Ever since a slew of new APIs found their way into the latest version of Apple's iOS, the one that we've been waiting for somebody to really take advantage of is the ability for applications to finally be able to tap into the music library of the device itself. We even dreamed of the classic Audiosurf making its way to iPhone in a post from early last month. With the success of rhythm games in the past few years, and especially the Tap Tap Revenge series on iPhone, gamers have been clamoring for a similar game that they can play using their own music. Enter Tapic [99¢], the first game (that I know of) that creates a tapping chart directly from a song in your music library for you to play with. Tapic attains various levels of success in what it sets out to do, but it's far from perfect. Still, it's a novel use of the new API and is pretty fun in its own right.

The interface used in Tapic is simple to use. Choosing Play from the main menu brings up all the songs from your music library. After selecting a song Tapic will create a note chart for it, which takes about 10-20 seconds, and next you'll choose which difficulty to play it on. The harder the difficulty, the faster the notes come barreling towards you down the lanes. Choosing More Songs from the menu allows you to select a bunch of songs at once and have them prepared in advance for playing. Depending on how many songs you choose this can take a quite a few minutes, but allows you to play from songs in your playlist in succession without waiting for each one to create a chart in between.

The game can be played in portrait or landscape mode, although landscape must be purchased and unlocked using collected in-game coins (or by buying them with real money as IAP). Portrait uses three lanes of notes to tap along with, and landscape uses five. The game is at its best in landscape mode, and it's annoying that this must be unlocked rather than available from the start. Portrait is still ok, and it's a good way to get acclimated with playing Tapic, but landscape is where I spend most of the time playing. Different themes can also be bought using the game currency for both portrait and landscape mode, adding some graphical variety to the backgrounds.

The presentation and functionality of tapping the notes all work extremely well in Tapic, but it's the actual chart generation that fails to really impress. It doesn't ever feel like the notes jive with the song in a meaningful way as they rarely sync up properly, and when they do it mostly just feels like a coincidence. Some songs fared better than others while testing out the game, but overall you really feel like you're just playing an unrelated tapping game while listening to your favorite tunes. In my experience, and the general consensus of gamers in our forums, is that hip-hop and techno music gives the best results, while rock and metal generally don't.

The funny thing about the chart generator is that even though it's somewhat lacking, Tapic is still can be fun. I found myself continually wanting to keep playing, even though it didn't really feel like my performance had any impact on the song that was being used. I just can't help but feel like if the developer can improve this aspect of the game, which they have stated they are working on, then Tapic could really be something special. My other biggest point of contention is having to play for an extensive period of time (or spend real life money) before being able to unlock the landscape mode. It just feels like a cheap aspect to an otherwise excellently presented game.

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  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    What's the sense of a rhythm game without rhythm.
    Tested 4 different songs of different genres. Nothing was in rhythm.
    Crap. Deleted.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    What's the sense of a rhythm game without rhythm.
    Tested 4 different songs of different genres. Nothing was in rhythm.
    Crap. Deleted.

  • revenge

    We want audio surf !!

  • revenge

    We want audio surf !!

  • SmashD

    Audiosurf FTW, indeed!

  • SmashD

    Audiosurf FTW, indeed!

  • Corey

    AUDIOSURF!!!!! +ORANGE BOX SOUNDTRACK FTW

  • Corey

    AUDIOSURF!!!!! +ORANGE BOX SOUNDTRACK FTW

  • http://www.nemoidstudio.com Nemoid Studio

    Tunes Attack (http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=52544) will be the 2nd game to let you use music from your iPod library.

    The update has been submitted to Apple and it should be available very soon!

  • http://www.nemoidstudio.com Nemoid Studio

    Tunes Attack (http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=52544) will be the 2nd game to let you use music from your iPod library.

    The update has been submitted to Apple and it should be available very soon!

  • Metalbear

    This looks interesting, but not enough to have me download it.

  • Metalbear

    This looks interesting, but not enough to have me download it.

  • Solid

    awful, tried about 5 songs and they didnt even have any rhythm waste of 59p DON'T WASTE ANY MONEY ON THIS.

  • Solid

    awful, tried about 5 songs and they didnt even have any rhythm waste of 59p DON'T WASTE ANY MONEY ON THIS.

  • Brandon

    Yeah... it doesn't really work. I've tried too songs that I considered to be beaty enough for the app to figure out. It wouldn't be half as bad if we could assign our own bpm to these kinds of apps.

  • Brandon

    Yeah... it doesn't really work. I've tried too songs that I considered to be beaty enough for the app to figure out. It wouldn't be half as bad if we could assign our own bpm to these kinds of apps.

  • MidianGTX

    I don't know why people bash this and then praise Audiosurf so much, they both suffer the EXACT same problem. The tech for doing this kind of thing automatically simply isn't advanced enough, which is why the likes of Tap Tap, Guitar Hero etc all have teams of people who spend time and effort into manually perfecting each and every note.

    • iPhone User

      And what problem does Audiosurf suffer exactly? It works fine. If there's a problem it's that Apple's APIs still don't give someone that much information on a song to be able to do Audiosurf level stuff.

      • mardas pye

        "Apple's APIs still don't give someone that much information on a song to be able to do Audiosurf level stuff."

        Wrong, that's not the reason.

  • MidianGTX

    I don't know why people bash this and then praise Audiosurf so much, they both suffer the EXACT same problem. The tech for doing this kind of thing automatically simply isn't advanced enough, which is why the likes of Tap Tap, Guitar Hero etc all have teams of people who spend time and effort into manually perfecting each and every note.

    • iPhone User

      And what problem does Audiosurf suffer exactly? It works fine. If there's a problem it's that Apple's APIs still don't give someone that much information on a song to be able to do Audiosurf level stuff.

      • mardas pye

        "Apple's APIs still don't give someone that much information on a song to be able to do Audiosurf level stuff."

        Wrong, that's not the reason.

  • Nick

    Hey... Tap Studio from Drop D Studios Inc has let you create and tap along to your own songs for months now. It even has an online Tap Vault where it grabs other peoples' tap tracks for songs in your itunes library.

    It really is amazing but it looks like it doesn't have the visibility it should if people think 'Tapic' is the pinnacle of the custom music/rhythm game experience!

    • Maythius

      Even Tap Studio has it's limits. I bought it and was disappointed... why? Because my bands are practically unheard of. I managed to find 5 songs available to play, and 4 of them were poorly mapped.

      Tapic on the other hand lets me use ALL of my songs, and I don't have to go through the trouble of mapping my own levels or wait for someone else to do it... it's mapped for me. The algorithm system needs a little work, but the game is fantastic.

  • Nick

    Hey... Tap Studio from Drop D Studios Inc has let you create and tap along to your own songs for months now. It even has an online Tap Vault where it grabs other peoples' tap tracks for songs in your itunes library.

    It really is amazing but it looks like it doesn't have the visibility it should if people think 'Tapic' is the pinnacle of the custom music/rhythm game experience!

    • Maythius

      Even Tap Studio has it's limits. I bought it and was disappointed... why? Because my bands are practically unheard of. I managed to find 5 songs available to play, and 4 of them were poorly mapped.

      Tapic on the other hand lets me use ALL of my songs, and I don't have to go through the trouble of mapping my own levels or wait for someone else to do it... it's mapped for me. The algorithm system needs a little work, but the game is fantastic.

  • Ahiru

    whatever happened to "Phase", from the original iPod video... that was simply the best in my opinion, with a slide trick as well as along with tapping... if i still had my ipod video (which is broken) i'd keep it just to play that game...

    • Yrogerg212

      Hey, I remember Phase!

  • Ahiru

    whatever happened to "Phase", from the original iPod video... that was simply the best in my opinion, with a slide trick as well as along with tapping... if i still had my ipod video (which is broken) i'd keep it just to play that game...

    • Yrogerg212

      Hey, I remember Phase!

  • psyc

    It's called BeatRider. That program did it first. Sure, originally you had to upload your music because of Apple's moronic limitation, but with that limitation removed you can play from your library.

  • psyc

    It's called BeatRider. That program did it first. Sure, originally you had to upload your music because of Apple's moronic limitation, but with that limitation removed you can play from your library.

  • Guestikins

    I've been using it and the rhythm is fine for me. I'm actually having a fun time with it. Word of advice though: It works best with poppy, kinda mainstreamy beats. It handled all the Lady Gaga and La Roux I threw in there, and it could handle some Justice and Daft Punk too.

  • Guestikins

    I've been using it and the rhythm is fine for me. I'm actually having a fun time with it. Word of advice though: It works best with poppy, kinda mainstreamy beats. It handled all the Lady Gaga and La Roux I threw in there, and it could handle some Justice and Daft Punk too.

  • http://www.zentertain.net Zentertain

    Thanks for everybody's comments. We'll improve the game basing our our gamers' suggestions. Stay tuned =)

  • http://www.zentertain.net Zentertain

    Thanks for everybody's comments. We'll improve the game basing our our gamers' suggestions. Stay tuned =)

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    Touch Dance 2 will kick a**. Check out their facebookpage!

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    Touch Dance 2 will kick a**. Check out their facebookpage!

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  • guesttt

    Can you update it for OS 3.0 and above??

  • guesttt

    Can you update it for OS 3.0 and above??

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiankney Kyle Ankney

    Whats the difference between the paied version and the free before i buy it..

Tapic Reviewed by Jared Nelson on . Rating: 3