Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... on the screen, in time with the music (Hence the 'Elite Beats' title). The story is completely pointless and cartoony (in fact, it i... more
Rhythm game - quite hard actually!
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Member Name: LupusEvolve
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Advantages: Good gameplay, funny stories
Disadvantages: Not many songs, can get very hard
I bought this game second hand for a grand total of £2.99 (I know, I'm such a big spender), so I didn't really have high expectations for it. But Elite Beat Agents turned out to be surprisingly good, and surprisingly addictive.
Gameplay - You tap the touch screen or drag the stylus across it, in rhythm to the song that is being played. I played the first song of the game, and found it extremely easy and wondered if I would get through the whole game in an hour or so. But oh my, was I wrong. It gets a lot harder as you go through the stages. I like to think that I've got a good sense of rhythm (I play drums) but this game really tested me, and I often found myself failing and restarting and failing and restarting and failing and restarting... a song many times before I managed to actually pass it (with a grade of a C or a D, at that!). And I was only playing on medium difficulty!
Songs - there are less than 20 songs in total, and they are all cover versions (though I didn't even notice until the credits at the end showed this). I was a bit disappointed that there weren't more songs, but I suppose you can't get a whole load of stuff onto a DS cartridge before it's full. The songs vary from Good Charlotte to Madonna, so there's a good range of stuff - something for everyone.
You get short comic scenes to give you a bit of story on who you're saving (with the power of music!). You're not exactly going to get sucked into the storylines or anything, but they are quite funny at times.
I would recommend getting this game, but not for your kids - I think it's just too hard, so don't think it would be a cheap alternative to Guitar Hero or anything like that. But by all means, a teenager or adult will get some good fun out of playing this, and occasionally a lot of frustration too! :P
Summary: Give it a go, but don't buy it for your kids unless they have impeccable rhythm