Dropchord for Android and iPhone

dropchord: android and iPhone

Like electronic music but haven’t found an app that suitably and entertainingly utilises it as an integral part of its structure? Dropchord has your number, along with an insane array of visually stunning colours and ridiculously addictive gameplay that is unlike anything that you are likely to have played before. This is an app for fans of electronic music and as such is packed from start to finish with wobbly bass lines, distorted synth, and distinctly electro-like beats, so guitar players and fans of non-electronic music may want to rethink spending any money on this.

Dropchord is both an aural and visual adventure that has plenty to feed your eyes and ears: there aren’t any levels here, only once track after another, punctuating the neon –like action that includes some intense visuals and a nifty touch mechanic. If you’re planning on playing this whilst on public transport, you may wish to pop a motion sickness tablet first. If not, then get ready for a marathon for your eyes and ears: Dropchord is in session.

The gameplay consists of a unique user interface that involves using two fingers (one from each hand is easiest, or perhaps your thumbs) to connect two points on the screen between which a beam of light is created; this light must be used to collect different notes as well as avoid the red scratches that appear. Your score goes up when you collect notes, with multipliers making for performance-based bonuses and the scratches acting as the bad guy in the whole affair, reducing your health to remind you not to do it again. It feels very akin to having control over those classic windows media player visualisations, only much more organised and significantly brighter in colour.

The difficulty increases as you make more progress in the game, and it effectively becomes a sort of geometry-based challenge where life-robbing scratches become more frequent and difficult to avoid and notes become more difficult to snap up as well. The harder it gets, the more intense the visuals become and the more hurried the music feels. Don’t be alarmed to discover that the game does get pretty difficult, and you will find yourself having to restart with increasing frequency because of how busy the screen is getting. The difficulty isn’t overly frustrating though, therefore walking the fine line between accessible and challenging very well, which is a feat that some games like the browser-based Music Catch don’t quite achieve.

All told, the game has 45 minutes of music to play through, or this is how long it would take if you managed to play through with no errors whatsoever, which is practically an impossibility. Shuffle mode lets you encounter the songs out of order, though again with difficulty that inflates with each passing track.

The music itself can be either an electronic music lover’s dream or an indie fan’s nightmare. The continuous mix mode allows you to experience the tracks mixed in a constant loop for extended gameplay, with original electro tracks that perfectly encapsulate the urgency of the situation and remind you of some of the wobbly electro vibes of the sublime Justice and even a bit of Skrillex’s earlier electro works. Granted, the soundtrack can get a little repetitive, but all games have their limits and this is where Dropchord reaches its ceiling of entertainment possibilities.

You will enjoy Dropchord if you like games with innovative touch interfaces and a minimal design, and  it does help to already be a fan of electro music in the first place. The visuals are mesmerising, the style of the game is unquestionable, but the gameplay gets repetitive and only lasts as long as you are willing to sit through the songs, with no further incentive to pursue the game through to its conclusion. Though it was visually more interesting than many flash-based music games (Music Bounce, for example), it didn’t quite have the substance to last.

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