictionary.com... We should all agree on a fake meaning for that term, so it looks more legitimate.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    I don't see any breakdance in this game...
    It's a "hit this button, please" game...
    No breakdance atmosphere at all.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    I don't see any breakdance in this game...
    It's a "hit this button, please" game...
    No breakdance atmosphere at all.

  • Chad

    They need to realize your fingers block the screen this way. Not fun.

  • Chad

    They need to realize your fingers block the screen this way. Not fun.

  • Achy

    Does not seem fun. It's hard to see as your fingers block the whole screen, and the whole "i messed up so I need to go through the get ready screen" seems reall annoying. I can see how it could be a must but still annoying. Almost seems like you need to memorize the beats.

  • Achy

    Does not seem fun. It's hard to see as your fingers block the whole screen, and the whole "i messed up so I need to go through the get ready screen" seems reall annoying. I can see how it could be a must but still annoying. Almost seems like you need to memorize the beats.

  • iPodder2010

    I'm sure the devs realized your fingers block the screen - wouldn't release a game that's total cr*p and unplayable. Should wait to see reviews before making stupid assumptions.

    Looks fun plus nice music too...

  • iPodder2010

    I'm sure the devs realized your fingers block the screen - wouldn't release a game that's total cr*p and unplayable. Should wait to see reviews before making stupid assumptions.

    Looks fun plus nice music too...

  • Paul@tag

    Whilst it may look hard to see the screen in that video you'll see from the text Eli got the hang of it pretty quickly and really enjoyed the game. It's true the game has a difficulty curve, but once it clicks and you get your groove on you won't be looking back!

  • Paul@tag

    Whilst it may look hard to see the screen in that video you'll see from the text Eli got the hang of it pretty quickly and really enjoyed the game. It's true the game has a difficulty curve, but once it clicks and you get your groove on you won't be looking back!

  • Dave

    Looks Dope!

    As in, I'll look like a dope if people ever see me playing this game. Sorry but it looks really lame. Like DDR on downers.

  • Dave

    Looks Dope!

    As in, I'll look like a dope if people ever see me playing this game. Sorry but it looks really lame. Like DDR on downers.

  • Kat

    Just completed the game and I love it. The moves really go with the nerdcore soundtrack, which is awesome. Your fingers can get in the way to start with but you quickly get the hang of it and it's not a problem.

  • Kat

    Just completed the game and I love it. The moves really go with the nerdcore soundtrack, which is awesome. Your fingers can get in the way to start with but you quickly get the hang of it and it's not a problem.