Category Archives: Music / Rhythm

'Arranger' Review - A Musical Journey That Shouldn't Be Missed

How to explain Arranger [$0.99]? It doesn't quite fit into any bucket I'm familiar with. It's a mini-game collection, a classic adventure and a music game all rolled into one strange-looking package, each part coming together into a surprisingly cohesive whole. It's about using the power of music to help people, but also about solving the strangest of problems. It features boss battles that involve shooting brains with musical instruments while emotional defenses try to stop you. It's quirky, yes, but also immensely loveable...

Reflec Beat + [Free] feels like the Tron equivalent to a one- or two-player rhythm battle game. You're not zooming on bikes, but all the flashing neon, the flinging of note-pucks, and high-energy music makes each round feel like the stakes are high and that the winner painfully earned their survival. This is how you do touch-based rhythm games, on the iPad, anyway...

'Bad Hotel' Dev Announces 'Wave Trip'

Bad Hotel creator Lucky Frame has announced its next game, Wave Trip. It's a "two-button, arcade-style" sandbox title that'll revolve around music and task users with making their own content in addition to "saving their friends" as they play...

Confirmed: the re-imagining of Karateka is coming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this month, according to a press release. That settles the issue of if it's coming, at least...

Considering Square Enix's recent foray into music rhythm games, I admit I was a bit surprised to see something as standard as Symphonica [Free / Free (HD)] hit the App Store. However, just because it conforms to genre norms doesn't make Symphonica necessarily bad. In fact, with its emphasis on classical music and easy controls I'd say this music game is pretty enjoyable, though a superfluous story and a somewhat lacking song selection are the biggest detractors holding Symphonica back...

Almost a year ago to the day, at last year’s Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced a card battling game called Demon’s Score. Well, at least that’s what we thought at the time, but thanks to some sketchy translation issues that wasn’t actually the case. Square Enix WAS working on a card-battling game, and in fact it launched just last week. It’s not called Demon’s Score, though, it’s called Guardian Cross [Free] and it’s free to download and check out for yourself, or you can see what people have been saying about it in our forums...

Lucky Frame's music/tower defense hybrid Bad Hotel [$1.99] is the best kind of weird there is, the kind that makes you wonder exactly what the developers were thinking and if there's anything you can do to encourage them to keep going down that Rabbit Hole. More attuned towards its tower defense roots than its musical background, Bad Hotel will have you doing what few tower defense games have ever attempted to do before: defend towers...

iPad users have had the pleasure of checking out Michael Jackson: The Experience [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] for a few months, but it wasn’t until last week that iPhone/touch users were finally able to jam with the King of Pop. Now that both versions are available, we thought we’d see how it plays out on iOS. Unfortunately, the excellent presentation and fan service that it offers aren’t enough to overcome a variety of issues concerning controls, song selection and visuals...

While the music genre has ample representation on the App Store, it’s still somewhat rare to find games that actually do a good job creating dynamic levels based on your song library. Synesthetic [$2.99 / Free] looks to join the group offering a psychedelic experience based on your current song of choice. While there’s plenty that Synesthetic does right, some minor annoyances and setbacks keep the title from further excellence...

If Disco Kitten [$0.99] teaches us anything about rhythm games, it’s that they don’t need any licensed music or any fancy gimmick controllers to be good. Instead of being the next “rhythm” game that gets lost in the shuffle, Disco Kitten is a game that focuses on the music as an enhancement more than being the core way to play the game...

Tapulous returns to the iOS music scene once again with Tap Tap Revenge Tour [Free], the latest in a string of Tap Tap Revenge games that stretch all the way back to before the App Store even existed. While Tour offers the same basic gameplay with new tracks (as well as a decent backlog of free and premium songs in its store), not much else has been improved upon or changed, save for the addition of a new freemium-based mode...

Honestly, there’s not much a rhythm game has to do in order to make me happy. A nice selection of tap-friendly tunes, decent UI, and adequate replayability features are the extent of my wishlist. For its part, O2Jam U [Free] manages to satisfy two of those three criteria, making it a satisfactory addition to the genre in my book. More importantly, O2Jam U manages to unveil a new wrinkle with the inclusion of freemium elements, a somewhat unique addition to song-based rhythm games...

As much as we may not want to admit it, a game’s style goes a long way—especially in a market as crowded as the App Store. With so many games from so many developers, the right icon and the right visual presentation are often the be all and end all of standing out from the pack. And while those of us who love games know that graphics don’t make for a good game, it’s hard to ignore the allure of stylish games...

When we first found out about Kotomon [$2.99] recently, I was excited for the possibilities especially considering that some of the developers at Monstars consisted of folks from Q Entertainment (Lumines, Rez). Unfortunately, reputation alone is not enough to carry this simple music platformer with iffy controls. ..

Late last week The New York Times published an op-ed debate titled, “Hip, or About to Break a Hip,” a discussion about whether 45 year-old skaters are “embarrassing and risky or inspiring and life-affirming?” Opinions ranged from “inspiring and life-affirming,” to “... do something productive: become an ultimate fighter, get your G.E.D., date an 18-year old.” Um, wow, guys...

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