Let's Tap

 
Finger tapping creates unique game that's party perfect.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Since this is a game better played in a group than alone, it offers a way for a group or family to bond over playing a video game together. It shows that friendly competition amoung friends can be fun.

Positive role models

The gel guy avatars celebrate when winning but in a cute way that isn't offensive.

Ease of play

Part of the magic of this game is that anyone can play it. All you have to do is tap your fingers

Violence & scariness

In one game mode, you shoot at space ships but no one is hurt. In the race mode, your avatar can be zapped by electricity, fall down or into a void, or get flattened by giant  rectangular shapes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this unique Wii game can be the foundation of a fun family game night. This game encourages up to four people to play together, and levels the playing field between gamers and non-gamers because all you have to know how to do is tap your fingers. One of the five game types involves shooting at spaceships in outer space but no one is hurt.

What's it about?

LET'S TAP, a new Wii party game from Sega, offers families a different way to play on the Wii. Instead of holding the Wii remote and mimicking real life actions, in this game you place the Wii remote face down onto the surface of a box and then tap the box with your fingers. The reverberations created by your fingers drumming on the surface register with the Wii remote. It is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between when you are hitting the surface lightly, with a little force, or with a whack. And these three degrees of tapping create the foundation for a fun party game experience. Families can explore five different types of multi-leveled games. Each type has its appeal and can be played with up to four friends; but the standout game is \"Tap Runner,\" a multi-level race game where you control your gel guy by tapping. Each level has different traps and interactive devices that can help or hurt you to reach the goal line. The fun comes from figuring out what tap will help you navigate the various devices. There are tightropes (which can only be crossed using light taps) and hurdles (which need carefully timed firm taps). And, if your timing is off, your gel guy stumbles and squishes on the track.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Let's Tap is surprisingly fun to play with others. It is a perfect party game because it is refreshingly different from other Wii party games, easy to play, and fun to watch. It is one of those rare games that brings non-gamers to the Wii, while satisfying Wii aficionados. In addition to addicting "Tap Runner," the other four types of games are also interesting to explore; particularly "Rhythm Tap," a simplified version of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. With "Rhythm Tap," since there are no fancy controllers, non-gamers don't feel intimidated and can easily follow the icons telling them when to tap.

Let's Tap is one of those games where, if you are in a room with a group that is playing it, you'll want a turn. Plus, it is fun to watch while waiting for your turn, because the antics of the gel guys will have the whole room laughing. Let's Tap is a surefire crowd pleaser.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how media like this can create a fun bonding experience. Can you think of other games like this one?

  • Did you mind that there were no gel gals -- only gel guys? Do you relate to the avatars in the game?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:June 16, 2009
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 8 years old March 4, 2012
age 2+
 

very easy

In one mode you just tap. In another you need reflexes which makes like a exercise game for your fingers! ;]
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Teen, 14 years old Written byGoKoolaidKayKay December 26, 2009
age 6+
 

Seriously.

Would you really trust a game called "lets tap?" :O
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old March 12, 2010
age 6+
 

omg this game is bad

In one game mode you shoot at spaceships,but no one gets hurt.I personally hate this game but younger kids may like it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages

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