Despite sharing the name and much of the content from one of the year's most prominent Nintendo 3DS games, the iOS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is not quite the same experience. Rather than serve up a smattering of classic songs from the entire core Final Fantasy role-playing series, complete with story elements and familiar cinematic clips, the App Store release pairs the tap-and-swipe rhythm formula with a free-to-play shell that lets you pick and pay for exactly the tracks and characters your want. But trying to compare the two directly proves a losing proposition both for players and creator Square Enix.
Flea Symphony is the new iOS game from The Odd Gentlemen, which previously developed the Victorian-styled Xbox Live Arcade puzzler, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. Like Winterbottom, Flea Symphony seems delightfully preoccupied with a bygone era, but its gameplay feels surprisingly fresh. In each level, you need to save the fleas flying out of the bells of musical horns by catching them in basket. The trick is figuring out how to do it in time to a set percussion beat.
The Tap Tap Revenge series has long been a mainstay on the App Store, with a new release seemingly popping up every few months like clockwork. There’s been little innovation between releases of the rhythm titles, as you'll still tap and swipe along to licensed songs, but Tap Tap Revenge Tour is perhaps the most confusing release yet. While the initial download itself may be free, the game awkwardly utilizes both in-game ads and in-app purchases to build out the game’s song library.
Timing is everything in Circadia, an effortlessly elegant puzzler set upon stark black backdrops. Tapping a colored circle emits a circular wave – not to mention a harmonious tone – with the goal to have all such waves reach the white dot at the same moment. It might not look like much in still images, but this iOS original hangs on tight throughout.