What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
- work to achieve goals
- working efficiently
What Kids Can Learn
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.
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?
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.