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.
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.
- New take on the rhythm genre
- Solid cartoon style graphics
- Watch songs before you play
- Only 4 tracks
- Some notes off beat
Sudden Tap Final Trailer – May 2010 Full Version[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMUPYAf6Mk4]
Price: $0.99 (App Store)
Updated:20 August 2010
Size: 26.3 MB
Languages:English, Italian, Spanish
© 2008 Alex Tinti, Gabriella Frongia
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.