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Tap Tap Revenge 4

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Fun game, but online elements make it an iffy choice.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Tap Tap Revenge 4 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. This Dance Dance Revolution knock-off for the thumbs has a confusing interface, and, like its predecessor and numerous other games on the market, the patterns don't quite match the rhythms or melodies in the music. Kids love it, but if there was something better, they would probably go for that instead. Tap Tap Revenge 4 demonstrates that the market needs some innovative music learning tools for older kids who like modern music.

Ease of play

The game's tap-to-the-rhythm gameplay is basic and easy to learn.

Violence

Online chat rooms can be filled with occasional physical threats.

Sex

Some songs have iffy lyrics, and the online chat rooms can be filled with sexual innuendo.

Language

Chat room visitors will drop all sorts of objectionable words, despite written warnings, including "f--k" and "s--t".

Consumerism

The free app runs ads wherever it can find space and aggressively pushes in-game purchases. Players can also earn free songs with virtual gold coins through gameplay, which lets them unlock premium tracks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tap Tap Revenge 4 is a music rhythm game with some privacy and safety concerns. The game's online elements are also troubling -- particularly the chat rooms, which are full of obscene language, sexual talk, and occasional threats of violence. Users self-monitor the chat, meaning most of the offensive language is never reported. The gameplay is enjoyable and mostly harmless, with the possible exception of a few borderline lyrics within the songs themselves (though curse words are edited out of those songs).

What's it about?

Kids pick an avatar that has no meaning or display during play. Music selections are mostly pretty edgy and free music is limited. Once a song starts, icons slide down three tracks to three target areas where kids tap. Kids can earn coins toward additional song purchases but the app expects commercial offer participation to redeem. Developers could have chosen FTW for Free Track of the Week (rather than FTOW).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Judged solely on the gameplay elements, Tap Tap Revenge 4 is a wonderful app. The familiar tap-the-screen-in-time-with-the-music style of play doesn't get old, and the developers have picked a good selection of songs as a starter pack. Unfortunately, other elements, such as out of control commercialism and a chat room that resembles the Wild West make it entirely inappropriate for young players. Ads are plastered everywhere, and the game regularly tries to convince players to buy additional songs. Chat rooms, meanwhile, are self-moderated -- and offensive actions generally aren't reported, since so many people are doing the same thing. That's sad, because online gameplay is actually a lot of fun, letting you compare your skills to others.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Arts: music, rhythm
Skills:Self-Direction: work to achieve goals, working efficiently
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 22, 2010
Category:Music Games
Publisher:Tapulous
Version:4.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written byClearastheSea April 27, 2011

Very good

This app isn't for younger kids because you can't control what music it will give you for advancing in level, but a lot of teens I know love this game. It teaches you to follow beats and rhythmic patterns within songs.
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic March 17, 2012

Good Game - with action required

Tap Tap Revenge 4 is an app that you can download on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Chat rooms are now disabled and so younger kids will have a safer environment to play. A good game for older kids, teens and possibly adults.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byInstantreview4you October 18, 2011

Great but

The game itself is great but the online is terrible . People cuss talk sexually and say things that should not be said this is terrible DO NOT GET THIS APP

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