iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sudden Tap iPhone. New Rhythm Game that Doesn’t Quite hit the Beat Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:29:45 +0000 Read More]]> Sudden Tap

Sudden Tap [rating: 3/5]

There was a time that if you liked to play music you would get together with a few friends and start your own band in your parents garage. While I’m sure that still happens to a lessor extent it also seems perfectly acceptable to hone your skills playing virtual instruments via a range of rhythm games across multiple platforms.

For developers launching these type of games on the App Store have at least a couple of huge titles to compete with, namely Guitar Hero and the Tap Tap Revenge series. So how does Sudden Tap by Sudden Creations fit into the genre?

Sudden Tap contains just four tracks with each one having four difficulty levels making 16 levels to complete the game. Unlike most rhythm games that have the notes flowing down virtual strings the notes on Sudden Tap appear anywhere on the screen and rather than tapping the note as it passes over a line each note has a wide glow around it which narrows until tight around the note, it’s at this point that you have to tap it. All in time with the song of course.

Unlike the more well known rhythm games that use real tracks for you to play along too Sudden Tap have created their own songs which while they don’t have the same hook as the songs you know and love still work well as rhythm game backing tracks.

Sudden Tap iPhone

The notes are numbered as they appear on screen so that you can see the order in which they need to be pressed. In addition to the standard notes there are also notes that need to be dragged across the screen after you’ve touched them and skull notes which must be avoided at all costs.

Some songs have bonus sections in them that act as a bonus round where you can boost your score as a grid of notes take up the centre of the screen. Most of these notes are of the skull variety though and need to be avoided too.

The cartoon style graphics are solid enough but at the same time not outstanding. The navigation is simple enough though and you won’t have any difficulty navigating the game. There is also a tutorial to show you to play the game and you can also watch the songs before playing them to give you a heads up on the beats.

Unfortunately the notes don’t seem to meet the beats as you would expect all of the time and therefore hitting them in a timely manner can be tricky at times. Having said that the scoring is pretty generous and I found it easy to pick up points, earn stars and move through the tracks and difficulty levels without any problems.

The game is fun to play while it lasts and at just 99c it’s not going to break the bank. Though Tap Tap Revenge 3 is free a better alternative in my opinion offering more tracks, better graphics and more variety.



Sudden Tap Final Trailer – May 2010 Full Version

Price: $0.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Updated:20 August 2010
Reviewed Version:1.2.11
Size: 26.3 MB
Languages:English, Italian, Spanish
Developer:Alex Tinti
© 2008 Alex Tinti, Gabriella Frongia
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

]]> 2 Guitar Hero Rocks Out on the iPhone at Last Tue, 08 Jun 2010 02:41:46 +0000 Read More]]> Guitar Hero [rating: 4.5/5]

So today was all about iPhone 4 the latest version of the phenomenon that is Apple’s smartphone. However for me the new features in their latest release wasn’t the amazing part of Steve Jobs announcement speech, no, instead it was the unbelievable news that after all this time Guitar Hero for iPhone is only now available in the App Store.

Guitar Hero iPhoneGuitar Hero for iPhone has been one of the biggest, if not the biggest, rhythm style games of recent years and it’s been available on almost every platform since day one, and now their dominance is complete as it arrives for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

The first thing I noticed when downloading Guitar Hero from the App Store was the price, major releases such as this are usually $5 at least but Guitar Hero (GH) comes in at a rather surprisingly low $2.99. However after seeing that you only get 6 songs for your $3 it’s clear to see that this price point is to get you in and then earn more money from in app purchases of new songs. GH aren’t the first to do this however and the six included songs are pretty good too. They are:-

The games looks and feels as sophisticated as you would expect from a franchise as big as Guitar Hero. The menu’s are sleek and stylish and the in game graphics are sharp and sparkling too. And while for many the help screens won’t ever be viewed if you do delve into them you will find them to be completed and detailed.

The game plays as you would expect sit the notes traveling down the screen where you must tap them as they flow over the note catcher. They have added a few tweaks though, for example as well as the standard notes that you tap individually or together as chords there are also notes that you have to strum, hold and slide between which adds a nice variety to the standard game play.

Guitar Hero iPhone_2As you would expects the more consistent you are the bigger the rewards with Star Power boosting your score for a small time or until you miss a note of course.

A lot of information as been provided in game and it’s well presented to ensure that you can see everything you need without it being cluttered. Your current score is displayed in the top right corner with your current star rating displayed to the left of that. Just below you can see how much of the song is left and what percentage of notes you’ve hit so far. While down each side of the guitars neck is multiplier and star power meter.

Although there are only 6 songs included in the initial price there is a lot of other content included. For example there are 260 challenges to be completed based on the songs, the guitar or the bass. You can easily navigate the challenges too so that you can both what you need to do to unlock them and also what you gain by completing them.

The rewards for your success are predominantly based around unlocking new items for your rock star character which you can customize for using in game and showing off via the Facebook integration.

Guitar Hero iPhone_1The game is a single player game only but there are online leader boards as well as the ability to post your best scores on Facebook. A local or even online two player mode would have been nice though so that two players could join forces and rock the house down together.

The game did crash a couple of times on my 2g iPod Touch but that was over multiple hours worth of game play so it wasn’t too much of a hassle.

Overall Guitar Hero is a welcome edition to the App Store, it doesn’t add a great deal more to the genre but what it does it does well and with your headphones plugged in and the volume cranked up you’ll enjoy rocking out with the best of them.



Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 07, 2010
Reviewed Version: 0.1.0
Size: 106 MB
Language: English
Seller: Activision Publishing, Inc.
© Activision Publishing, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> 3 Tunes Attack iPhone Game Review Thu, 13 May 2010 04:58:23 +0000 Read More]]> Tunes Attack ! [rating: 2.5/5]

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

The Not So Good


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.

]]> 1 Great Grungy Edition to the Tap Tap Revenge Genre Tue, 11 May 2010 16:34:51 +0000 Read More]]> Tap Tap Revenge Nirvana Edition [rating: 4/5]

Another Great Grungy Edition to the Tap Tap Revenge Genre!

If success was based on quantity then Tapulous would be one of the most successful developers in the App Store, after all in there Tap Tap Revenge series they now have over half a dozen artist specific titles alone including Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and Metallica to name but a few.

However, as we know success isn’t based on quantity, it’s based on quality too. For Tapulous that’s not a issue either. From their free version Tap Tap Revenge 3 to the aforementioned artist specific titles they have been getting rave reviews from players and reviewers and now they are releasing their latest artist specific incarnation in the form of Tap Tap Revenge Nirvana which pays homage to the kings of Grunge.

TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_3A quick review for those of you that haven’t played any of the Tap Tap Revenge games before. On launching the game you’ll get to choose from four difficulty levels, Easy, Medium, Hard and Extreme and depending on which you choose you will be able to select one of the tracks to play along too.

Once the track has loaded, which only takes a few seconds, you’re ready to play the game. The notes flow down the screen in time with the music, in this Nirvana version of the game the notes flow down a guitar neck, and when the notes hit the bottom of the screen you task is to tap or tap and hold the note in time with the music.

This Nirvana version works just as well as all the previous releases and the dirty beats of Nirvana’s classic tracks work well too. There are 15 tracks in total from all their classic albums including hits such as Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium and In Bloom with a couple of live versions thrown in for good measure too.

The graphics are great looking, sharp and smooth and there are a number of different styles as you play through the different tracks and that’s before you have unlocked the four special levels that are unlocked as you complete all of the tracks across the four difficulty levels.

TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_5For the more serious Nirvana fans or for those wanting to learn more about them there is a short history of the band and you can also start each song with a snippet of interviews with the band.

While just like the other artist specific versions there is no online multi-player option but you can play 2-player over Bluetooth. It’s also worth noting that you are unable to import the songs into Tap Tap Revenge 3 so that you can play them online via that application.

All said and done Tap Tap Revenge Nirvana Edition is as good as they come.  There are no major new features other than the Nirvana tracks themselves but then again it’s difficult to improve on a winning formula.

The Good

The Not So Good

The game will be available tomorrow. We’ll post the iTunes Store URL and price soon.

TTR Nirvana Screenshots

TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_1 TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_2 TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_3 TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_4 TTR_Nirvana_Revenge_5

]]> 0 Thumpies XL iPad Game Review. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:46:26 +0000 Read More]]> Thumpies XL [rating: 4.5/5]

Thumpies XL adds Multi-player Fun to the Crazy Rhythm Game!

I guess it’s not surprising that for every brand new app in the iPad App Store there appears to be 2 conversions from the iPhone/iPod Touch Store and Thumpies XL is one of the ones that is a conversion of it’s iPhone/iPod Touch counterpart. Back in February we reviewed the original version of the game and loved it’s originality, it’s childish horror style and how addictive it was. (Click here to read the full review).

Thumpies XL is a rhythm based game where you have to build up a basic beat to a cavalcade of beats. This is done by tapping along to the beats as little balls of beastliness bounce on toadstools and tree trunks. The beats are unique, infectious and entertaining and as you continually hit the beats accurately your progress bar builds to complete the level. In addition to hitting your beats there is also the task of collecting butterflies as they flutter around the screen. Grabbing the butterflies allows you to unlock more of the Thumpies that are then used in later levels.

Thumpies XL iPad GameNone of this is any different though from the the original Thumpies although the larger screen does make it easier to play. Unlike some other recent conversion to the iPad Thumpies XL includes a new feature as well as all the original craziness. There are still the same 16 unique levels, each of them offering a new rhythm for you to tap along to but in additional each of these 16 levels can now be played in 2 player mode.

In two player mode the game area splits in two and is both co-operative and competitive. Completing the beat is now up to both players and it’s your combined efforts that will enable you to complete the level with each player then getting ranked on the % of accurate hits.

This adds an extra dimension to the game and while the two player mode could have included more such as a non-cooperative version where you compete to complete the tune first and have power-ups that interfere with your opponents Thumpies it’s a lot of fun.

Also, while playing Thumpies XL my daughter was instantly attracted by the unique sounds of the Thumpies as they bounced around the screen and the larger screen allowed her to help me by taking care of the butterfly collection duties, adding a further unintentional two player co-operative mode to the game.

Selecting one of the 16 levels is done by tapping on one of the icons hanging from a tree. I noticed that just to the right of the main tree there is a smaller tree beginning to grow, perhaps this suggests future tracks and levels with a future update. I certainly hope so.

Thumpies XL takes the original Thumpies and adds a decent multi-player option that takes advantage of the iPads large screen. If you are a fan of rhythm games then you will love the unique crazy horror style of Thumpies XL and it continues to be a highly recommend game.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 31, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 150 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller: Big Blue Bubble
© Big Blue Bubble 2010
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 muBlip for the iPhone: Challenging Memory Game Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:28:17 +0000 Read More]]> muBlip iPhone

muBlip [rating: 4/5]

muBlip was a finalist for the Audio Achievement award at the 2010 Independent Games Festival and the game has now finally hit the app store. Created by para9 muBlip is a unique one player rhythm based puzzle game. It requires your memory and music skills and you are going to be challenged to get your groove on to the beat!

The game is very easy to follow, it has been described as a simon says type of game. You copy what you see but with a great unique twist to it. First you can choose to follow the tutorial which I recommend as it does help you understand exactly what you need to do to get it right. Then after that you start the game. The music plays in the background and whilst it does you have to watch what shapes light up, what direction they drag them in and the timing that you need to press the shapes. You have to follow all those three things to get it right, so lets hope you all have a bit of rhythm somewhere hidden away, you are going to need it! The patterns on the shapes light up to the rhythm of the song and timing is key.

There are shapes to tap, shapes to drag across your screen and some shapes you just have to hold your finger down on. All making different sounds in time to the beat of the great ambient music in the background. As you go through the level the rhythms getting slightly harder and faster.

muBlip iPhone_3

There is casual mode and hardcore mode and I must admit I am still on casual mode as it is a bit easier. Then you have different levels the ‘Introduction’ where after completing the tutorial it is just a few levels with starter rhythms but I must admit they are still quite hard. Next is ‘Into The Groove’ and thats for when you are starting to get the hang of it and can do it quite well. There is also an ‘Advanced’ section which I tried, but it was a little fast for me so I would save that level for when you really have picked the game up and are quite good at it. The last part was ‘Mnemosyne’ which was a level to test your great memory. Just watch all the shapes and then copy what you see in time to the rhythm.

Altogether there are 10 levels and at the end of each level you get your percentage of how well you did, so each time you can restart and try achieve a higher percentage. I know it will take me a little time to complete them to a good score. Once I have though, I’m not sure how much I would carry on playing over and over the levels I’ve already completed so it would be great if the developers consider future updates and add more levels.

The user interface in the game is truly beautiful and the music playing in the background is a credit to the developers. The ambient, yet up beat music just gets your feet tapping to the rhythm. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and I’ve yet to master the art of the advanced mode. I’ve not really seen any other game in the app store like this. muBlip from para9 is a challenging, beautiful and unique music game.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 15, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 31.0 MB
Language: English
Seller: para9 inc.
© 2010 para9 inc.
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> 0 Tap Tap Revenge – Kings of Leon: A beautiful addition to the Tap Tap Revenge range of games Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:38:40 +0000 Read More]]> Tap Tap Revenge – Kings of Leon [rating: 4/5]

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 []

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:-

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

The Not So Good

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.

]]> 0 Boom Shake for iPhone Is Shaking Up the Rhythm Game Genre Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:28:29 +0000 Read More]]> Boom Shake [rating: 4/5]

If you think that Boom Shake is just going to be another rhythm game in the same style as all the other, a tap here and shake there etc… then you are in for a surprise. The fact that you swipe your finger left or right to hit the notes rather than tapping them isn’t a huge departure from other similar apps but what sets this game a part from the others is the fact that you get to play the game with your own tracks from your iPhone/iPod touch music libraries meaning that you can play along with your favorite tracks rather than being limited to tracks in the game. That’s the claim at least, so how does it work?

You play the game in the same way as so many other rhythm type games, notes in time with the beat of the track you are playing travel done the screen and as they reach the bottom you touch them to earn points. In Boom Shake rather than tapping them you swipe left or right across the bottom of the screen or shake the iPhone/iPod touch depending on the type of shape that the note is.

Boom Shake iPhone iPad Game ReviewYou get to calibrate your moves at the start of the game and the controls work really well and they are very responsive especially when a lot of notes need to be hit in quick succession as you don’t need to lift your finger off of the device as in other similar titles. As with a lot of these game RSI can be a bit of an issue and certainly after playing a couple of songs my hand did begin to ache.

The game looks nice, strong, slick graphics and nice animations make playing the game enjoyable, while the idea of playing with your own tracks seems like a great idea in reality it doesn’t work in practice quite as well as I’d hope.

You can only play with the tracks that are already on your iPhone if notes have been created for them and you can download them to sync up with your songs. Now I don’t have a massive music library and perhaps my musical tastes don’t match that of Boom Shake but I was able to find one track that had notes available for it so I clicked to play and the notes were downloaded. The problem with matching your own library with that of the tracks available to download is that you can only search 25 tracks at a time and so for people with even a relatively small music library such as mine the time to find a match can be quite long and tiresome.

Downloading notes to match the songs you already own will cost you ‘Booms’ the games currency. You start the game with 115 Booms and each set of notes you download will cost you 5 of those Booms. You can then purchase additional Booms via in game purchases or earn Booms by getting high scores or by uploading your own notes for others to download. 115 Booms to start with is a decent amount and should get you going especially if you have songs in your library that have notes available to download.

Boom Shake iPhone iPad Game Review_2If you don’t have many tracks you can easily browse the range of songs that are available and you can click on the link to download the track directly from iTunes, after paying for it of course!

I initially played the game by downloading the notes to an existing track, Queens “Somebody to Love“. Within 30 seconds I was playing the game and with a choice of Kid, Normal, Hard and Extreme I chose Normal mode. The notes traveled down the track and as they pass over the target bar at the bottom of the page I was able to swipe left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise circles and shake the iPhone in time to the beats. Unfortunately though the notes weren’t in time with my song and therefore it was difficult to keep in time.

However, this is where Boom Shake really comes into it’s own. With any notes that you download you can adjust the start time for the notes in relation to your track and after adjusting the start time for Queen “Somebody to Love”, my second attempt resulted in a much higher score as the timing of the notes to the music was now spot on.

The game also allows you to upload your own notes and earn Booms for spending later. The process for creating your own notes couldn’t be simpler either. First you navigate through your library of songs to choose the one you want to record your notes for and then start the track playing. The available types of notes then appear at the bottom of the screen and as th track plays you simply tap the required not in time with the music, very much like you are playing the game yourself.

Boom Shake iPhone iPad Game Review_3You can stop the track, skip back and forward and manually remove and re-record the notes if you need to but the process is so simple that after a couple of attempts you’ll be laying down notes very easily especially if it’s a track you know well.

The track you record will automatically be given a ranking of Kid, Normal, Hard or Extreme depending on the number and frequency of notes that you have set and to prevent from anything being uploaded you then have to play the track in game mode and record a score of 80% or higher.

The one downside to this game is that it doesn’t have the level of social integration of others similar games with only an online scoreboard available to compare you skills with others, no chat, social media integration or multi-player options available at present.

If enough people take the time to upload their own tracks this game could be a huge hit as playing a game with songs that you know and love rather than being restricted to the songs the developers of the game are licensed to use will make it much more enjoyable to play. iPhone  Gamers, it’s up to you to help make this great game reach it’s potential.

Boom Shake iPhone Music Game

The Good

The Not So Good

Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 22, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 39.3 MB
Languages: English
© apalms
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> 0 Tapulous Has Another Hit With Riddim Ribbon for iPhone Tue, 09 Feb 2010 14:04:07 +0000 Read More]]> 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.

Riddim Ribbon iPhone Game

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.

Riddim Ribbon iPhone Game_1

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.

Riddim Ribbon iPhone Game_2

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.

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Reviewed By: Erin Peterson

Riddim Ribbon – I Gotta Feeling Demo

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 08, 2010
Version: 1.0.2
Size: 45.4 MB
Seller: Gogo Apps, Inc.
© Tapulous, Inc.

]]> 0 Tune Runner for iPhone Turns Your Music Into Adventure | Upcoming Game Sun, 07 Feb 2010 19:41:25 +0000 Read More]]> Tune Runner iPhone

There are a number of iPhone games that use music as a backdrop for game play. Tapulous’ popular Tap Tap Revenge series immediately comes to mind. The thing about games like Tap Tap Revenge is that they require you to buy content to play with which, on an iPhone full of music, might seem like a needless expense. The upcoming game Tune Runner from Appy Entertainment takes a more revolutionary path, using your existing music library as the in-game content.

In Tune Runner, the player must make their way through various environments by drawing the shapes that move from right to left on the screen. Successfully draw the shape through touch on the screen and your robot Grov-ee continues on his journey, unsuccessfully draw the shape and your robot loses a little bit of his life. If you miss enough shapes your life meter drains and your mission is over. As I alluded to in the beginning though, Tune Runner’s revolutionary aspect is in the creation of the game environment. Tune Runner scans the music on your iPhone and for each level played you select a song. The game then generates the level dynamically based on that song. Every level is different, no two plays are ever the same. Even two plays on the same song are different.

Tune Runner for iPhone also implements some nice extras in addition to the solid game play. Tune Runner implements full OpenFeint support with global high scores and achievements. Additionally, after you complete a song, your score is submitted against all other scores for that song. This is an interesting twist on social gaming since usually overall global high score is usually king.

The other interesting extra is how game play and game price are connected. Instead of pasting banner ads to every empty space in the application or charging more for the game, Tune Runner takes another approach. Each new game is allotted a certain number of plays of the game. To earn more plays of the game the user can either purchase them or earn them the Recharge mini-game. Purchasing them is a straightforward proposition. The Recharge mini-game is a little bit more interesting. Play is the same as the main game but instead of Grov-ee, a battery is displayed. Each shape that is successfully drawn places a bit more energy in the battery. When the battery reaches full charge an additional play is earned. To subsidize this, banner ads are displayed during the Recharge mini-game which is a small price to pay for this fun little mini-game and additional plays of the game.

I look forward to playing the final version of Tune Runner. It looks to be an innovative game with a fun and interesting interface. I think Appy has a winner on its hands.

Previewed By: Erin Peterson

Early Screenshots

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]]> 5 Get Ready To Roll With ‘Riddim Ribbon’ for iPhone On February 8 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:45:39 +0000 Read More]]> It is safe to say that Tapulous is undoubtedly the king of music games for iPhone and iPod touch. Tap Tap Revenge series has been a huge success and the developers continue to add more artists and have shown commitment to make their games better by constantly pushing updates. When the original Tap Tap Revenge was launched on App Store the game was able get more than 1 million users in just three weeks.

Riddim Ribbon for iPhone puts you into the role of a DJ and as you race down a ribbon your job is to follow the groove. The gameplay is accelerometer based as you tilt your device side to side to keep the ball on the green line. As you continue to roll you will be able to choose some remixes to your song and by the end of the game you will have a completely new mix which can be shared with your friends or challenge them to beat your sore.

The game was scheduled for October 2009 release and tapulous has been receiving emails about the release for quite a few days now and they recently updated their blog with the release date for Riddim Ribbon.

We are delighted to announce that Riddim Ribbon will launch on the App Store on Monday, February 8! We’ll release additional video clips and details about what to expect in the coming weeks, so check back soon.

The first special episode which will be available as in-app-purchase will be by Tiesto.

Riddim Ribbon – Boom Boom Pow Teaser

]]> 3 Thumpies For iPhone Coming Soon | Are You Ready To Thump? Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:01:04 +0000 Read More]]>

Rhythm based games have been very popular in the App Store. Tap Tap Revenge 3Guitar Rock Tour 2 and Rock Band for iPhone have proved to be the ‘must have music games’ for any iPhone or iPod touch user.

Big Blue Bubble developers of Elven Chronicles sent us an update regarding their upcoming game called ‘Thumpies’ which will be available in February.

Thumpies looks like an adorable rhythm based game crossed with some juggling fun.

Who are the Thumpies? To tell you the truth we’re not quite sure but they’re cute, a little evil and love to make noise. Located in a strange land just south of the South Pole, these creatures seem to communicate through rhythmic patterns which the player must decipher.

Put your rhythm skills to the test and try to keep up with these fast flying lovable creatures and unlock new levels and new fascinating creatures along the way.


The developers have posted the first trailer of Thumpies for iPhone on YouTube, check it out!


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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

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Reviewed by: Ravin

Expedited Review: Request received on 22/12/2009 , reviewed on 24/12/2009

8 Track Mind Trailer

]]> 0 Rock Band: Best Rhythm Game For The iPhone Mon, 26 Oct 2009 04:59:15 +0000 Read More]]> Rock Band iPhone_1

Rock Band iPhone_1

Rock Band [rating: 5/5]

The rhythm based music game genre has been going from strength to strength over the last few years from the monster cross platform selling Guitar Hero in it’s many forms to the iPhone touch classic of Tap Tap Revenge there is never a reason to not be rocking out and tapping along to your favorite tracks. And now the game that pushed this style of game on the consoles is now being launched on the iPhone/iPod touch by EA Mobile. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you the one, the only Rock Bank!

Everyone should know the premise of this style of game, you choose a song and in time with the music you tap the screen to build multipliers and ultimately the highest score that you can. The great thing about Rock Band though is you get four games in one with the option to play Bass, Guitar, Drums or Vocals, however it must be noted that with this version the vocal part of the game is not played by singing but also by tapping on the screen.

Rock Band iPhone

Rock Band iPhone

The handling of the vocal part of the game is pretty much the only difference in this immaculate port of this game. Playing the solo game allows you the Quick Play option but also allows you to take your band on Tour where your aim is to attract as many fans as possible, travel the world and most importantly unlock some of the 20 songs that aren’t initially available.

Talking of songs the is a good mix of tracks here including the Beastie Boys, Motorhead, Foo Fighters, Blondie and more. Just like the full version of this title there is also a Music Store to add additional content too. At present there are 6 music packs to download each containing 2 songs, one is a free pack while the rest will set you back 99c each. It remains to be seen if the music packs for the portable version of Rock Band will have a similar amount of content as the other versions.

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Rock Band iPhone_2

For those of you that want to fulfill the true spirit of the game and rock out with friends there are options to connect locally over Bluetooth which works perfectly and is great fun or to connect via Facebook. The Facebook option is a little different with the band members not participating in real time but instead playing their tracks interdependently before you are updated via the in messaging to enable you to view your scores and how many online fans you have gained too.

So as you can see there has been a lot packed into this app and it’s all presented beautifully too with the same style, graphics and sound effects being utilized through-out the game it’s as if you’ve zipped up your console and placed it in your pocket.

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Rock Band iPhone_3

The game plays as you would expect it too, the ‘beats’ scroll down the screen for the Bass, Guitar and Drums and while only the virtual buttons change all three over their unique take on each of the songs. The only difficulty I found was that as the buttons are virtual it can be a little easy at times to miss a note at a vital time.

The vocal aspect of the game plays horizontally across the screen and while it’s the same technique of tapping in time with the vocals this reviewer found it much more difficult than the vertical aspect of the three other modes.

Navigation system not only looks great but is also simple to use and as with the rest of the application if you are used to the console versions of the game you will find yourself perfectly at home here.

My recommendation is whether you are playing Rock Band on your own, over Bluetooth with friends or online via Facebook, plug in your head phones and rock out to the best rhythm game on the iPhone/iPod touch.

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Reviewed By: Craig Willis

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]]> 1 Rock Band for iPhone: First Screenshots and Info Thu, 08 Oct 2009 18:54:11 +0000 Read More]]> EA mobile is ready to rock this October and captivate us with their upcoming game Rock Band for iPhone/iPod touch. Today they updated their Facebook page with first screenshots, features and song list for their soon to be released game.

Rock Band is a music/rhythm based game, iPhone version of this genre defining game will feature 20 legendary songs and in-game Music Store to purchase additional tracks from OK Go, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz, Social Distortion, Devo, and more.

Games like Tap Tap Revenge 3 and Guitar Rock Tour have taken iPhone gaming to a new level of entertainment and with features like push notification and multiplayer, one can never get enough of it.

Game Features

Rock Band for iPhone: Song List

30 Seconds To Mars – “Attack”
AFI – “Girls Not Grey”
All American Rejects – “Move Along”
Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
Blink-182 – “All The Small Things”
Blondie – “Hanging on the Telephone”
Foo Fighters – “Learn To Fly”
Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
George Thorogood & the Destroyers – “Bad to The Bone”
Jethro Tull – “Hymn 43″
Joan Jett – “Hymn 43″
Lynard Skynard – “Simple Man”
Motorhead – “Ace of Spades ’08”
Pixies – “Debaser”
Presidents of The United States of America – “Ladybug”
Rise Against – “Give It All”
Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”
Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
Steve Miller Band – “Take The Money and Run”
The Go Go’s – “We Got The Beat”

First Screenshots (Scroll down for Video!)

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Rock Band: iPhone Gameplay

Video By: Touch Arcade

]]> 1 Guitar Rock Tour 2: Must Have For All Rock Music Lovers Fri, 02 Oct 2009 23:19:53 +0000 Read More]]>
Guitar Rock Tour 2

Guitar Rock Tour 2 [rating: 5/5]

Feel the rhythm and experience the world of stardom in this fascinating Rock ‘N Roll game!

The most rockin’ music game is back on your iPhone and iPod touch. More songs, more stages, more characters, new features… MORE ROCK!

Gameloft has been one of the major leaders in the mobile gaming market and are truly rockin’ App Store with over 6 Million games sold for iPhone/iPod touch. They have around 35 games available in the App Store, of which 18 have made the Top 10 Paid Games List worldwide.

One of the many reasons for Gameloft’s success has been their ability to develop high quality games fast and offer great entertainment value.

Guitar Rock Tour 2 is an immersive rhythm-based game where your object is to perform on stages all around the world and captivate your audience. The game allows you to create your profile starting with signing a contract (scribble on the touch screen), then choosing your character and instrument. Current version of Guitar Rock Tour 2 features drums and guitar as instruments.

The graphics set a new standard for iPhone games with attention to almost every aspect of a stage and this certainly enhances the game by creating a spellbound addiction. While you take the center stage during the live performance, other band members perform with you in the background.

Controls are simple and responsive, you tap the notes as they align with the pickup, tap and hold to score long notes. Complete power note sequence and fill the Pyro Meter and then shake your device or flick the switch to activate Pyro effect and let the crowd go wild.

Guitar Rock Tour 2 has three game modes: Quick Play, Career Mode and Multiplayer. Quick Play is great to get started quickly without going through any settings and jumping right into the gameplay. In Career Mode you advance by unlocking songs and performing in new locations along-with optional assignments. Multiplayer Mode offers the ability to play two player mode over local (wifi) network.

With an explosive list of licensed tracks such as “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”, “Call Me” and “Paranoid” Guitar Rock Tour 2 is a must have for all rock music lovers.

official-app-store-badge_touch_4Price: $4.99

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Guitar Rock Tour 2 – iPhone/iPod touch Cinematic Trailer

]]> 1 Hip Hop All Star: Let’s Get This Party Started! Thu, 01 Oct 2009 21:39:03 +0000 Read More]]> Hip Hop All Star iPhone

Hip Hop All Star iPhone

Hip Hop All Star [rating: 4.5/5]

Let’s get this party started! If you like hip-hop and Guitar Hero then you will love the latest game released by I-play. The game play requires you to touch a colored note as it enters spinning around the turntable to the matching colored button. This house party is sure to bust a move.

The game begins by entering DJ career mode where the player chooses a DJ. I chose Loco from LA to show off my scratchin’ skills. I spun my way through while proving my mixing skills dominated. Take down the house in 5 locations: house party, block party, lounge, night club and the arena. The goal is to get top ranking for all songs. Be careful, missing two many notes in a row cause you to plunge, losing the event and facing the consequences of trying again. Keep a good streak along the song to amplify the multiplier and value of notes you seize. Combo notes will pop you a boost and having a steady streak will activate the scratch mode.

Hip Hop All Star has great graphics and a simple user interface thanks to the touch controls. Loaded with a large hip hop track list featuring a mix of several old and new tunes to spin, new track packs will soon be added resulting in tons of replay value. “Challenge friends in real-time multiplayer DJ battles over WiFi and Blue Tooth.” Take pleasure in DJ boasting rights by sharing high scores and talking smack with your friends on the integrated Facebook feature.

Rock, spin and scratch your way to the top while proving you are the master of the house. Flash that bling while you tap your way to the app store to purchase this two thumbs up amazing track.

official-app-store-badge_touch_4Price: $2.99

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Reviewed By: Dana Sperling

Hip Hop All Star – iPhone game trailer feat. Kid Cudi

]]> 0 FAME! Give Your Fingers A Work Out Thu, 01 Oct 2009 06:07:59 +0000 Read More]]> FAME! [rating: 2.5/5]

Twenty nine years later a toned down remake of the 1980’s original Fame is created. Alongside the release of the remake comes the official FAME “rhythm dancing game for the iPhone/iPod touch.”

Fame iPhone Game

Fame iPhone Game

Let your fingers do the dancing and see how far you can go. The game includes 3 tracks from the remake along with 3 difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard). You choose the song and let your fingers tap and slide while you master each and every move. The goal is to dance, or in this case tap, your way to Fame!

I grew up singing and dancing away to the Oscar winning original score. Therefore the remake doesn’t have a chance in my book. That being said, the songs from the remake are nothing less than a headache. I think this app would have better luck if it incorporated the original songs that so many people fill their music libraries to on a daily basis. The dancing silhouette also did nothing for me. Adding real video of an actual person requiring the player to tap correctly in order for the person to dance and music to play would in my opinion make for a much better game.

However, for those who like to give their fingers a work out and were not around to enjoy the old tunes, may find this to be a nice addition. No leg warmers required.

official-app-store-badge_touch_4Price: $2.99

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Reviewed By: Dana Sperling

Fame iPhone Game Trailer

]]> 0 Music Quiz Frenzy Adds Extra Dimension To Your iPhone Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:57:40 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone Music Coverflow

Music Quiz Frenzy [rating: 3.5/5]

Quizzes are as popular as ever thanks to email and Facebook quizzes while music is perfectly at home on an iPhone/iPod Touch so any app that can combine the two well is going to be successful and that’s just what Music Quiz Frenzy (MQF) is attempting to achieve in a way that makes the quiz unique and personal to everyone who owns an iPhone/iPod Touch.

Music Quiz Frenzy is a music quiz game based on your iPod / iPhone library.
The device lets your hear a song that you should recognize (suggested answers also come from your iPod)

MQF uses the music on your iPhone/iPod Touch and plays it to you for you to guess. The graphics and layout of the app are simple but effective and after starting the game a random track from your personal music library starts playing and you are presented with 6 options of which artist or track is playing. The faster you correctly guess the more points you get and find it really fast and you’ll earn a joker.

Your Jokers give you a little advantage on later tracks including the ability to fast forward the song, skip a track completely or reduce your choices and these can come in very handy if you have a large library of songs.

You take on a friend via it’s two player mode where two people can take end of the screen and can battle it out to recognize the most tracks in the fastest times. What is nice about the two player mode is that when the other person makes their choice it’s not displayed to the other player until they make their guess so cheating is limited and is not going to benefit anyone! What would be good though is to have the ability to handicap the owner of the iPhone/iPod Touch as they will have a better knowledge of the tracks on offer.

There are many options in this game too which is always nice. For example you can choose to play songs from your entire library, only the 25 most played tracks or only tracks from the 90’s for example. Your choices can also be limited to between 3 to 6 answers, the number of songs can be changed and the time limit for you to make you guess can also be adjusted to make the quiz easier or harder as you like.

The addition of some online tracks would be nice to add some variety and to make the two player game a little fairer, although given licensing rules I can see that this could be tricky to instigate, and a high score board is lacking too. All in all for $1.99 this adds an extra dimension to your iPhone/iPod Touch and can really help dig out some hidden treasures in your music collection.

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Price $1.99

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Reviewed By: Craig Willis

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