The makers of TapTap/TapTapRevenge have come out with another fast-action music game, called “Riddim Ribbon” (featuring Black Eyed Peas), for the iPhone. Those familiar with the TapTap releases will recognize the iconic style elements of the game but don’t worry about Tapulous just coming out with another variation of their original hit though because the vibrant, glowy neons graphics contrasted against a dark background and the upbeat choices of music are pretty much where the similarities end.
Every track on Riddim Ribbon is a literal track where your goal is to keep the ball within the colored track, kind of like keeping the needle within the groove of a vinyl record. There are points in the game where the track splits in two and it is up to you to choose which remix will be played. Grabbing the “pebbles” and loops on the track will result in increased points and multipliers and straying from the track will result in losing the melody and some lost points. As with other musically inclined games like Guitar Hero, the altered pitch and tempo of the songs aren’t the most pleasant to hear so don’t expect to be able to fully enjoy the music if you’re not close to spot on with your game.
Though tilt-based games are nothing new (Super Monkey Ball comes to mind), the iPhone is really the first platform that seems almost made for these types of games. Riddim Ribbon is an entirely accelerometer-controlled game and its utilization of the iPhone’s tilt sensitivity is pretty impressive. I was more inclined to attribute any awkwardness and trouble I had staying on track to my own lack of coordination and skill. However, as of this review, Tapulous just released an update that included a customizable sensitivity gauge and a reverse camera tilt option along with less overt melodic changes when off-track which is helpful to my cause.
This initial release of Riddim Ribbon features Black Eyed Peas, with other purchase-able songs from Tiesto (“Escape Me” and “Louder than Boom”) and Benny Benassi (“Satisfaction”) and the 3 main songs being “Meet Me Halfway,” “Boom Boom Pow,” and “I Gotta Feeling.” Though some may be disappointed over the sparse and limited collection, a complaint which is sure to be abetted in future updates and releases, the upbeat tempos and energetic melodies of the Black Eyed Peas fit the game quite well and are a solid choice for Riddim Ribbon’s debut in the AppStore.
Here is a video demo of the Riddim Ribbon app on the iPhone
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