Party Gods in Review – Most Excellent, or a Bummer?
Forget the multitude of Guitar Hero clones that are out there.Â When it comes to rhythm based games I prefer something wacky and different, and Party Gods certainly delivers in that regards.Â As I continually discover when Iâ€™m playing rhythm games, however, I apparently have no clue what a beat is.Â My biggest frustration with this game is that I am continually getting â€œOff Beatâ€ messages even when I donâ€™t think I am, which can really break your concentration.Â Still, I like the general vibe that Party Gods exudes, and I think with a little refinement it could be something special within the category of rhythm games for iOS devices.
You control one of three animal dancers, and your task is to rock to the music and defeat the bunny hordes.Â The game actually has a slight bit of a story which is pretty silly yet adds to the overall charm of the game.Â Playing the game is a simple matter of tapping a bunny on the screen on the beat of the song you are listening to.Â Unlike most rhythm games you arenâ€™t necessarily penalized for a missed tap or an off-beat blunder, but it does give you less time to make the right moves.Â If one bunny gets to your dancer in the middle of the screen then itâ€™s the last dance for you and you have to start over again.Â There are three dancers to master altogether, and to get to the second and third dancers you must complete a certain percentage of a song with the previous dancer.
This is where the â€œunfortunatelyâ€ part of the review comes in.Â Sadly, this is really about all there is to the game.Â Unlike most rhythm games Iâ€™ve played where you get a percentage rank per song, in Party Gods your percentage complete is by dancer, so if youâ€™re skilled enough to get there you only have to do it three times, one for each participant.Â There arenâ€™t any stats either, which means you have no idea what your best songs are, or how many times youâ€™ve tried each one or anything like that.Â This all wouldnâ€™t be quite as bad if there were some sort of way to compare your skills with other partiers, but alas that doesnâ€™t exist either.Â There are 5 achievements to earn, but you canâ€™t even find out about those unless you exit the game and go into the dedicated Game Center app.Â It just seems like the game needs to give the user more rewards for their efforts, especially when it comes to players like me that have no rhythm to begin with.
The other big issue I have with this game is the music.Â The video preview of the game is correct in saying that the music can induce toe-tapping, but I think thatâ€™s more due to skillful use of beats and rhythms.Â Typically for this genre of game I tend to make comments like â€œnormally I wouldnâ€™t listen to this type of music but here it worksâ€, but in this case I donâ€™t even care for the music in the context of the game.Â It all pretty much sounds the same to me, which becomes frustrating when I tap the shuffle button and it doesnâ€™t sound like anything has changed.Â As for the visuals, I like the overall design, but it has a weird 3D effect that actually becomes hard to look at after a while.Â Add to that the â€œexplosionsâ€ that occur when you tap a bunny, and sometimes itâ€™s difficult to tell exactly whatâ€™s going on, especially when it comes to seeing other bunnies on the screen.
Party Gods has a lot of potential.Â Thereâ€™s a quirky plot, killer bunnies and a trio of animals that could dance a Saturday Night Fever induced John Travolta under the table.Â It just seems like thereâ€™s not enough actual game in Party Gods right now.Â A more diverse soundtrack wouldnâ€™t hurt anything either.
|Title:||Party Gods||Developer:||Chopsticks Games|
|Reviewed Ver:||18.104.22.168||Min OS Req:||Â iOS 7.0|