From the time we are children, we play games that test our memory and sharpen our minds. While our younger days involved matching two of the same card, our maturing minds tend to favor the more complicated. With Dave the Horn Guy by Dave the Horn Guy, users can test their memory and attention span by playing back the very same tune Dave plays using his numerous horns.
With 25 horns strapped to his orange jumpsuit, Dave uses his arms, leg and chin to play music using each and every horn as you may have seen him do on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent, and Larry King. Though the concept may seem a tad strange, it certainly stands out from other such games.
When you begin, you will find a wonderfully straightforward, clean main menu. The first button, Honk, displays Dave, horns and all, labeling each with its corresponding note. Here, you may test out the various notes, learn the game’s basic layout and improvise your very own song creations. Honk Test shall be where you truly put your skills to use, choosing from Easy or Hard mode. Dave begins the sequence, adding a new note each time. You must simply play back the tune, like Simon.
The Honk Library presents users with a variety of songs they can honk along with and the opportunity to suggest new songs for future updates. Hi Scores, of course, will show you how well you’re fairing compared to the pre-programmed high scores. Challenges lists a series of random tasks one may try to accomplish during game play, while For The Fan provides an interesting array of options. Users can press for a random honk, submit their ideas, purchase merchandise, download free ringtones and read Dave’s favorite verse. And, for users who attend one of Dave’s live shows, they can get Dave to type in a code that will get them the app’s digital autograph. (Okay, this feature may be a bit silly, but it’s certainly an interesting twist.)
While some things from real-life translate well in the digital world, Dave the Horn Guy may leave some scratching their head. The concept seems entertaining at first, but quickly becomes stressful. The numerous horns are all so close to each other that, when playing on the small screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch, users may find themselves tapping the wrong note in their hasty dash to play back Dave’s tune. My fingers are fairly small compared to the average user, and even I found myself accidentally tapping the wrong notes (on Easy mode, in fact). Perhaps Dave needs to nix a few horns from his game’s ensemble so we, the users, can fully enjoy the experience of sharing in one man’s odd talent.
For a video demonstration of what Dave the Horn Guy has to offer, click here.
Dave the Horn Guy [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.