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POP! Guess that song!
Songpop (iPhone App)
Member Name: katykicker
Songpop (iPhone App)
Advantages: Fun game, quick & simple to download, fantastic idea, great longevity.
Around 6 months ago my husband bought me an iPad as a gift and since then I've spent most evenings lying in bed playing games against my friends and unlocking achievements in the 'Game Centre' too. One game that I have been playing regularly for several months now is 'Song Pop'.
This application for the iPhone and iPad was free to download for me from the App Store on my iPad and the download took about 15 seconds in all after I had entered my iTunes login information.
The aim of this app is to identify the title and artist of a song. Basically you will hear an extract from a song and there will be four options on the screen. You then need to select the correct answer as quick as possible while playing against a friend or a random person throughout the World.
When you first start playing this game you will need to set up your account, taking just a moment or two, then you can choose to play against friends on Facebook. You can also add Facebook friends who aren't already playing this game and they can play against you from their laptop or PC using the Facebook app. You can also choose to play against someone random, sometimes you will be matched with players who have already played their side of the match and sometimes you will be matched with players who are yet to play against you and will see your results the first time they play a game.
When it comes to actually playing the game you will be offered three random genres to choose one from and then you will hear five songs based on this genre. Some of the genres including Rap, Rock, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s etc and as you play games and unlock coins you can purchase further genres including UK TV Show themes and other categories too. By being able to select your own genre you may find that you can find a genre that your gaming partner is not so good at guessing and therefore you may be able to give yourself an advantage.
The part of the song that you hear is usually random and you may hear the same song on more than one occasion but different parts of it. You may even hear the same artist twice in one round of 5 songs.
If your opponent has already picked the genre and played that particular round of songs then you will see what their selection was if you don't make your selection quicker than them. This can actually mean that if you're on a streak of 3 or 4 songs that you can then guess the same answer as them and hopefully be correct. The more songs that you have guessed correctly in one round of five songs the higher the points are that you earn. This can mean that if you guess songs 1,2,4 and 5 quickly but your opponent guesses 1,2,3,4 while taking more time that they can actually beat you because of the snowball effect that the points have the more correct answers you earn in a row.
If your opponent has already picked the genre and you're just playing the genre that they selected then you get to select the next genre straight after and play through those five songs before the new request is sent to your opponent. There is a weekly score that is kept count of and at the end of the week you will receive one help token for each friend or random opponent that you beat. You can then use these help tokens to remove 1/2 of the song answers to help you improve your chances of correctly selecting the right answer if you do not know a particular song.
You will earn coins while you play the game, 1 for losing and 3 for winning. These coins can not only be used to purchase genres, as mentioned above, but you can also buy more help tokens allowing you to remove 1/2 the songs and increase your chances of winning.
At the end of each round you will see whether you or your opponent guessed quickest and the scores will tally up and tell you who the winner is. Then your weekly score will be updated as relevant and this can all be seen on the home page of the app.
This game has almost limitless longevity for me. I love how different parts of the same song can be played throughout the time I am playing and I love hearing different artists and new songs are added all the time. I love coming across a song that I haven't heard for years too and I've recently rekindled my love of lots of artists or bands that I had long since forgotten about so that is a huge plus point for me. I am a very competitive person and I love playing games against my friends. Lots of my friends play Songpop, more than any other game I have on my iPad and so there is always a load of requests waiting for me when I get in bed at night or if I am playing while relaxing in the bath or something.
When I first started playing the game there wasn't many genre options available to me but then I started to earn stars on those genres (up to a maximum of 5) and then soon I was beginning to unlock genres, mainly going for the obscure ones at first, and I've found that my friends have a varied mix of favourite genres between them and this has also increased the longevity of this game for me. I love waiting for requests to be sent back to me and generally when I choose a random opponent to play against I find that they come back to me quickly and if I'm having a lazy rainy day at home (like I am today) it is a great way to keep me entertained without wasting money on online shopping or gaming websites.
The only downside that I can think some people might find is that there are different language genres as well as English. This has meant that in the past I've been playing against someone and they have chosen a Spanish genre. However I'm seemingly quite lucky with my guesses and I do find that these is often one or two English songs thrown in for good measure so not only am I learning about new songs but I still have a chance of winning. Victory feels even sweeter when it is a genre in a language that I do not understand!
I love picking genres that my friends don't know so well and I find that the Modern Rap and 2000s categories seem to get me lots of wins as people either don't know the song or feel they can remember it and guess too fast - I love that!
There are lots of bright colours in this game and this keeps it feeling quite fresh for me. I'm not too worried about the graphics on this game as it runs well for me and I don't have any problems with freezing, failing to load correctly or buffering. I can listen to a song and if I guess it under one second the score seems to be accurate and the timer does seem to work very well for me. The game runs fast and fluidly throughout and this is definitely worth a 5 out of 5 for me.
In all I absolutely love this game. After several months of playing I have lots of different genres unlocked and I regularly win games against other people. I find that playing on the iPad gives me a slight advantage sometimes over iPhone users just because my screen is much larger and therefore the buttons to press to make my guess are much larger too, however, I do have one iPhone friend who regularly beats me in a BIG way! I love the different genres and really there should be something on here for most people. This game is easy to interact with and everything about it is quite self explanatory really. I find this very easy to use and I could easily spend 30 minutes once or twice a day replying to requests and reminiscing about songs that I haven't heard for a number of years in many cases. I am kept busy trying to beat my friends and I definitely love the competitive edge of this game. In all I am going to give this app 5/5 stars. I feel it is fantastic, especially considering it is free, and while the occasional advert coming up can be a little bit annoying you can buy an ad free version for less than a pound (most days anyway), however I'm too cheap to do this and am happy enough to close the odd advert in order to have a free game.
Summary: A fantastic fun game for the iPhone and iPad.
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