Developer: Tapulous, Inc.
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
Tap Tap Dance is a new release from Tapulous and is packed with new songs and gameplay features. If your interested in finding out about Tap Tap Dance’s basic gameplay check out my review on Tap Tap Revenge, as many of the basics have remained the same in this release.
Once Tap Tap Dance is loaded, you notice that the main menu has far less options than Tap Tap Revenge. Tapulous has decided not to include downloadable tracks and online play. This disappointed me because unlike the free Tap Tap Revenge, Tap Tap Dance costs $4.99. I would expect that a paid app would include the same amount if not more features and options. In my opinion the downloadable songs is what keeps Tap Tap Revenge fresh and fun. There are some nice new additions to Tap Tap Dance’s gameplay, which I will get to in a bit, that bring it a step higher from Tap Tap Revenge.
The new single player and two player options are a bit different from the original. You can no longer choose any difficulty and play a song. You now need to start on easy and complete a certain number of songs with a specific percentage to unlock the next difficulty level. This is a great way to play the game if you want to challenge yourself to get better, but they should have split it into Career and Free Play options for those who just want to play and not deal with unlocking tracks.
Onto the actual gameplay upgrades, which as I said above brings the Tap Tap series one step closer Guitar Hero. Tapulous has added notes that extend more than one tap. These require you to keep your finger on the screen through the duration of the note, while sometimes playing others at the same time. Now we begin to feel like we are actually playing the song and not just tapping to the beat. The game background has been updated with animation and smooth color gradients. The final song of each level has its own unique “fret board” which adds some more interest.
Like the other Tap Tap premium release, Tap Tap Revenge NIN edition, this game focuses on songs from higher caliber "name brand" bands — specifically on dance music by artisits such as Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Basment Jaxx and more.
Even though some key features are missing the gameplay has definitely taken a step in the right direction.