Last week was absolutely loaded with sneak previews of games, and thanks to the wonderfully fast App Store approval turnaround time so far this year, B-Boy Beats, Robot Rampage, and Drift Sumi-e are all available for download.

B-Boy Beats, $2.99

From our preview:

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.

Despite quite a few naysayers in both the comments of our preview article, YouTube comments, and the forum thread, this game is one of the better rhythm games I've played on the iPhone largely because of how different it feels playing it compared to the typical tap to the beat rhythm game. B-Boy Beats comes loaded with nerdcore and once you get in to the gameplay, dancing with your fingers is a lot of fun. (And even more fun if you draw some Nike Dunks on your finger tips.) This is a game that badly needs a lite version, as you really need to get a feel for the game to fully appreciate it.


Robot Rampage, $1.99

From our preview:

Robot Rampage is a seemingly endless survival game where you play as a gigantic robot armed with a super laser. Your massive robot is controlled with a variety of touch gestures. Tapping on the side of the screen causes the robot to move in that direction, holding a finger down on the screen fires the laster in that direction. The robot can also punch and stomp by tapping on either side of the robot's torso to punch, and tapping its legs to stomp. As you destroy your surroundings, a gauge in the top left corner fills up. Once full, you can tap and hold the robot to charge up a massive attack that clears the screen.

If you like giant robots, cheesy Sci-Fi B-movies, and destroying cities with huge lasers and robot fists of fury, it's safe to say you'll enjoy this quirky survival game. Gameplay is a little on the simple side, as all you do is rampage through a seemingly endless and random cityscape destroying buildings, soldiers, tanks, and other meager human defenses. OpenFeint integration should provide quite a bit of replay value if you enjoy competing in online leaderboards.


Drift Sumi-e, 99ยข

From our preview:

The game involves drawing a single stroke along the racetrack as the path for your car. You must try to hit and connect all the red clipping zones and try to make it through the course as fast as possible. After you draw your single stroke, you sit back and watch the playback in 3D as your car drifts around the corners. Multiple camera angles are provided along with drifting smoke effects. Your ultimate score is based on the smoothness of the line and speed of your run.

Drift Sumi-e is an interesting blend of gameplay reminiscent of Draw Race with a really cool looking sumi-e art style. Gameplay is simple, although it seems to take a back seat to the extremely elegant graphics as most of the game is spent watching your car drift around corners and taking snapshots with the unlockable in-game camera.

  • iPhoneGamer

    Checking out Robot Rampage right now...

  • iPhoneGamer

    Checking out Robot Rampage right now...

  • Maidmist

    Playing b-boy beats and agree it's one of the best music games. At first I really struggled to 'get it' but once you get into a flow with the moves you do appreciate the game play. Plus even though I prefer rock to hip hop I found the humour and pitch of the soundtrack complements the game perfectly.

  • Maidmist

    Playing b-boy beats and agree it's one of the best music games. At first I really struggled to 'get it' but once you get into a flow with the moves you do appreciate the game play. Plus even though I prefer rock to hip hop I found the humour and pitch of the soundtrack complements the game perfectly.

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

    I absolutely love Robot Rampage.
    What is missing in this article: Eco Punk.
    Please give this fantastic game some attention, please.

    • rich_952000

      Hey, hey again we agree YPR ;) I absolutely love Eco Punk and it truly is deserving of some TA magnification.

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

    I absolutely love Robot Rampage.
    What is missing in this article: Eco Punk.
    Please give this fantastic game some attention, please.

    • rich_952000

      Hey, hey again we agree YPR ;) I absolutely love Eco Punk and it truly is deserving of some TA magnification.

  • Mark Z

    Looking forward to Drift Sumi-e. Reminds me of one of the most famous racing quotes of all time, spoken by Graham Hill, the Formula 1 legend from the 60s: "I am an artist. The track is my canvas and the car is my brush."

  • Mark Z

    Looking forward to Drift Sumi-e. Reminds me of one of the most famous racing quotes of all time, spoken by Graham Hill, the Formula 1 legend from the 60s: "I am an artist. The track is my canvas and the car is my brush."

  • monster

    "Despite quite a few naysayers in... YouTube comments"

    Oh TA, please tell me you don't actually still bother reading YouTube comments?
    You'd learn more and have more fun hitting yourself in the head with a morningstar

  • monster

    "Despite quite a few naysayers in... YouTube comments"

    Oh TA, please tell me you don't actually still bother reading YouTube comments?
    You'd learn more and have more fun hitting yourself in the head with a morningstar

  • br1an

    Re: Drift Sumi-e video... Could the camera be farther away from the iPhone?

    Re: All the videos... Make sure all the lights in the room are on so we can see your distracting hands, as well as all that glare on the game screen.

  • br1an

    Re: Drift Sumi-e video... Could the camera be farther away from the iPhone?

    Re: All the videos... Make sure all the lights in the room are on so we can see your distracting hands, as well as all that glare on the game screen.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Loving Drift Sumi-e. It's *certainly* not for everyone (but then, what is? I'm not interested in FPSs), but it's an inspired concept, and surprisingly challenging, whilst also being curiously relaxing.

    I might have to check out Robot Rampage, but it's been a bit of an expensive few days.. ^_^;

    • JoeCanada

      Loving drift-e sumi as well ... but boy is it hardcore in it's own way! Still on the first track. Just scored 6.4 seconds, 87% line, 52 points for a rank of II ... and still it doesn't unlock the next track?

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Loving Drift Sumi-e. It's *certainly* not for everyone (but then, what is? I'm not interested in FPSs), but it's an inspired concept, and surprisingly challenging, whilst also being curiously relaxing.

    I might have to check out Robot Rampage, but it's been a bit of an expensive few days.. ^_^;

    • JoeCanada

      Loving drift-e sumi as well ... but boy is it hardcore in it's own way! Still on the first track. Just scored 6.4 seconds, 87% line, 52 points for a rank of II ... and still it doesn't unlock the next track?

  • JoeCanada

    Man ... just scored 98% line in 6.03 seconds ... and still rank II, no track unlocked. Like I said, hardcore!

  • JoeCanada

    Man ... just scored 98% line in 6.03 seconds ... and still rank II, no track unlocked. Like I said, hardcore!

  • JoeCanada

    To be clear I'm not complaining. I kind of like games that way. Finally beat it with 91% line in 4.5 seconds. ;-)

  • JoeCanada

    To be clear I'm not complaining. I kind of like games that way. Finally beat it with 91% line in 4.5 seconds. ;-)