Elite Beat Agents Reader Review
So. Here we have a game in which you do 2 things:
Tap the touch screen in time to music
Slide the stylus along predefined arcs.. in time to music.
This simple mechanic would potentially make for a crushingly dull and boring game, but somehow EBA manages the precise opposite! You just have to have one more go - this one has me frantically tapping the restart button(s) to get right back into the action. It's been a long time since I've behaved like that - just ask my therapist.
And when it starts to get taxing, you find you'll often just get a few tantalising steps further in the level before the next crash-n-burn. Gaah! This is what I would definitely put squarely in the twitch-gaming stable, even though it's about as far away from a shooter it can get.
It's not all roses though. The psycho-comic style jars with me: I'd prefer things toned down a few notches. The crazy stories are fair enough- befitting the completely mad idea of a world-saving dancalong secret agent trio- but the art style I find too dark and aggressive at times, which doesn't match the otherwise cheerful look. Next time around, less demonic eyes and pointy teeth please!
Another point-loser is that when playing with half-decent headphones, the sound quality is no great shakes - you can tell the music had to be compressed somewhat to get it all on the cartridge. This is the only smudge on EBA's otherwise highly-polished sheen, however.
In all, it's a bag of fun with a few niggles, and it's had me nailed to the sofa for more than half an hour, which is a great sign for a game with quick-fix appeal.
8 / 10