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When the iTunes application store first launched, the first game I downloaded was a game from developers Tapulous called, Tap Tap Revenge. I was still in the "amazement" phase of the new iPhone 3G, so I may have been over excited for the title. However, as I played it more and more I realized how much fun the game was. You have no let down with the sequel to that great title, Tap Tap Revenge 2. Like Tap Tap Revenge, it is a mix between DDR and Rock Band in a sense, only it's all done with your fingers and shaking the iPhone.
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You are given four game modes to choose from when you start up Tap Tap Revenge 2. There is single player mode that lets you basically choose any song from the difficulty levels and go at it. Making its return is the two player mode that lets you and a friend challenge each other at any song, for the highest score. If you are not familiar with how the two player mode works in the sense of both people playing, it's fairly simple. You have a player put their hands on each side of the iPhone, it's very easy to maneuver and control.
Career mode gives you a variety of achievements in which, you must complete. They stem from completed a track all the way through, to scoring over 100,000 points. There are 19 challenges total, and they can keep you busy playing for a while. To make sure you get at least three weeks play out of it, you must play the game on 21 consecutive days to accomplish the Black Jack achievement. So you will definitely get some play time out of it if you hope to beat the career mode.
The final mode in Tap Tap Revenge 2 is online play. Before getting your first game started, you are prompted to create a profile, if you wish. All you have to do is choose a username, you can protect it by adding an e-mail address, and then finally uploading or capturing a picture for your profile picture. Don't worry about setup, this will take you about 45 seconds at most. You are then able to begin online play and challenging others to get the highest score.
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One of the coolest features in Tap Tap Revenge 2, is the downloadable content. There are some popular bands in the downloadable section of Tap Tap Revenge 2. It stems from Stroke 9, Anberlin, The Crystal Method and Senses Fail. All of the downloads are free and take just a minute to download. They are placed in their own categories from easy to extreme. This is one of my favorite features about the game. It shows that Tapulous went out and actually got the rights to these songs in addition to having their own songs on there as well.
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Tap Tap Revenge 2, is a solid sequel to the already popular Tap Tap Revenge. You can play a variety of modes that will keep you busy for a while, add on the ability to download a large number or tracks, and you have a deep little music game. The controls are very responsive and the learning curve is minimal. For those who are unsure, you can always try out the tutorial mode in the options menu.
The best part of this game is the fact that it is free, just like the original game was as well. Tapulous, could have easily gone and thrown a decent price tag on this one with the addition of licensed content, but they stayed free. Those who are into games like Rock Band or DDR will probably get a kick out of this one. You aren't dancing or playing in a band, but you are involved in the same concept of matching beats and sounds to taps on your phone.
If you enjoy the original Tap Tap Revenge, then Tap Tap Revenge 2 will be a nice upgrade. It gives you more content and upgraded visuals. Both of these applications can be downloaded free from the iTunes application store.