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Bit.Trip Beat HD
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bit.Trip Beat HD is an arcade music game inspired by Pong. Players use their finger to move a paddle up and down to bounce back tiny squares representing beats of music. These squares come in different colors and have different behaviors and speeds, meaning players always have to keep on their toes. There's no objectionable content. The game also supports a multiplayer mode that lets two devices sync up. The iPad-only version of the app, Bit.Trip Beat HD, which this review is based on, offers higher definition graphics than the iPhone/iPod touch version.
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Is it any good?
BIT.TRIP BEAT HD is a trippy experience that can get intense at times, in a sensory overload sort of way. Its slick retro-chic presentation, unique and challenging gameplay, and catchy beats make it a must-have for music game fans and people with an appreciation for old-style arcade games. If there's a downside it's that dragging the paddle involves putting your finger over it, which blocks some of the playfield. It's a small inconvenience compared to the fun you (and potentially a friend, too) will have.