Tap Tap Revenge – Kings of Leon: A beautiful addition to the Tap Tap Revenge range of games

Tap Tap Revenge – Kings of Leon Rating: ★★★★☆

One of the most successful games on the iPhone/iPod Touch has been Tap Tap Revenge range of games which is now in it’s third incarnation of rhythm based addiction. What has helped make the Tap Tap Revenge games so successful is that the fact that not only is it a really great game but the fact that it is free, something that is always a plus point in any iPhone/iPod Touch game or application.

However, Tap Tap Revenge also has a range of premium versions where you get to play with some of the best tracks of specific artists, from Coldplay and Metallica to Lady Gaga and The Dave Mathews band and now they have released Kings of Leon [Tapulous.com]

For those of you who haven’t played Tap Tap Revenge before in any of it’s forms let me tell you a little bit about it. The game is played by tapping along to the music of a given track and you score points for accuracy and consistency. In this version of the game though your choice of track come from 10 of the Kings of Leon’s best tracks, at first I thought there were only 4 tracks available but I soon found out that the other 6 were available via download for free. I imagine this was to keep the initial download relatively small.

The tracks included are:-

  • Use Somebody
  • Crawl
  • The Bucket
  • Be Somebody
  • On Call
  • McFearless
  • Notion
  • Black Thumbnail
  • True Love Way
  • Sex on Fire

My favorite Kings of Leon track is True Love Way so it was that one that I started with. You choose the track from one of four difficulty levels, Easy, Medium, Hard and Extreme and while from my time playing Tap Tap Revenge 3 I know that Medium is where I am most comfortable. There is an added incentive of playing through all the difficulty levels thanks to 4 ‘Boss’ tracks that takes things up a notch, more of that later though.

The game is played with the iPhone in portrait mode and three tracks flow from the top of the screen to the bottom and it’s these three tracks that the notes that you need to tap along to flow down. It’s not just simple taps though, there are notes to hold, bonus notes that increase your multipliers and then there are also the in game arrows where you have to shake your device in the direction of the arrow instead of tapping the screen.

There is a lot going on especially as you move up to the Hard and Extreme levels but the graphics are so strong and slick that it all falls into place perfectly. The notes and music are perfectly in time with each other you’ll soon find that you don’t need to think about the timing to hit the notes accurately but just tap along to the music.

As mentioned previously there are four levels of difficulty and four boss tracks and there is a direct connection between these two facts. If you manage to complete all of the tracks on a given level you will unlock the boss track for that level. The boss tracks add an extra level of fun/difficulty to the tracks by by flipping the game-play on its side, literally!

The boss tracks are played in landscape mode and this is so an extra track can be added so instead of playing with 3 lines of notes flowing down the screen you are now playing with 4 instead. This definitely makes things trickier but more fun two and the difficulty of the boss tracks is only increased in proportion with the difficulty level that you are playing on.

As well as the career mode you can also battle your friends over Bluetooth providing that they have the game too of course and there is no online multiplayer like there is in TTR3. Even without the online multiplayer option that the free version of TTR3 has it would be nice if it was possible to import the tracks from Tap Tap Revenge Kings of Leon into TTR3 so your could play the tracks online.

If you’ve only ever played one of the free versions of Tap Tap Revenge then you are in for a treat with the graphics in this title as they have been enhanced to a considerable extent. The different environments look great and that’s even before you play the boss tracks where they are improved on yet again to produce a beautiful artistic experience that is a pleasure to play.

If you enjoy the Kings of Leon and want to experience their music in a whole new interactive way you will not be disappointed with this game and even of those of you that don’t like their music… well there is still Tap Tap Revenge Coldplay edition!

The Good

  • 10 great KOL’s tracks
  • 4 tricky boss levels
  • Beautiful, artistic graphics
  • 5/5 stars if you’re a KoL fan

The Not So Good

  • No online multiplayer
  • Don’t like Kings of Leon, probably won’t like this!

Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 11, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 17.1 MB
Language: English
Seller: Gogo Apps, Inc.
© Tapulous, Inc.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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