Earlier this month Xeis Studio released Mariachi Giro [$2.99], a universal rhythm game that abandons the predictable set list of terrible covers of hits from the 80's and 90's in exchange for mariachi music. To say the game is a little rough around the edges would be an understatement, but the novelty factor of feverishly tapping notes and switching between the various instruments of your mariachi band to nine Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan traditional folk songs is just insane.

In the game, you take your mariachi band on the road performing at various Mexican locations that surely someone more culturally aware than myself will recognize. Once you unlock some songs, the true fun begins. A second game mode opens up where your mariachi band serenades a señorita from her window, and you're able to customize your band quite a bit. Everything from renaming them to changing their basic appearance or even upgrading their instruments. Check out this video put together by the developers:

There's a lot that is weird about Mariachi Giro, the polygon count of your band members is seriously low, and the crowd that comes to your concerts look like bouncing cardboard stand-ups. Also, there isn't really much feedback when you're hitting or missing notes, making learning the timing of the game to score well a little more difficult than it should be. Regardless, rocking out to some mariachi music is oddly amusing.

If you treasure the oddities of the App Store such as Enviro-Bear 2010 [99¢], BieberHair [99¢], Hi, How Are You [$1.99 / Free], and others... Mariachi Giro is something you need in your collection.

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  • http://twitter.com/hrgpac Héctor García Peña

    Thank you so much, the next update will issue your points!

  • http://twitter.com/porsupah Porsupah

    I'm not much for rhythm games at all, with Taiko no Tatsujin being about the only exception - but I'm tempted by this. ^_^ (And yay for being a Universal app, rather than two separate ones, with the iPad version twice the price of the iPhone counterpart!)

  • E_Domina

    Yea. i really dont want to rock out to mexican songs. (btw in the video, it says top 50 Mexico. no surprise)

  • Kapone1992

    haha well im mexican and i really dont like mariachi music, a lot if ignorant people (from arround the world) think that a mexican is always a brown skin fat guy sleeping on a corner drunk with a big hat and in a midle desert.. but that steroetypes are completely wrong im 18 and i don't like the mariachi music thought i work on a game store and i love metal and techno im not tanned i live in a big building with some american neighbors and i really enjoy talking with them....... ok i'll try the game haha maybe i could play la cucaracha perfect xD cya

  • Anonymous

    Now this is something.. ah.. different - not in terms of game-play, obviously, but the music/environment choice. I think it was a brilliant, if not, brave move to sway away from the usual rock collection. Looks quite fun - may have to check this out..

  • Troklo

    I´m soooooooo going to get this!

  • http://www.hrgpac.com.mx hrgpac

    Thank you sir! We have addressed some of the issues that you mention in this article...