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Tap Tap Revenge 3 Review: Open the DLC Floodgates

Tap Tap Revenge 3‘s launch wasn’t a pleasant purchase.  You couldn’t import your previous track packs, DLC wasn’t working, batch downloading of free songs wasn’t available, and even more issues appeared.  Thankfully, Tapulous quickly responeded to feedback and began adding features that we’ve become accustomed to in TTR2.  After giving them some time to iron out server issues, I’ve been having a lot of fun playing through TTR3 and enjoying some of the new music.

This version of Tap Tap Revenge features several gameplay changes.  Firstly, 8x the points is no longer the cap for a multiplier to your score.  If you’re familiar with the Guitar Hero or Rock Band series, you’ll know that star power notes appear at different points in songs.  If you can hit that small streak of notes perfectly, you are awarded with star power.  In this game, you can use it by hitting the star at the side of the screen, and it will temporarily give you a 16x points bonus.  Another enhancement is an added indication of the timing of your hits on notes at the top right of the screen.  Tap Tap Revenge 3 also marks the first time that paid DLC is available in the game.  Don’t worry: there’s still free DLC, to the tune of over 100 tracks and new songs coming weekly.  Another interesting addition is the levelling up system and avatar store.  As you play the game, you earn coins and level up your avatar.  You can customize this avatar by spending your coins in the avatar store.  It’s not something that I spent much time with, but the idea of levelling up is something that should keep most gamers hooked.  After spending quite a bit of time with the game, let’s see how it stacks up.

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Downloadable content: The ability for Tapulous to sell new content now directly in the game is an important step forward into making Tap Tap Revenge a real platform for playing music.  While they were able to get around that problem in TTR2 by selling track packs and letting you import them, there’s no doubt that this distrubution model will mean more songs getting into our hands quicker.  The current DLC packs will not satisfy everyone’s taste, but with Foo Fighters, The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins, Phoenix, and Queens of the Stone Age, you have a better chance of finding some music you’ll like than in previous versions.  Mini albums of six songs cost $2.99 and track packs with two songs cost $0.99.

Online attacks: Multiplayer has been improved by adding attacks into the game.  Star power sections that normally give you a 16x point boost now give you attacks to use on other players while online.  Attacks range from muting their audio, splashing goo on their screen, to speeding up their note chart.  The attacks make each online game unique and add some flavour to each song by keeping you on your toes.

Better Interface: Loading up song lists on my iPod Touch 2G would typically take 25 seconds each time I wanted to play a song in TTR2.  Thankfully, this has been addressed.  There are shortcuts to switch between difficulty levels for songs, and each loads immediately.  A retry button is a thankful addition that appears now after you finish a song.  The default game background when playing a song initially comes off as saccharine, yet it grew on me over time.

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Note Chart Lag: It’s a problem that the Tap Tap Revenge series can’t seem to shake.  When you’re trying to get a full combo, there’s nothing more frustrating than losing it due to the game lagging.  I’ve found that the single player game runs smoothly.  When online though, some games will lag more than others and become impossible to full combo because of the lag.  It’s an frustrating problem that you are forced to accept.

Tap Tap Revenge 3 has an improved interface and new gameplay elements that make this game a worthy purchase.  There’s several new songs that I bought immediately and I’m excited to see what music Tapulous will bring in the future.  The online multiplayer is a lot more interesting now because of attacks, and a lot more competitive for that reason.  Be careful though: while the ticket of admission is only $0.99, you may find yourself spending more than you’d like on track packs as you play the game!

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Tap Tap Revenge 3 was developed by Tapulous and is available for $0.99.  I played through version 3.0 on an iPod Touch 2G.

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Rock Band Coming Soon

For those that can’t get enough Rock Band on consoles, you’ll be able to play Rock Band on your iPhone very soon.  EA Mobile has already submitted the game to Apple, and you should be playing it within the next two weeks.

Playing Rock Band on the iPhone will be instantly familiar.  A lane of four track notes come down and you tap them in rhythm, depending on the instrument you’re playing.  Rock Band also has DLC coming too.  You’ll be able to buy track packs of two songs for a total of $0.99.
Here’s a list of the songs that the game is launching with:
  • Attack – 30 Seconds To Mars
  • Girls Not Grey – AFI
  • Move Along – All-American Rejects
  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys
  • All The Small Things – Blink-182
  • Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
  • Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Bad to The Bone – George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • Hymn 43 – Jethro Tull
  • Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
  • Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Ace of Spades ’08 – Motorhead
  • Debaser – Pixies
  • Ladybug – Presidents of The United States of America
  • Give It All – Rise Against
  • Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
  • Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Take The Money and Run – Steve Miller Band
  • We Got The Beat – The Go Go’s

Read full details from EA at the Rock Band forums.  Also, check out the Touch Arcade scoop that has a hands on video.

Tap Tap Revenge 3 Out Now, Issues Galore

The DLC powered iteration of the Tap Tap series has just gone live: Tap Tap Revenge 3, and it’s available for $0.99.  If you’re wondering why the price isn’t free this time around, Apple’s rules require any games that serve DLC to not be free.  Tap Tap Revenge 3 brings a fully redesigned interface, new music, and DLC available to buy through their store.

Those familiar with the track list for Tap Tap Revenge 2 will find lots of new songs.  Here’s a quick overview from Tapulous:

Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Tiesto, The Killers, (deep inhale), Korn, Megadeth, QOTSA, Weezer, AAR, AFI, Keith Urban, Crystal Method, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name just a few of the over 40 premium, specially themed premium tracks available for download.

Track packs of two songs sell for $0.99, and six packs go for $2.99.

Unfortunately, any fun you might have never gets a chance to begin.  Song DLC is currently not working at all.  I’ve bought and rebought DLC, only to have none of it appear in my track listings.  That’s a shame, since there’s only three songs packed in with the game.  I’ve found no way to import all those DLC packs I bought earlier, like in TTR2; Tapulous only provides me with a convenient link to iTunes to buy the games again.  And remember being able to download all free tracks with a quick tap?  Gone.

To download songs, you need to browse through and individually download them from the free song list.  It’s an absolutely frustrating design choice, especially since this feature was already implemented in TTR2. Lastly, during my first ten minutes of playing the game, it froze three times, including the first boot screen.

With all the current problems plaguing Tap Tap Revenge 3, I’m going to recommend staying away for a bit.  There’s no doubt that Tapulous’ servers are getting hit hard with this new release.  You’re best bet is to wait and grab the game tomorrow, and hope it’s working then.

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Dance Dance Revolution S Drops to the Bargain Bin

Konami originally brought Dance Dance Revolution S to the iPhone back in March at the price of $6.99.  If you’ve held off buying until now, the price has dropped to only $0.99.

Dance Dance Revolution S features gameplay that’s very similar to the arcade and console versions of the popular music series.  As arrows come down the screen, you need to tap them in time with the rhythm of the music to score points and create streaks.

For $0.99, this may be a good break for those looking to take some time off from Tap Tap Revenge.  Check out Dance Dance Revolution S on the app store now, before the price rises back up.

Guitar Rock Tour 2 Review: I Wanna Rock N’ Roll All Nite

Gameloft has been on a roll lately announcing almost 4 games including Gangstar: West Coast Hustle and Modern Combat: Sandstorm.  They just recently released Guitar Rock Tour 2, the sequel to their other rock rhythm game Guitar Rock Tour.  With so many other rhythm games in the App Store, competition is extremely tough, and rhythm games need to offer more than looks nowadays.  Guitar Rock Tour 2 has the looks, but does it have that pinch of fun?

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Various Characters: Guitar Rock Tour 2 features many characters, around 10, and each one has their own style and look.  I really like choosing your own character, which is very similar to Guitar Hero for the consoles.  Character models aren’t bad either, and I found the characters to be pretty well designed.

Great Graphics: Want to see good graphics?  Look at Guitar Rock Tour 2.  Background images are clear, crisp, bright, and just plain beautiful.  Gameloft has been pretty consistent in providing great graphics in all their games, and Guitar Rock Tour 2 is no different.  The big showers of sparks and lights flashing through the stage is beautifully rendered to look somewhat realistic and most important of all, good.

Song List: Song list isn’t too long; the game only features around 18 songs.  Although the song list is small, I found each song to be true to classic rock and not the present day music we call rock.  One of my main gripes in Guitar Rock Tour was the fact that it included Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne and called it rock.  Guitar Rock Tour 2 seems to improve the song list, and I found to enjoy every song so far.

Dislikes

Not Too Difficult: I found the game to be pretty easy, and each song was not a pain at all to pass.  Compared to BeatRider Touch, Guitar Rock Tour 2 was a breeze to play even on the highest difficulty level, and the game was just too easy.  Don’t get me wrong, some songs had some difficult notes to hit, but overall the songs were all easy to pass.

Repetitive: Playing the songs and unlocking each location was a little repetitive, and I found it to be somewhat of a burden to play more than 3 songs in a row.  1 or 2 songs in a row was okay, but playing the game for over 15 minutes got pretty repetitive.  I think this does have to do with the easy difficulty, but again, the game is apparently a little repetitive.

Guitar Rock Tour 2 is a significant improvement from Guitar Rock Tour, and I found the new additions to be welcoming.  Once Gameloft ups the difficulty a little bit, the game can be a perfect rhythm game.  From all I know, Guitar Rock Tour 2 is the closest game you will ever get to Guitar Hero for the iPhone unless, of course, Activision releases their own version of Guitar Hero.  Gameloft did a pretty good job with executing and creating an overall enjoyable game experience, and the game should be on your list if you even slightly liked the first version of this game.

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Guitar Rock Tour 2 was developed by Gameloft, and I played through version 2.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $4.99.

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