There's something special on the way to both the iPhone and the iPad for lovers of rhythm games, lovers of 8-bit retro-styled games, and, most especially, lovers of both styles all mashed up together. Gaijin Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai to bring an adaptation of their Wiiware title Bit.Trip Beat to the App Store.

One of a series of four Bit.Trip titles by Gaijin (published through the Wii Shop by Aksys Games), Bit.Trip Beat is something like a cross between Pong and Rez as an accelerometer-equipped Atari 2600 might play them. The game puts you in tilt or touch control of an on-screen paddle with the goal of bouncing waves of oncoming blocks whence they came. The impact timings of the aforementioned blocks are synched with the excellent chiptune audio track while abstract / futuristic animations float in the backdrop, both of which give the game its sort of Rez dynamic. And, it's all done up in brilliant colors and oh-so-lovely jaggy, chunky pixels.

The further you progress through the game, successfully returning oncoming blocks, the more complex and evolved the visual presentation becomes. Miss too many blocks, and the visuals slowly regress to a simple, black and white state, in another apparent nod to Rez.

The iOS versions of Bit.Trip Beat will be enhanced beyond the Wiiware original. The only real criticisms that can be found in the many positive reviews of the original are the small number of levels -- three, each with an end boss -- and the lack of an online leaderboard; both of these points are being addressed in the new versions. Aside from leaderboards, additional levels are expected to arrive as in-game downloadable content, free of charge. What's more, the original's four-person cooperative multiplayer support is expected to be brought over to the iOS versions, though we don't have details on just how that will work.

See video of the Wiiware original.

As a big fan of the Gaijin's Wiiware titles, I can't wait to get my hands on the iPhone and iPad versions of Bit.Trip Beat and hope that the studio sees success enough with the release to bring the other members of the Bit.Trip lineup over to the App Store. No price or exact release date has been indicated.

[ via Destructoid, GameZebo ]

  • Tkun

    Whoa! I'm glad I haven't bought Bit.Trip Beat yet, I only have Bit.Trip Runner, which I love.

  • Tkun

    Whoa! I'm glad I haven't bought Bit.Trip Beat yet, I only have Bit.Trip Runner, which I love.

  • CAG

    For one thing, it will be cheaper than the WiiWare version ($6). Just like things go in the iOS market maybe even Free someday.

  • CAG

    For one thing, it will be cheaper than the WiiWare version ($6). Just like things go in the iOS market maybe even Free someday.

  • http://www.soccerman.com SoccermanDotCom

    I enjoyed the Wii version. If the gameplay/controls are good, this will be a great lil game.

  • http://Wademeredith.com Wade

    I'll be picking this one uip on launch day. I love these genre benders that combine music, video games and art.

  • http://www.soccerman.com SoccermanDotCom

    I enjoyed the Wii version. If the gameplay/controls are good, this will be a great lil game.

  • http://Wademeredith.com Wade

    I'll be picking this one uip on launch day. I love these genre benders that combine music, video games and art.

  • Spamcan

    Bit.Trip Beat & Bit.Trip Void are both amazing. Hopefully Void makes the transition but I'd buy Beat on it's own for $10 no question.

  • Spamcan

    Bit.Trip Beat & Bit.Trip Void are both amazing. Hopefully Void makes the transition but I'd buy Beat on it's own for $10 no question.

  • dyscode

    really bit trippy! from 4mins into the video it starts to get really interesting.

    I will surely watch this!

  • dyscode

    really bit trippy! from 4mins into the video it starts to get really interesting.

    I will surely watch this!

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    I kinda sorta have no desire to buy any Wiiware games so this is EXCELLENT news for me. Definitely picking this one up!

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    I kinda sorta have no desire to buy any Wiiware games so this is EXCELLENT news for me. Definitely picking this one up!

  • swarmster

    I will buy all their games for whatever they want.

  • swarmster

    I will buy all their games for whatever they want.

  • http://twitter.com/saviopalm Savio

    I've already considered buying a Wii just to play the Bit.Trip games... So of course I'll be buying this.

  • http://twitter.com/saviopalm Savio

    I've already considered buying a Wii just to play the Bit.Trip games... So of course I'll be buying this.

  • JCat

    Yes yes! Loving these top tier indie games hitting the ipad/iphone, looking better and costing cheaper!

  • JCat

    Yes yes! Loving these top tier indie games hitting the ipad/iphone, looking better and costing cheaper!

  • http://appsnail.com/iphone/ appsnail

    haha love the oldschool look! gonna give it a go

  • http://appsnail.com/iphone/ appsnail

    haha love the oldschool look! gonna give it a go

  • Steve

    Graphics look just like something from an Atari 2600.

  • Steve

    Graphics look just like something from an Atari 2600.

  • webster

    Video of Bit Trip Beat running on iPad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZC4pMdKv6A

  • webster

    Video of Bit Trip Beat running on iPad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZC4pMdKv6A

  • heyday72

    I only whish they bring out runner!!!