Rhythm games were once one of the largest genres in the game world. In people’s living rooms, there were lots of plastic instruments ready to poke and hit some kind of beautiful music in the background. Then, then, something like musical expression disappeared from the game.
This is a nice surprise to Queen: Rock Tour (downloaded from the App Store and Play Store). It not only regains the genre, but does it with style, compassion, and considerable affection. And the best part is that you don’t need a fake guitar or a small drum kit to enjoy it.
As you might know from the name of the game, here we tap the Queen song. There are many choices from different eras and concert tours, all with different difficulty settings.
Taps are made along the bottom of the screen. The blob needs to move down the 6 bars and tap when it’s in the right place. The better the tap timing, the more applause. If you miss the tap, you’ll find a statics squawk.
The different colors of the blobs represent different members of the band. If you miss a Brian May blob, your guitar will be cut until you hit another blob. It can be jarring, but it gets better with practice.
There are some interesting twists here as well. Some notes need to be tapped and then slid, some notes need to be swiped, and some notes need to be tapped at the same time. You may need to pay attention to all six bars, or less. Your fingers are going to be pretty busy here, that’s what we’re trying to say.
When it comes to its aesthetics, games are definitely not cheap. From the videos, graphics and collectibles between shows, it’s clear that this isn’t a hollow cash-in-it’s made with real respect.
Sure, if you hate Queen, this won’t change your mind, and it lacks the best rhythm game communality. But as a stunning, well-organized traditional soloism experience, it’s hard to beat.
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