Category Archives: Music / Rhythm

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...

So, this morning we learned that EA Mobile had sent out a popup notification to users of the original Rock Band [$4.99] for iOS effectively stating the game was shutting down at the end of the month. This naturally drew universal criticism from gamers and left me wondering one thing: why?..

We just learned this week that one of the pioneering forces of both the freemium pay model as well as real-time online multiplayer, Eliminate, will be closing up shop later this month. Well according to RockBandAide.com right on the heels of that news it looks as if EA Mobile will be giving the same treatment to the original Rock Band [$4.99] iOS game, which we thought was pretty good when it launched towards the end of 2009...

Late last year Wild Chords [$24.99 (HD)] knocked my socks off. In a nutshell, it's an edu-tainment game that utilizes the microphone on the iPad to pick up the chords being played on a guitar. It works great, too. I was more than a little surprised that in a few hours of playing the game I went from never having touched a guitar before to actually being able to play a few (admittedly very basic) tunes...

'Circadia' Review - An Elegant Exercise in Minimalist Rhythm Design

Circadia [$0.99] looks like a meditative experience, but that's a lie. The elements are all in place for a soothing time: a minimalistic design, gently ringing music tones, a wide expanse of black and nothing to distract you. That just means it's devilish; this is a practical joke. Rather than lulling you into a centered state of mind, it will take all the attention you can spare. Expect to have your eyes and ears fully occupied. For an ultra-minimalistic rhythm puzzle game, Circadia is intricate...

GDC 2012: A Look At Graeme Devine's 'Dance City'

Conceptually, it's hard not to fall in love with this one. Graeme Devine, and his studio GRL Games, are working on a... spiritual successor of sorts to dance game Space Channel 5. It's called Dance City, and it's looking to leverage story, attitude, and dancing. In our meeting with Graeme today, he expressed his extreme love for narrative-led games, as well as quick-to-play titles with "one more time" hooks. Extrapolating, we're guessing Dance City is going to try to have all of these things...

Simogo's new office. Look how busy these guys are!..

'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...

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