Developer: JamRT LTD.
Price: free Download on the App Store
Music is by far one of my favorite aspects about gaming. Rhythm music games are so much fun, feature great bands and combine challenging and intense gameplay for hours of fun. One thing great about TubeHero is its ability to read the user's library and utilize those songs for gameplay. This was a huge selling point for me as I'm used to buying this type of app specifically for the songs it has on it, which are usually within my library anyway. Now, I can use this app to play the songs I already have.
While TubeHero is free in the App Store, the free version of this app only allows one minute of gameplay of only four songs it randomly picks from the user's library. The full version of the game is $1.99 and syncs up to a dozen or more at one time. This is available as an in-app purchase. However, the game's library supports over 6,000 songs in the iTunes library. Most will know this game from its Facebook counterpart, which has over 500,000 users.
As for graphics, the game is very well designed. It has an almost "TRON" like design with glowing orbs and a futuristic city as the backdrop. The UI is very clean and easy to use. Even when the game starts it takes only seconds for the game to sync libraries.
One thing I noticed right away is that the orbs don't seem to be synced to any particular beat or sound within the songs on TubeHero. It's not that this is a problem as it doesn't distract the gamer from gameplay, but for those who are familiar with the genre and are used to having the beat help keep the tap pace, there will be a bit of oddness to the game.
The overall game offers three different difficulty levels and as with any music rhythm game, the scoring is what keeps the game interesting. Well, that and a great music library. The multipliers are perfectly integrated with game play and add a level of challenge for trying to consequently tap the orbs, keep a beat and score big points. That's what it's all about right? High scores to mock friends with.
All-in-all, if you're willing to shell out a few bucks to play your own library of music, TubeHero is worth checking out. Be sure to download and try it out before buying the full version.