Category Archives: Music / Rhythm

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'Beat Sneak Bandit' Review - Rhythm, Stealth and Puzzles Make Outstanding Bedfellows

You could say we've been looking forward to Simogo's Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] The developer announced it just a few months back in November, but it feels like we've been waiting forever. After all, these are the folks that made Kosmo Spin [$0.99] and Bumpy Road [$2.99] two fantastic (if divisive) games, so who could blame us for a little eagerness? Now that the wait is over, you've gotta ask: does it live up to the hype?..

'Beat Hazard Ultra' Review - A Music-Driven Shooter That Will Blow Up Your Screen

Sick of dual-stick shooters? Gunning down spaceships lost its shine? I hear that. But let me just say this: unless you're really, truly, and utterly sick of the genre, you really shouldn't miss Beat Hazard Ultra [$0.99], an outstanding music-generated shooter from Cold Beam Games...

I like to imagine there's an Oberlin burnout somewhere who's made a living getting bent on ayahuasca and pitching music-history based games to different companies. My hypothetical game designer, wide-eyed and euphoric, is responsible for games like Boom Boom Rocket, Eternal Sonata, Jazz: Trump's Journey [$2.99], and now Frederic --Resurrection of Music [$1.99/HD/Lite], by Forever Entertainment S.A...

When I play a music game, the most important things I’m looking for are good music and approachable gameplay. Cytus [$0.99] by Rayark manages to nail both of those and even adds a little bit of visual flair on top of it. While Cytus does have a few small issues and miscues in regards to a few elements, it’s still great to play and is a worthy addition to the iOS rhythm genre...

'Beat Sneak Bandit' Bonus Mode Footage Sneaks Out

This is cool, guys. Below, you'll get your first look at Beat Sneak Bandit's silhouette mode. There are four of these babies in every chapter, but you can only access them by collecting the "bonus" small clocks scattered about in every level. Developer Simogo is telling us that you'll unlock one for every ten clocks, and that these levels are locked away because they bolster the real challenge of the rhythm meets stealth title...

Simogo's 'Beat Sneak Bandit' Puts Music To Puzzlin' Action

Simogo's Bumpy Road [$2.99] is radical because it totally embraces the touch screen. On top of being a simple and gorgeous game, the play is stupendously clever. Touch the physics-enabled bit of road and it lifts, taking the playful car with it...

We would argue that if there was just one more thing Taito's Groove Coaster [$.99] needed, it would be way more dubstep. Now, the game's latest update unfortunately doesn't include any dubstep, but we'll take it anyway because it includes a total of five more downloadable tracks, including a trance mix of Jingle Bells that we're sure you'll never forget. A new ska track, as well as an acid house joint -- "Thrase Beat -- are the other notables joining the downloadable roster...

'Beat Sneak Bandit' Is 'Bumpy Road' Developer Simogo's Next Game

Wonder no more: after a fun mystery trailer Simogo has revealed its next game alongside IGN. It's called Beat Sneak Bandit; and as we guessed, it's a rhythm-cross-stealth game featuring all the adorable art your eyeholes can handle and a one-touch action model that appears to be as great as the one utilized in the studio's last game, Bumpy Road [$2.99]...

Want more out of Groove Coaster [$2.99]? Good news: the dudes over at Taito have rolled in three new tracks and a couple of bug fixes in the latest free update. Two of the songs, Just No Friend and Protocol Signal Generation, immediately bolt on to the core game, while the third of the new bunch, Hello 31337, is available as a one dollar IAP. Naturally, these tunes come with a flashy experiential level that compliments what you’re hearing and doing with the song...

'Radballs' Review – These Balls Are The Total Package

Maybe it’s just me, but I have a hard time getting into trailers anymore. Spend enough time following the games industry and you eventually develop an elephantine level of skin thickness to ward off promotion and hype. Even being as jaded as I am towards anything but gameplay footage, every so often, I see a video or promo and I just know in my gut that I’m going to love the game...

Well, we kinda know what “VidRhythm” is now. Chatting with Gamasutra about the mysterious trademark spotted by Internet sleuths earlier this July, Rock Band creator Harmonix confirmed that VidRhythm is a real project and it’s coming to iOS soon-ish. It also divulged that it’s more app than game, but stopped short of delivering mechanical or system-level details. Neat...

Most music-based games are based on the same premise: interaction with the rhythm or beat of the song in some form or fashion. That’s why Say What?! [Free] seems like such an interesting take on the genre; rather than interacting with the musical composition, the game challenges you to interact with the actual lyrics. While I think that Say What?! is definitely one of the more interesting takes on the genre that I’ve seen, a very limited selection of music coupled with a lack of gameplay diversity leaves it somewhat wanting...

Licensed games are rarely awesome, but I suppose Tap Tap Glee [Free] has a shot at being one of the better ones we’ve seen just by sheer virtue of its core simplicity. Fox Digital Entertainment and Tap Tap creators Tapulous announced the new partnership and the game the other morning, and now you can go download it on the App Store for free. Like other Tap Tap games, all you do in Tap Tap Glee is ‘tap’ out musical beats alongside songs. Naturally, it features music from the stupid popular TV show and lots of thematic elements from it, too...

'Groove Coaster' Review - Get Your Psychedelic Groove On

Taito’s Groove Coaster [99¢] is an experiential music and rhythm game that mixes fun, upbeat, and jazzy tracks with a psychedelic and retro-informed visual aesthetic. At its truly mechanical core, it’s just a tap game that has you drum on your iPad whenever a bubble crops up on a neon rail, sorta like a one-note Rock Band. While that’s not necessarily entertaining in the year 2011, Groove Coaster’s constituent parts manage to overpower its simplicity, making for a game that’s a pleasure to pick up and thrum alongside, lack of depth and flaws be darned...

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