Bit.Trip Beat HD

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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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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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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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.... Continue reading
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 he... Continue reading

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.

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