Friday, December 5, 2008

I've got the music in me!!

Recently, you've probably all noticed a trend of music and rhythm games flooding the market. Especially this weird game called Guitar Hero. Heard of it? Anyways, Guitar Hero is not for everyone (an entire game of just Aerosmith music... really?), but there are plenty of other music games out there that let you bust a move without playing a plastic guitar with rainbow buttons.

Dance Dance Revolution (GCN) - This one predates Guitar Hero (and similar games) by a long time. As you probably know, you tap your feet on the dance pad to the rhythm of the song. Get the beats right to get new songs, etc. This game is fun. You don't have to know how to dance to play Dance Dance Revolution. You want proof? I can play DDR. So there. My personal favorite version is DDR Mario Mix for Gamecube. Expensive and hard to find nowadays, but fun.

Donkey Konga (GCN) - If there's an under appreciated music game, it's this one. Released for the Gamecube in about 2004, it had you slapping DK bongos to the beat of loads of different tunes. The song from the Chips Ahoy commercials, anyone? Donkey Konga and its great sequel Donkey Konga 2 were great party games and it's a stinkin' shame they quit making them. They did release a 3rd one in Japan, but it never made it here to the states. In any case, this is a must-play.

Wii Music (Wii) - This one looks cool. It's a way to let everyone in the family play a music game, but you don't necessarily have to know how to read or play music to do so. You can change the instruments to a song, too. The game features loads of instruments like the clarinet, cello, drumset, whatever. Plus, you don't need plastic instruments to play. You may hear people say, "But it's not Guitar Hero." WELL, NO DUH!!! I coulda told you that. To be fair, I haven't played it yet (hopefully Dec. 25th changes that), but it's made by Nintendo. Case closed.

Electroplankton (DS) - I don't actually own this one (yet [surprisingly]), but I have played it. It's less of a 'follow-along' music game and more of a fee-style/do whatever the crap you want to do kind of game. There are different 'planktons' on the screen that you tap or move around and they made different sounds. It's a very cool, very entertaining, and very hard to find game.

Elite Beat Agents (DS) - I don't care what anyone says. Elite Beat Agents is the best music game out there today. And that's saying something. You tap and drag icons on the screen to the beats of several classic songs, many of which are superior mixes to the originals. I still find it incredible how much fun, emotion, and hilarity they crammed in this game. It's one of those games that's worth buying a DS for.

And with that, I'm off to tap beats to the addictive 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.'

Have another music game that's awesome? Let us know in the comments.


Currently Playing: Elite Beat Agents, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Super Princess Peach


Rachel said...

Ooooh, music games, fun fun :) Too bad I'm disabled when it comes to rhythm. Hehe, that's why I don't play Donkey Konga, very often :) I'm glad you are excited for Wii Music, we'll just have to see what happens on December 25th ;). I love you!

Devin said...

Dude, music games rock! I'm not coordinated to save my life, so I'm not that good, but hey, they are super fun! Yeah! Power to the people!