The Sandhill’s 6th Annual Summer Concert Series is still in full swing here in Columbia, with plenty of different genres of music to choose from still to come this year, and at the same time, a new iPhone music game has released that is just as diverse in it’s musical selection. That game is Groove Coaster. Newly featured as the App Store’s Game of the Week, and as stated on the App Store website, “From the mind of Reisuke Ishida, creator of the internationally award-winning SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE: an exhilarating next-gen groove game!” Next-gen it is, setting the bar high for rhythm games to come with its array of beats, amazing visuals, and simple yet addictive gameplay.
The game is simple enough, your icon goes along a track, and as the markers pop up on the track, you tap anywhere on the screen to hit it. The series of songs that are to come, however, will make you mash and scratch furiously on the screen, trying to pick up every node. Unlike most rhythm games, Groove Coaster features an array of songs ranging from techno, rap, hip hop, as well as some that are downright eerie and pay homage to Space Invaders itself. It’s the different sound effects and variety of instruments that keep you on your fingertips as you play along, sometimes the node plays the strum of a guitar, while other times it plays lyrics or gaming sound bits.
There’s a reason the game has the word “Coaster” in it’s title. After a few songs in, the screen as well as the track you play on will begin to shift, do loops, go upside-down, as well as go in and out of the 3D environment, as well as the environment coming at you. The style is a very simple design, giving you the feeling you’re in an old time arcade machine one level, and bursting with flowers and butterflies the next. With the inclusion of customization with different skins you unlock as you level up, you can change what your nodes explode into, what’s in the background, and even make your icon resonate. The icons themselves can be changed as well, even ones in the style of Space Invaders, and each one gives a slight bonus to gameplay.
Tap when you hit the node, simple, right? Not as the speed increases, you have to track down hidden notes, as well as changing notes where you have to either hold down, tap rapidly, or even scratch the screen itself. It’s a game changer once you have your combo up pretty high and hit a long note that you should have held instead of tapped. Each track has three difficulties, as well as you getting a ranking of each, going as high as S ranking. It’s best to start out on Easy for each track since each one is vastly different.
Groove Coaster is a music game for the gamer and the music lover alike. Given the variety of genres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, as well as additional songs that can be purchased to play through. If you’re tired of playing Guitar Hero and Tap Tap Revenge, give this new game a try, it just might be the next hottest thing.