Tunes Attack iPhone Game Review

Tunes Attack ! Rating: ★★½☆☆

Great Idea Poorly Implemented.

There are many rhythm games in the App Store already, however it’s always nice to see a new version of the genre that is looking the push the boundaries and offer the player something new. And that’s exactly what Nemoid Studio’s are doing with their new App Store title, Tunes Attack.

Tunes Attack not only offers 3 ways to play but also allows you to play along with any song in your library. Pretty impressive stuff, so how does it play?

Tunes Attack iPhone GameYou can play each of the 3 game styles individually or as part of the career mode or against a 2nd player on a single device. The three game styles are as follows:-

Scooter – Jump aboard your trusty Vespa and dodge the traffic as you deliver pizza to the customers on the side of the street, watch out for lamp posts, trash cans, trees not to mention the traffic or you’ll lose one of your three life’s and it will be game over.

Concert – Play the game in the traditional rhythm style a la Tap Tap Revenge.

Space – Space invaders to music anyone? In this style you will find yourself blasting stream after stream of alien aircraft as the beats play along.

The three game styles are all unique in themselves but they do all share something in common in that the controls feel very clunky and unresponsive which in a rhythm based game is more important than ever. While the concert mode uses the traditional tapping technique to play in the Scooter and Space modes you use your finger directly on the touch screen to move the spaceship or scooter around the screen. As you do this though the scooter or spaceship doesn’t move smoothly making it difficult to accurately judge your movement.

A good effort has been made on the graphic novel style graphics and if you like that style of graphics and the juvenile storyline you will enjoy the career mode too, unfortunately you’ll still have to deal with the game in-between the story!

Tunes Attack iPhoneAnother big claim to Tunes Attack is the ability to play along with any track you own. This is true as long as you have a computer as with the game loaded it will direct you to a url which will provide you with the ability to browse you pc and upload any track. It’s all very easy and sure enough your tracks appear in game for you to play through any of the game modes.

A two player mode is also included where on a single device you can play the Concert version of the game. Again it’s a great idea but the size on the iTouch makes playing a two player rhythm game on the two ends of an iPhone or iPod Touch pretty tricky.

Tunes Attack is a game that suffers from it’s own adventurous aims. The multiple game styles, the ability to use your own tracks not to mention the online scoreboards all looks great on paper but instead no one area is perfected and therefore the whole game fails to gain traction.

The Good

  • Play your own tracks
  • Multiple game styles

The Not So Good

  • Clunky controls
  • Jack of all trades
  • Master of none

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Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: May 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.3
Size: 56.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Nemoid Studio
© 2010 Nemoid Studio
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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