Tap Tap Dance
Some gamers describe Tap Tap Dance as better than Guitar Hero and Rock Band. To those people we say, restrain yourselves.
Tap Tap Revenge is a popular music app for iPhone that sort of plays like Guitar Hero and Rock Band in the sense that musical notes stream down the screen and you press them as they reach the bottom to score points. We downloaded it because its publisher, Tapulous, released it for free and we're liable to play anything that doesn't have a dollar value attached to it. Its latest sequel, Tap Tap Dance, comes with a laughable $4.99 price tag. Tap Tap is far from enjoyable on the free market, so forking over five bucks for what is ultimately a sub-par Guitar Hero rip-off is a waste of money.
Unlike the Nine Inch Nails edition that features 13 songs from the popular band, Tap Tap Dance is an electronica version that sports ten tracks including Moby's "Disco Lies (Remix)", the Chemical Brothers' "Midnight Madness" and the always annoying "Where's Your Head At" by Basement Jaxx. With only ten tracks spread across four difficulty levels, it doesn't take long before the music got on our nerves. The fact that we had to replay the same songs to unlock additional difficulties drove us nutty.
Soundtrack aside, Tap Tap Dance scores a two out of five simply because it's boring and not much fun to play. You sit there pressing notes as they hit the bottom of the screen, all the while wracking up thousands of points. That'd be fine if there was some sort of challenge, but in Tap Tap, there's no such thing as Game Over. Instead, you lose points for every missed note and plunge into negative values. Had the designers forced us to press buttons to keep the music playing, their game would've scored higher.
In addition to mindless note pressing, there are arrows (up, left and right) that encourage you to shake your iPhone in the desired direction. Not only does this take our eyes off the screen, but it puts our precious phones in jeopardy. Sorry, but we have no intention of watching our iPhones sail from our hands and into the nearest wall.
That said, there are plenty of gamers that love the Tap Tap series and that's fine because it's worth about an hour of your time. We, unfortunately, failed to connect with the latest version, especially after downloading the original free of charge. Yes, we know it has more songs and snazzier special effects, but $5? Wait for a price drop.
What's Hot: Psychedelic special effects, four difficulty levels.
What's Not: Only ten songs, music plays regardless of whether you press anything.