8 Track Mind [rating: 5/5]
The App Store abounds in puzzle games and many of them claim to be unique. iPhone developers have re-created many games based on “Simon Says” memory skill game for the iPhone, some being true to the orignal electronic game and some offering slight variations.
8 Track Mind is a beautiful blend of rhythm and memory puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The main object of the game is to hear a short piece of music and then be able to recreate the exact music by tapping a set of boxes. 8 Track Mind challenges your listening skills, sense of rhythm and ability to remember the different music generated by the boxes.
The game features over 160 tracks of original music by Robert Allaire which ranges from soothing and relaxing tracks to some foot tapping music. Current version offers Quick Play and normal play modes. In Quick Play you can choose the level you want to play and in the normal mode you progress by playing all levels in order.
The levels begins with a preview of the music track and then shows you a set of boxes in the lower part of the screen. You have to start by pressing a random box to preview the sound and check if it matches the music track you just heard. Tapping a combination of boxes will enable you to create the exact music track and proceed to the next level. It might seem difficult to re-create the track by tapping random boxes however, as you play more levels you will get better. The trick is to hear the track properly and try to identify possible number of boxes to be used. Some tracks may be created with two boxes and some maybe require even 5 or more.
Each level needs to be completed in the given time and in the normal mode if you run out of time in any level you have to start from level one. One of the most satisfying aspects about the game is the scoring, which evaluates your performance based on accuracy, time used and also awards stars based on your performance per level.
8 Track Mind features Open Feint support so you can always compare and share your high score as you continue to unlock all achievements. You must connect your iPhone/iPod touch with your earphones or external speakers to enjoy the game.
The game has an unbelievable re-playability factor as you never get bored with the music and even if you can’t get the right combination you always manage to create a cool new mix!
Some advanced levels may seem very difficult and the developers should add an option which previews the sound of the boxes before the timer starts.
You cannot go wrong with 8 Track Mind. It is one of the most addictive puzzle games I have ever played.
Price: $1.99 (iTunes Link) as of 24/12/2009
Version reviewed 1.0
- Extremely addictive
- Beautiful sound tracks
- Slick interface
The Not So Good
- Can’t preview the boxes
Reviewed by: Ravin
Expedited Review: Request received on 22/12/2009 , reviewed on 24/12/2009