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Bit.Trip Beat HD

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Trippy retro homage to music and Pong.

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Players use their finger to move the paddle up and down to return beats, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Beats travel at different speeds and in different, often deliberately deceptive, patterns. The pace is relentless, too.

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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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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:October 4, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written bypseudo.canadian August 21, 2015

Pong with a killer soundtrack; perfect for all ages

"Bit.Trip Beat" (or Bit.Trip Beat HD the app; it's the same as the console and PC editions) is the first installment in the seven-game franchise. The inspiration is clear; "Bit.Trip Beat" is Pong with a musical twist. Players control a paddle that repels beats in different forms for three long levels, each ending with a unique boss fight. If the player misses too many blocks, you'll fail, and have to start over again. The game can be brutal, but with enough persistence, you'll be able to cruise through whatever "Beat" throws at you. Recommended for arcade fans across the globe. There's no questionable content to worry about, but the levels will probably be too frustrating for younger kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRazon Aaroxerxes September 26, 2014

Fun game!

This is a game very similar to pong, where you -a little bar- repels little pixels or "bits." The controls can be a bit difficult, but I can't help but keep playing to hear the music. (If you're interested in the 3ds version, note that the controls are hard, and the music is a bit quirky/ off rhythm)
Teen, 14 years old Written bysilvonadux February 11, 2014

Bit trip beat & series!!

I love this game. It was pretty similar to pong only it has sweet music. Not to mention the rest of the series. You can get a free demo for the entire series on the wii shop channel and try it out for yourself!
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