Let’s TAP: Rhythm Tap

Let’s TAP: Rhythm Tap

What we liked:

+ Variety of music
+ Playful aesthetic

What we didn't like:

- Often confusing
- Tap controls don't seem ideal

DEVELOPER: iPrope   |   PUBLISHER: Sega   |   RELEASE: 10/16/2009
The rhythm isn’t gonna get you.

Prope’s Wii collection of games are in your iPhone! The Let’s Tap series, famed for its vibration-based controls, now have you putting your iPhone on a tissue box so you can tap-tap-tap away. Lacking a tissue box on your morning commute, you can select the Touch mode that allows tapping on the screen or the Free mode that lets you tap any part of the phone. Having tried out all three methods, I’ll save you some time: you will want to keep a tissue box handy. With the Let’s Tap series broken into five small games for the Apple devices, we will serve up our analyses here in bite-sized reviews for each.

Rhythm Tap offers up a selection of brief musical styling for you to tap your way through. By tapping in time to the music you hit music markers from the right side of the screen. Combos are triggered by successive correct taps, and net you higher scores. Otherwise, your score is derived from the number of taps out of a total possible you managed to land. At the completion of each song you are awarded a rank, and your top five scores are recorded. If you fall in love with any of the jams, there is also a little “Buy Truck” button in the lower left. Buy track perhaps?

It seems counter intuitive, but tapping to the rhythm is actually one of the trickier offerings in the Let’s Tap iDevice series. Accepting a call interrupted the game and I had to start my song over. Disappointing, but given the difficulty of maintaining the rhythm I’m not sure how well I would have fared diving back in. Because this one requires some of the most vigorous tapping, it’s worth bringing up some of the fun tutorial messages offered in each of the Tap games. In this case, the reminder that box tapping can be a source of noise, so you should “be courteous not to disturb those around you while playing”. I kind of wish online multi-player games came with that warning. In the end Rhythm Tap did not stick with me, and is hard to recommend unless you’re really into Japanese game music and tapping to the beat.

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