SoundReaktor: Tap the Beats, Tap to Win

Price: $2.99

SoundReaktor: iPad Apps Written Review

SoundReaktor for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we really enjoy rhythm based games. In fact, we’ve spent more than a few hours playing the now classic Tap Tap series. However, we’ve grown rather bored of the same old Rock Band rip-offs, which is why we’re ever so glad to introduce you today to SoundReaktor by developer Innovative Labs. The developer’s social media channels are: YouTubeFaceBookTwitter. The app offers a gorgeous new, multi-button way to play along with some of your favorite tracks. It’s not without its faults, but if nothing else, it presents a brand new future for the genre as a whole.

Concept and Gameplay

If you have ever played a rhythm game on either the iPhone or the iPad before, then you’ve likely got a pretty good handle on how SoundReaktor works. Tracks play along in the background, and it’s up to you to hit the buttons in just the right order and at just the right time to produce the music. The better you tap (and the more precisely) the bigger your point score will be. All of this is great, but most games limit you to only an handful of buttons.

Not so with SoundReaktor! The app unlocks the flood gates, giving you 20 fully functioning pads to slap as the tracks play. You’ll still need to hit all of them at the correct time, which means lots of head-bobbing and multi-finger action. We can’t get enough of it, either. We’ve often moonlighted as a DJ, which makes us particularly fond of the complexity that SoundReaktor supports. It really is a challenge to play the game well, and eventually you’ll find yourself slipping into a calming, relaxing groove. All in all, it’s a wonderful effort by Innovative Labs.

Please note there are some nice demo videos that show it is quite possible to play this game well and in sync.  The videos are located here:

Game Mode 1

Game Mode 2

Game Mode 3

Game Mode 4

Freestyle Demo 1

Graphics and Design

SoundReaktor for iPhone

SoundReaktor for iPhone

Which makes our only real complaint a shame. You see, the app generally does well with the design side of the coin. It looks great, it comes with a mountain of songs to play through, and the interface is gorgeous. However, we found the timing to be slightly off. We could never quite figure out how to hit the pads exactly right to please the app, even though we were bobbing along in rhythm. We feel like this is a just a slight coding error, and some songs were better than others. All in all, it’s a very huge damper on an otherwise stellar experience, though.

Overall Value

Still, SoundReaktor shows an huge amount of promise for such a fresh app built on an old concept. We hope future updates will iron out the kinks, and in the meantime, SoundReaktor is still a beautiful app to play through. If you’re looking for a new rhythm game to give a go at, there’s no other title we’d recommend. SoundReaktor is easily worth its four star rating, as well as our recommendation.

SoundReaktorSoundReaktor requires iOS 4.3 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.

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One Response to “SoundReaktor: Tap the Beats, Tap to Win”

  1. ThijsB says:

    Hey guys,

    I’m one of te coders who helped build this application.
    I really enjoyed watching you play and review the application.
    About the correct tapping.. The thing is, the pad is filling up to create the extra need for perfection to tap it at the right time (like in Tap tap), when it hits red, it’s the ideal time to click it, it will then generate a percentage of how good it was, if you check the video’s on the Sound-reaktor website, you will see if you hit several 100% percentage hits, it will give you some extra feedback, and you can win achievements..
    We’re working on more perfection though, really loved the review.

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