Product Type: Freshplanet Inc. software for handheld and PDAs
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What's That Song ?
Songpop (iPhone App)
Member Name: kristoph23
Songpop (iPhone App)
Advantages: Addictive fun
Disadvantages: Hearing the same tune on repeat
Playing games on the iPad I find myself seeing new games all the time and one of these is a game I have seen rave reviews about for a while now so decided to go and make a move and download the game.
~~ The Game ~~
Well the game from the title might give away some indication as to what this application is all about. This app requires you to use your music knowledge and try and work out various tunes you hear in a quick time.
You begin by setting up the account which is just a name and you then get to choose whether you want to play a friend from your Facebook lists who have the application or you can face someone random who is online and playing the game as well.
Once you have selected an opponent you then can pick one of three music genres and these can include anything from Rap, Rock or even 90's music. You pick the category your most confident with and perhaps an area someone else might fail in.
You begin with seeing 5 options at the bottom of the screen and this displays name of tunes you can pick from. However, you need to be quick when choosing a song because you will hear a piece of music and this could be a chorus of a song or just the beginning and you need to try and pick the correct song in a fast time.
The song can be anything based on the genre so if you hear a song from 1960 in the Love Songs genre then you need to work out who it is. The more correct answers you accumulate without getting any wrong you end up with a higher score overall.
Once you have done your five songs you then send the challenge to the player you have opted to face and wait for the score to come back. When you receive notification they have had their turn you see the overall results. If your score wins you get 3 coins and if you lose you get 1 coin.
Usually when you have offered a challenge and they accept the other player tends to offer a challenge in return and this time they can choose which genre you play and you then have to try and beat there score.
If you get a song wrong the game reveals who the song was performed by and this is good in case you need this for future reference. The coins you use to try and purchase new genres and you also get options to buy new the songs you hear at the end of the challenge from the iTunes library as well.
~~ Songs ~~
The songs are played in various stages so you might have a song such as Thriller by Michael Jackson and this might be on the challenge but played at the start, middle or even the ending so you have to try and work out the title of the song quickly.
This is what I enjoy the most about the game because the songs are played at various stages through them so you never know which part might ring a bell in your mind to get you predicting the correct answer.
I find sometimes the start of a song so difficult to work out yet the middle of the song and the chorus I find extremely easy so this is what I do enjoy the most.
Unfortunately there is a few issues regarding songs and that is that you might play Love Songs 10 times and see the same sort of songs appearing all the time so you do not learn anything new and for me that is the one downside to the song list.
Just imagine the same song appearing each time you would know the answer which is helpful but is can get really silly as well. With the songs when you continue to get songs right your rating on that genre increases and you end up with new songs which is helpful.
However, you can use the coins you accumulate to unlock new genres and use these areas to face various opponents so it means you can get more coins when you use this method.
The songs played are from a wide range of people and my worst category is the rap genre because I struggle to understand the lyrics and the names of the artists are even worst for me as I have no idea who on earth they are.
However since playing this game I have learnt new song titles, new artists and actually begun to enjoy the genre more so the game can increase knowledge.
~~ Opponents and Genres ~~
You can select players to play against from either your Facebook lists or even just random opponents. The random people you pick you have no idea what there general knowledge on each genre is like.
It is a lucky dip when you choose this method because you might pick an area you believe they are weak in and when there profile loads you find out they are an expert at that area so there is good competition there which is really good for me.
The fact you do not know what your opponent rating is on that particular genre for me makes the game more fun to play because otherwise it would be boring and you do not want to make it to easy otherwise the point of this game would be pointless.
The genres they have are very poor I find at the start of the game when you first start playing and I continue to see around the same 6 or 7 popping up and it can be repetitive and boring so the sooner you use the coins to generate new genres the better.
The genres as mentioned above vary from all sorts of areas from Rock to 90's hit single to even the current music charts so you have to be vigilant and pick sensible options when you spend coins. I think the genres and the opponents you select a very good part of this game and makes everything very enjoyable.
~~ Graphics and Game Play ~~
Well the graphics is not really anything major to discuss in this area because you see mainly texts and back ground colours there is nothing really there to jump up about.
The game looks very good and you can tell it is a game that has had plenty of attention to detail because the colours on display are not going to conflict and look out of place and everything is bright and visible so the graphics are very good for what they offer.
The game play is very quick, you can have plenty of challenges taking place all at once and the speed to which you can play a game is very good. I have never had a fault thus far with speed and problems with the application.
I would say for a game like this you might expect perhaps to see the game close down at times and maybe a song choice in the challenge mode slow down and not work correctly. I have never had any of these problems and all songs play instantly and in great audio as well.
~~ Final Thoughts ~~
This game is one of those which will appeal to many people because it offers so much. The game has got plenty of songs to listen to and the fact you can challenge random strangers very good.
The other day I had challenges from one gentlemen and the score was 7-7 in terms of challenges and I found that fun it was a big rivalry we had and it was just trying to outdo each other which was fun and this is what this game is all about, fun.
I have said that at times hearing repetitive songs in the same genre is a bit bad because it means the game can seem pointless because you're not actually gaining anything from them so you do need to try and spend the coins wisely and also gain a new rating on a particular genre to unleash new songs.
For a free application this is one of the best and if you use Facebook you can boast to friends who you have beaten and it can create more rivalries with friends as well. This is very worthwhile game which I would give an 8 out of 10 rating.
Summary: A fun game to play
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