Riddim Ribbon [rating: 5/5]
The iPhone ecosystem has given the opportunity to thrive and succeed to big and small development houses alike. One of the small development houses that has leveraged its success into business dominance is Tapulous. Its long and prosperous flagship line of Tap Tap games has driven Tapulous in two years from unknown Palo Alto, California start up to iPhone game superstar. Building on the success of their trail blazing rhythm application, Tapulous has just released Riddim Ribbon.
Riddim Ribbon both borrows from the Tap Tap franchise and completely deviates from it. Instead of attempting to keep the beat to a song, Riddim Ribbon challenges the player to follow the song through a twisting course; the titular Riddim Ribbon. The player guides a speeding ball along the ribbon as it twists and turns through the level; collecting points, avoiding obstacles and playing through optional parts of the course. While game play in Tap Tap was focused on precisely keeping the beat, game play in Riddim Ribbon is focused on precisely following the ribbon.
The player steers their vehicle using tilt steering and attempts to stay on the track as closely as possible. Each track is divided into a series of checkpoints that the player has to achieve to complete the overall level. If the player deviates from the ribbon, two things happen. First they lose their points runs they’ve accumulated by staying on the ribbon. The second, and most important, outcome is the loss of energy. Energy is maintained by staying on the ribbon and collecting the energy spheres that appear on it. Running off the track and running into obstacles drains your energy. If you lose all your energy before the checkpoint you lose the level. Maintaining your energy levels allow you to achieve checkpoints and completing all checkpoints leads to winning the whole level.
The current version of Riddim Ribbon features the music of the Black Eyed Peas. Their music provides an excellent back drop to the game. Riddim Ribbon comes with the hit Black Eyed Peas songs Meet Me Halfway, I Gotta Feeling, and Boom Boom Pow. Players may also purchase Escape Me Louder Than Boom by Tiesto and Satisfaction by BennyBenassi. As usual, all of the music suits the game very well and the in app purchasing makes acquiring the additional tracks very easy. Although the current version of the game features the Black Eyed Peas, I am sure that future iterations of the game will feature other hit songs and artists if Tapulous follows the Tap Tap model.
In addition to the first rate game play and music, Riddim Ribbon also provides some nice extras. As I’ve stated in other reviews, I think social gaming is a very important aspect of the iPhone gaming experience. Riddim Ribbon delivers by providing local and global high scores. You can also e-mail your scores and progress at the end of each level in game. Challenge your friends directly and compare your progress with other Riddim Ribbon players around the world. Riddim Ribbon also provides good feature customization to change the interface to suit your needs.
Tapulous has another huge hit on their hands here. Riddim Ribbon is an innovative and interesting take on the genre Tapulous defined for themselves. The only addition I would suggest to this complete game is some form of competitive two player mode. Its absence does not detract in any way from this game, just a suggestion for the future. If you liked the Tap Tap series of games you’ll love Riddim Ribbon. Even if you didn’t like the Tap Tap series of games you’ll love Riddim Ribbon. Go out and download this game today, you won’t regret it.
- Challenging game play
- Soundtrack featuring three Black Eyed Peas hits
- Social gaming
The Not So Good:
- Competitive two player mode would be a nice addition
Reviewed By: Erin Peterson
Riddim Ribbon – I Gotta Feeling Demo