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Parents need to know that Groove Coaster is a music rhythm game that abandons the stationary model of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and puts users on a winding visual track. The game has a very simple play mechanic and offers a variety of difficulty options for each song. Parents don't have to worry about objectionable language in the songs, as the tunes are largely dreamy techno numbers with no lyrics. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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Is it any good?
Just when the music game genre was going stale, GROOVE COASTER comes along and not only turns it on its ear, but delivers a wonderful breath of fresh air. Rather than staying put and waiting on the notes to come to you, you'll hop onto a winding track, touching the screen as your icon crosses flashing beats. That not only gives the game a sense of motion, it keeps you on your toes as your perception is challenged. (Is the next beat far away or just over the next hill?) That winding sense also helps to visualize the music. The firework-like explosion of light that accompanies successfully hitting each beat makes things even more challenging -- but also much more fun.
How enjoyable is this game? It's one of the very few you'll sit through the credits for multiple times -- since even those are playable.