I had mixed feelings about Tune Runner for the iPhone when I first reviewed it, and now with the iPad version, it’s time to revisit this unusual rhythm game from Appy Entertainment.
There isn’t anything new on the iPad version that you won’t find on the iPhone version. Your job is to help Groov-ee, the dancing boombox shimmy his way through your music tracks. Each song in your library generates its own specific and unique level to be completed, featuring beautiful background animation while you play. Obstacles come – literally – in various shapes and sizes. To hurdle them, you have draw the shape of these objects with your finger. If you draw fifteen (15) shapes in a row, you get to score bonus points.
Tune Runner HD is not your typical rhythm game, and some might even argue that strictly speaking, it’s not a rhythm game at all. Basically you draw fairly simple shapes that appear randomly and have nothing to do with the progression of the song. Once you draw all the shapes without losing your health, you complete the level.
On the iPad, the game’s underappreciated graphics and animation truly shine. Graphics are distinctly more polished and animation is smoother on the iPad. The game’s sound effects are just as crisp and clear, blending in with the music. Social gaming and online scoreboard integration is another added dimension to the game – if you’re the competitive type, then you will enjoy battling for top rank on songs in your playlist against players all over the world.
Gameplay wise, the game is still fairly simple and straightforward, and in my opinion, does not quite take advantage of the iPad’s many possibilities. The game may get boring after a while considering the predictability of the way the game handles its degree of difficulty – you start cruising and then things only pick up in quick bursts toward the end.
More shapes, power-ups, additional game modes or mini-games and a two-player set-up will certainly make the game more replayable. Still, the game does what it does well and doubles as a fun and interesting way to appreciate your music collection.
Verdict: Charming and simple music/rhythm game that with a lot of potential waiting to be tapped.
Link: HD version
Copy: For review