Released back in October 2009, Rock Band iOS was co-developed by EA Montreal and Harmonix, with publishing handled by Electronic Arts and MTV Games. Two years later, parent-company Viacom would sell-off Harmonix, and MTV Games would cease to exist. Harmonix has since continued on as an independent developer, finding massive success in Dance Central, but a supremely weird pop-up started presenting itself in Rock Band iOS yesterday. A pop-up which appears to claim the game has an expiration date.
Groove Coaster is a rhythm game boiled down to its essence. Where Guitar Hero had multiple buttons and Rez married its interactive soundtrack to hardcore shooting mechanics, Groove Coaster is concerned entirely with keeping a beat using its simple one-touch controls to its advantage.
“Drum like a pro” is JamKit’s slogan, and while we hate to be nitpicky... well, what pro plays a 27-piece drum kit using two fingers? Then again, “Drum like you were playing a really complicated but slick game of Simon, and match your skills against other finger-drummers worldwide” is a bit unwieldy.
This music game for iPad hits the sweet spot between difficult and soothing. The gameplay is so basic they don't even bother explaining it to you. But it's also exhilarating and lovely, and addictive in a way we can't quite explain either.