Category Archives: Music / Rhythm

GDC Online 2010: 'WINtA' - A Rhythm Game from the Creator of 'PaRappa the Rapper'

TUAW's Mike Schramm is all over GDC Online this week, and managed to snag a preview of WINtA, an up and coming rhythm game from Masaya Matsuura. While that name might not be immediately recognizable, his creations surely will. Matsuura designed PaRappa the Rapper, a PlayStation game which was among the first rhythm games and featured gameplay that involved tapping various buttons along to the beat of songs. In fact, PaRappa was so catchy that I can still bust out most of the raps from the game in their entirety. (And I doubt I'm alone in that.)..

'Helicoid' - An Upcoming Game From the Developer of 'Lilt Line'

In May of last year we first took a look at DifferentCloth's Lilt Line [$2.99], a well received rhythm game with a great soundtrack. Lilt Line was a little on the simple side, but the overall experience of the game was really cool as the tilt and tap based gameplay was paired really well with the music. Earlier today Helicoid was announced, which looks to be a somewhat similar music-based game only this time it's based on tilting your phone around to advance through a spiral...

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...

A new game released this week that caught our eye is Rhythm Spirit [$2.99] by developer Monad Games. Its focus is on being a rhythm based fighting game, similar to the Nintendo DS title Draglade from a few years ago, but offers more beyond just squaring off against an opponent. It's not the greatest rhythm game, and not the greatest action game, but it combines the two elements in a way that is really enjoyable and does it all with fantastic graphics and a phenomenal soundtrack to boot...

Now, we're not saying Audiosurf is definitely coming to the iPhone... but it seems some of the new changes in iOS 4 make it possible. Engadget reported on a DJ scratching app that takes advantage of some of the new APIs in iOS 4 that allow Apps to directly import the audio files from your iPod library. In the past, the best that you could do is simply play and pause your existing iPod music from within a game -- but not actually do any processing to it...

There's something special on the way to both the iPhone and the iPad for lovers of rhythm games, lovers of 8-bit retro-styled games, and, most especially, lovers of both styles all mashed up together. Gaijin Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai to bring an adaptation of their Wiiware title Bit.Trip Beat to the App Store...

As promised during yesterday's keynote address, Activision released an official version of Guitar Hero for the iPhone and iPod Touch yesterday. ..

Marking a significant improvement over the recent Justin Bieber Revenge [$4.99] comes tonight's release from Tapulous, Nirvana Revenge [$4.99]. Following the same formula as the rest of the Revenge games, Nirvana Revenge comes with thirteen Nirvana song from several different albums (and live performances) to tap along with for less than you could buy the same songs from iTunes for...

There's been a number of games released on the App Store featuring mainstream music acts such as Lady Gaga, Metallica and Coldplay. So it didn't really come as much of a surprise to see Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion arrive over the weekend. What does come as a surprise however is that this isn't rhythm-based like most other music games, but rather a side-scrolling beat-em-up of sorts with a heavy focus on social networking. It sounds strange, and it kind of is, but it's also quite refreshing to see something other than the expected. The result ends up being more of an interesting experience, rather than a solid game...

'muBlip' - Where Shapes and Sounds go to Play.

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April 4th, 2010 10:00 AM EDT by Peter Lettieri in 3.5 stars, Games, Music / Rhythm, News, Reviews

Whilst the iPhone is lauded for its tactile innovations in gaming, the device itself has the potential for a much more sensory experience. Few games exhibit this more than the music and rythm category of games, where we've had such gems as the creative Thumpies and the instrumentally excellent Beat-It. Para9 have introduced their own take on the genre with their recently released, muBlip [AppStore]...

Studio Radiolaris has released their followup title to Radio Flare this morning. Radio Flare Redux promises a side-scrolling multi-touch shoot'em up experience. Pilot your ship to the beat of the universe and blast a galaxy of invaders out of the sky. Weave through an intense sensory onslaught as you dispatch swarm after swarm of enemies, tapping the touchscreen, and your toes, as you go...

'Maestro Green Groove' Hands-On Preview with Video

There are a lot of crazy rhythm games on the App Store, including the recently released Thumpies, but Bulkypix's Maestro Green Groove takes the cake in being the most insane musical game I've played so far on my iPhone...

'Thumpies' - A Monstrous Rhythm Game

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February 17th, 2010 9:00 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in $0.99, 4 stars, Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Music / Rhythm, Reviews

It takes a lot to stand out amongst the crowded rhythm game section of the App Store (or any section of the App Store, really) but Big Blue Bubble's Thumpies [App Store] manages to easily set it self apart. Crazy graphics combine with an interesting gameplay mechanic where each level has you tapping out beats that layer on top of each other until you've eventually formed a fairly complex song. ..

Last week was absolutely loaded with sneak previews of games, and thanks to the wonderfully fast App Store approval turnaround time so far this year, B-Boy Beats, Robot Rampage, and Drift Sumi-e are all available for download...

'B-Boy Beats' Hands-On Preview with Video

Tag Games, creators of Car Jack Streets [App Store], recently sent us an early copy of their upcoming rhythm game B-Boy Beats. This oddly amusing game has you break dancing with your fingers to 17 songs from popular nerdcore hip hop artists MC Frontalot, Optimus Rhyme, and others...

Gizmodo found an awesome video of someone in Korea playing the recently released Taiko no Tatsujin [App Store, Japan Only], a drum game which hasn't made its way to the US or European App Stores yet. Taiko Drum Master, as its known around these parts is played with a set of thick drum sticks and a matching drum pad that plugs in to whatever console you're playing the game on...

Nearly five months ago now Tapulous first announced Riddim Ribbon [App Store] on stage at an Apple keynote. Oddly enough, aside from graphical changes, the game that is available today is almost exactly what Tapulous promised at the event. Three songs from the Black Eyed Peas are included along with three additional 99¢ tracks available via in-app purchase. (Two by Tiësto and one by Benny Benassi.)..

One of the features that piqued the interest of quite a few people when iPhone OS 3.0 was originally announced was Apple finally allowing developers access to the iPhone/iPod touch music library. Gamers were anxious to see something similar to Audiosurf, a PC game that turns music tracks in to actual in-game tracks for you to race on. Unfortunately, the limited access developers actually ended up with to the device's music library prevented much more than the in-game music player menus that have been implemented in some games...

There may be rhythm games on the App Store already where you can pretend you're singing, playing a guitar, rocking out on the drums, or even spinning turntables, but all those pale in comparison to beat matching to slay an endless supply of zombies. In Zombeat [App Store] you play as Zeke who according to the in-game character bio has given up a life as a biker to start a new career in zombie mass murder...

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