BIT.TRIP BEAT Review
- Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc.
- Genre: Arcade
- Released: 30 Sep, 2010
- Size: 32.3 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Pong with a frantic hyper-color edge to it.
- Tilt or touch controls.
- Local or online co-operative play.
- Lengthy levels with no checkpoint or breaks to smooth progression out.
Fans of the WiiWare original that aren't already tired of BEAT will definitely find this App to be a boon, but the crazy speed and lengthy levels may prove tiresome to most casual gamers.
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If we consider Pong to be the equivalent of a popular child actor of its time - seen everywhere, but not quite fulfilling its potential - then BIT.TRIP BEAT is that child actor's attempt to reinvent itself during the heady early 90's period, full of synth beats and slatherings of neon to hide its aging concept.
That may sound harsh, but BIT.TRIP BEAT by Namco is a hard title to enjoy despite its basic gaming roots of hitting pixels back with a paddle you can move up and down the screen. Players can choose either tilt or touch controls, though neither feel entirely comfortable as rocking back and forth can get tiresome over the extremely lengthy periods that make up each level; and the touch controls force you to use what little screen space you have to quickly judge the path of incoming pixels.
And this doesn't even begin to touch on the confusion brought about by your paddle or the pixels blending in to the distracting background artwork (the second level felt especially nightmarish for this) and the somewhat nonsense aural feedback that doesn't quite blend with the beats humming in the background.
The ability to purchase new levels and App Store exclusive content does make this a good buy for those who were fans of the WiiWare title and the inclusion of GameCenter supported local and online multiplayer is appreciated, but BIT.TRIP BEAT is a hard game to master and is really only recommended for gamers after an intense arcade challenge.
DescriptionWon TouchGen's Editor's Choice Awards 2010 in the Best Music Game Category!
"Featured in Apple's Rewind 2010!"
Editor’s Choice Award (4.5/5) – TouchGen
Bronze Award – Pocket Gamer
**BIT.TRIP BEAT supports Apple Game Center with Leaderboards, Achievements & Head to Head Multiplayer.**
BIT.TRIP BEAT is the arcade game for the new millennium, fusing Pong with interactive beats. Use the accelerometer or touch controls to move the paddle up and down bouncing beats back from which they came! Listen and react to different beat progressions as you try to survive an onslaught of spectacular retro visuals. Successfully chain beats and obtain the megasphere to go for insane scores, not to mention the elusive "Perfect Score." Team-up with your friends for the intense Multiplayer Gameplay Mode! Bounce to the beat with BIT.TRIP BEAT!
We recommend that you update your device to the latest iOS version before playing.
What's New in Version 1.1.3Fixes beat timing for incoming and outbound beats
Menu option added to restore In-App Purchases