The music genre doesn't seem nearly as cluttered on iOS as it does on consoles, which means there's room for more on the App Store. That said, we dig Moonshark's DancePad, an exclusive iPad rhythm game that attempts to translate moves normally done with your feet to touchscreens, where you poke, drag and hold to the beat.
Available for free, this addictive title displays blue and red foot icons representing left and right, respectively. As you play, shrinking circles appear over these icons. When both edges meet, you press in time with the music, sort of like Nintendo's Elite Beat Agents for DS. In addition, you'll press and hold icons for different amounts of time, and even drag them at varying speeds.
The goal is to basically hit these notes to score tons of points while at the same time getting into a groove. Succeed, and you'll earn up to three stars per stage and unlock a new selection of tracks. Then, if you enjoy the experience, there's an additional 80 levels currently available for a temporary sale price of $0.99.
Have to admit, DancePad's cool. Not only does it have style (the trailer's amusing), but the music also fits the overall mood, despite the soundtrack lacking star power. That's a bit strange, seeing as how Moonshark launched DancePad alongside Jennifer Lopez, and her songs are nowhere to be found. Definitely a missed opportunity, though to be fair, what's here works; get ready to meet The Whigs, Blaqstarr and Saint Motel; to be fair, we did recognize the Jabbawockeez.
On top of that, while the gameplay works well enough, fingers occasionally get in the way of the action, which may or may not lead to some mistimed (or simply missed) presses. That can be a bit frustrating on the tougher stagers that demand speed and precision.
Finally, the developers kill the music prematurely. You'll start to get the hang of things and then, suddenly, the song stops. If anything, it left us wanting more. A shame, since Moonshark's game is so enjoyable.
With this in mind, DancePad still manages to stand out from the crowd, and considering the spike in difficulty, offers a welcome break from all the zombie shooters and running games that dominate the mobile scene. Worth a free download, and we'll cross our fingers that Moonshark expands on this concept in the months ahead, perhaps with some actual support from Ms. Lopez.
What's Hot: Free to play, fun and addictive concept, 100 levels (needs IAP), foot-tapping soundtrack.
What's Not: Music abruptly ends, no real star power, waste of Jennifer Lopez.