Cost: $0.99 | Developer:Taito | Platform: iPad/ iPhone/ | Version 1.0.0 | 71.6 MB | iOS 4.2 required
It’s not going to make you more productive, and if you were using it at work your boss would be less than pleased, but Groove Coaster is utterly essential stuff.
Yes, it’s a game. But, unlike say Angry Birds, this game verges on art. The interplay between music and visuals is the kind of thing you’d expect to see at a new media art exhibition, and because of this it’s a hugely engaging game.
It plays simply enough – there’s a little avatar travelling along a set path. At points on that path and in time with the music track, the game will ask you to tap the screen. The closer to the beat you get, the more points you get.
It’s a standard rhythm game, but what sets this one apart is the sheer quality of the music, which successfully melds techno and more traditional genres into a club-like throbbing vibe, and the dynamic and vibrant visual style.
For the base download you’re only getting 15 tracks, but more can be purchased from the in-app shop. Three difficulty levels will keep you busy either way.
Pros: Brilliant music, simple but effective game play, vibrant visual style.
Cons: Iit’s a music game - unlike Angry Birds - so you can’t play it while pretending to pay attention in a meeting.
Verdict: Anybody who believes that games can be art or, more plainly, anybody who wants to play a game that is fun should buy this.
Get it here: Apple App Store
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