iGlowdown is All the Rave

Price: $1.99    Score: 8/10    By Steve BeaudryiGlowdown

There must be dozens of DDR/Guitar Hero clones in the app store, but iGlowdown is the first one to use glow sticks. And apart from a couple more features, that’s pretty much where the differences end.

If you’re familiar with the Tap Tap Revenge or Rock Band app, then you essentially already know how to play iGlowdown by GloME Interactive Studios. When you start a new game, you’re asked to chose a male or female character, with others available to unlock later in the game. After that, you choose the colors of your two glow sticks and then select your music. As far as gameplay goes, when the music begins to play you tap buttons on the screen to the beat of the song. If you can stay in time, your character dances around with his/her brightly glowing glow sticks. If you miss a few beats, the glow sticks begin to dim and your character’s dancing suffers.

Personally, I’ve grown a little bored of these kinds of games, but if you’re a fan of them or if you’re into glow sticks and haven’t enjoy the rhythm-tapping genre then this game will be right up your alley. There are only a couple things holding it back from a perfect score:

1) The stick color selection screen could be a little more intuitive. You only get one button to scroll through a boat load of different colors. If you pass the one you want, you have to just keep on tapping until you come back around to it.

2) The song selection screen is a tad bit confusing. You’re supposed to tap on the album art, but the whole information pane looks like a button. When you tap on the song name and nothing happens it’s difficult to figure out why.

Other than that, it’s a pretty solid game. I like that iGlowdown connects with Facebook and Twitter through OpenFeint. I like the syncopated rhythms of at least the first two songs. I like the fun, colorful graphics. I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing it just because I’m just not a fan of the genre. There’s got to be some reason these types of games are flooding the market, and if you’re part of that reason, then you’ll like it.

iGlowdown requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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