Audi A1 Beat Driver Review
- Publisher: VEEMEE
- Arcade-style rhythm gameplay.
- Great selection of rock tracks.
- More musical variety needed for broader appeal.
- 'No fail' gameplay with little replay challenge.
You may not be tempted to buy an A1 after playing Beat Driver, but the 'Audiosurf' inspired gameplay is fun - if only a little watered down for the iPhone.
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Audi A1 Beat Driver by VEEMEE may feel like an excessive attempt at marketing, but instead of the usual 'racer' that most people would expect they've decided to opt for a music rhythm game. 'A rhythm game?' I hear you ask? Why yes, VEEMEE has paired great new rock tracks with gameplay taken from the popular indie PC game 'Audiosurf' and throws Audi branding in to the mix to come up with a cocktail that's surprisingly palatable.
Similar to most rhythm games, 'beats' appear in multiple lanes in a stylization of the music being played. However, instead of passively waiting for beats to fall down, your car is driven along the track and must be steered to catch beats and multipliers as you pass them. Hitting beats increases your multiplier bar and once it's full the screen must be tapped to advance the counter for a new load of beats. Swipe or touch controls are available and while the touch controls are more precise, you'll find the game much easier using the swipe to control your A1.
Each track is a euphoric mix of beating digital lines and neon polygons that make the highly detailed A1's look entirely out of place for its surroundings. Nine tracks in total are available for the non-Lite version and provide an interesting gamut of bands to enjoy like Torpedo, Metric, The Rakes and After The Fall.
Beat Driver is a bizarre mix of music and visuals that definitely belong in an ad campaign and not a game, but the fun gameplay manages to work despite these clashing themes.