Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Groove Coaster - iPad

The iPad is home to some wonderful experiences but Groove Coaster may be the best game I've played on Apple's tablet this side of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

For just 69p - the price will rise over the coming days - you get a beautiful and spellbinding rhythm action game which busts to life thanks to its fizzing neon visuals and generous offering of music tracks.

Your changeable avatar - which ranges from a simple cross hair to an army of space invaders - travels along a twisting line through colourful wire-frame environments.

The line is punctuated by a series of circles and as you pass over them, a tap on the screen keeps the beat going. The difficulty soon ramps up and the player has to hold notes, side-swipe prompts and repeatedly tap the line to keep the flow going.

All 17 tracks have three difficulty levels, while new avatars, items and background bursts can be unlocked as you play. Two extra tracks also appear as in-game purchases, making Groove Coaster incredible value for money.

It's by Taito - the same team who brought us the magnificent Space Invaders: Infinity Gene - and anyone who holds classics such as Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, PaRappa the Rapper or Gitaroo Man close to their heart will lap this up.

Buy in now before the price rise and experience something truly special.

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