Beat It! In Review – Tap dance like a monkey

review-beat-it3Beat It! is a beat-matching game for iDevices available at an App Store near you. Developed by Glu, this game has quickly risen through the ranks to be one of the most downloaded games as of this writing, and it’s easy to see why. Beat It!’s mix of music game, puzzle solving, and the bright 8-bit style visuals sets this game apart from anything else I have played on the iPhone.

The goal of Beat It! is simple: 1. Listen to the track 2. Lay down the notes and 3. Match the beat. That’s all there is to it. When you first enter career mode, the game has several “Getting Started” stages that will teach you how to play. Your speed in finishing the stage and unlocking power-ups will affect your overall score for a stage.

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First, a slider appears at the top, to show the tempo of the song as a light bar travels through it and the song plays. You have to listen very carefully (headphones work best) because this is the beat you’re gonna recreate. A countdown starts…and you’re thrust into the playing field: an empty grid ready to be filled by your skilled fingers! The game includes a button to replay the beat in case you didn’t get it the first time. Every time you place a block in the correct place, it starts shining. Once you’ve placed every one, the music stops and they all light up. Congratulations, you’ve beaten Beat It!…or at least this stage. Be ready for more and more instrument tracks!

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This fun and unique approach to music puzzle games will keep you hooked for hours. It may seem staggering at first, but Beat It! gently raises the difficulty, so you can learn while never being overwhelmed. You get a visual aid to show your progress in the form of the growing city in your background. It grows as you grow, which I find a nice, personal touch by the developers. However, not all is perfect in this game.

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One of the faults I had with earlier versions of my previously reviewed app, Dopplerpad, was the lack of exporting of your creations. Newer versions have since added a wifi sync option. In Beat It’s free play mode, you can create and save tracks, but there is no way to export them. Being able to save and share your creations and challenge your friends would be a nice ‘multiplayer’ touch on this game. The absence of this feature is a shame, because the simplistic nature of Beat It’s music creation would appeal to those who find Dopplerpad’s advanced features confusing. This is the only blemish I could find in an otherwise outstanding game.

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App Summary
Title:Beat It!Developer:Glu
Reviewed Ver:1.0.0Min OS Req:2.2.1
Price:$2.99App Size:0.6 MB
  • Outstanding yet simplen music puzzle concept
  • Growing city in the background a nice visual touch
  • Lack of exporting custom tracks

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This review was brought to you by TouchMyApps contributor Ed Fonseca. You can find him on twitter here

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