Gameloft‘s new music rhythm game Guitar Rock Tour 2 has just come out for $4.99. The game is familiar to those who have played the original, or any of the Guitar Hero or Rock Band games. You choose a song, and notes scroll down to the bottom of the screen which you must tap in rhythm.
The game features drums and guitar to play with, and highlights these songs as some of the best ones: “Call Me, Born To Be Wild, Sweet Home Alabama, 9 In The Afternoon, Paranoid, Helicopter, I Love Rock ‘N Roll, I Wanna Rock, Woman”. It’s important to remember that all the songs are cover versions.
Downloadable content is what really makes this sequel interesting. While none are available yet, you will be able to pick and choose new songs to purchase and add to your music collection in the game. There’s no word on the pricing for new songs.
If you’d like to try out the game before buying, there is a lite version of the previous game available. Otherwise, check out Guitar Rock Tour 2 on the app store.
Some news has surfaced that Tapulous has signed a deal with Universal Music Group. What this means for fans of the series is that you can expect around six premium track packs from the label by the end of the year. Some names were given on which artists we can expect: Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas.
The latest offering in premium track packs from Tapulous and coming from this new deal is Lady Gaga Revenge. You’ll find 14 tracks from her, including four remixes. As with all the other track packs, all the songs in this version can be imported into Tap Tap Revenge 2. The most interesting part of this version is that the boss tracks are playable in a horizontal mode, with four rails of notes coming down at you. Surprisingly, the theme is actually one of the best I’ve seen for Tap Tap songs.
How does paying for each song that you want in Tap Tap sound to you? With the next firmware arriving soon, Tapulous will be able to offer additional songs to you for a price. This business model will fit perfectly with the game, and should make it a great platform. The cited price is “around $0.50 each” for a song.
Tapulous have put out an update to Tap Tap Revenge 2, bringing it to version 2.5. This is a significant update that comes with quite a few new features. Specifically, the one I’ve been enjoying the most is the ability to import premium content into Tap Tap Revenge 2. So, for example, if you own Tap Tap Dance, all the songs from that game can be imported directly into TTR 2. Imported tracks keep their visual style, and the other game can then be deleted off your iPod.
This is a great move in pushing the Tap Tap Revenge series into a true platform. The paid versions of TTR are now like track packs from Rock Band, with full importing. It’s worked for me: I just bought another track pack today because I love the importing feature. It works flawlessly, and having all my music consolidated into one place makes it a lot more convienent to play.
Other new features include support for themes for each songs, and challenges that can be issued to other players. The gameplay interface has been tweaked, although my first impression is that the changes are a bit of a step backwards in the development of the game.
Lastly, there’s an interesting levelling feature that is designed to gear us up for Tap Tap Revenge 3. Here’s what Tapulous had to say:
In Tap Tap Revenge 2.5 you get points for every game you play – and more points for online games. Head over to the feed (the button below the main featured button) and you can see how many points you’ve accumulated and what level you’re at. In Tap Tap Revenge 3, you’ll be able to cool stuff with the points that you’re earning now.
So, we get to use these points that are accumulated now in the next game. Sounds good to me! Check out the update of Tap Tap Revenge 2 on the App Store.
Update: Looking to find out how to get your custom tracks imported? Here’s how to do it:
Purchase a premium pack.
Start up the purchased game, and make sure you are online. This will let the server know you have bought the game.
Now start up Tap Tap Revenge 2.
Choose “Free Tracks”.
Choose “New Music”.
Scroll to the bottom, and you should now see your purchased pack available as a listing. Choose it, and download all tracks.