When you think of the rhythm gaming scene today, you immediately think of two rhythm games: Osu!, and that piano key game you’ve seen somebody play on their phone one time. But back in the day, rhythm gaming was all the rage and took over the landscape by storm. With the legendarily revered Guitar Hero series still being kept alive by Clone Hero with dozens of custom maps, to Rocksmith that continues to teach a new generation of guitar players to this day. And who could forget Rhythm Heaven for an overall fun time?
Today, the rhythm gaming scene is rife with competitive players and rapid-fire trigger fingers competing against each other on who has the fastest reflexes and reactions. To break the mold of fast-paced rhythm gaming, Space Ape Games has finely crafted and perfected their own game that enhances a music listener’s experience instead!
Beatstar is a rhythm game that contains hundreds of fully-licensed songs from your favorite pop artists of the decade. Ranging from Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, and more from your daily Spotify playlist. However, Beatstar doesn’t just stop at being just another rhythm game with bog-standard touch controls. The developers introduced a brand-new system called “Beatmapping”. A dynamic game mechanic that associates interactions, audio and visual cues according to the music and songs you are listening to. Halfway through the song you are playing through, you may suddenly switch from vocals to beats or different types of instruments instead to keep things fresh and fun.
Beatstar also makes clever and full use of your phone’s vibrators to make sure that your haptic experience is one that is satisfying with every button prompt and press. Making it feel like you are the one that is creating the music rather than tapping along to the beat (minus the actual music production process, of course!).
These days, we’ve seen an increase in people investing in Wacom drawing tablets to get a high score in their favorite rhythm game and playing on the hardest map only accomplished by the fastest fingers. But we think it’s time we took a step back and jam out to the music and not just tap along instead! Beatstar is now available for download on Android and iOS from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store respectively!