Challenge yourself not to miss any of the notes coming at you.
Move with the music and hit with the beat to maintain your rhythm as you go for your highest score.
Win the game by maintaining perfect accuracy with your flow and movements as you Kung Fu Dance your way through the game.
The Tapsonic World Championship app was first released for the mobile market in late 2017. Tapsonic is a simplistic rhythm beat game that is very intuitive that even without a tutorial, one will eventually learn how to play it sooner or later. The game was so easy and fun to play that an estimated volume of around 10 million downloads has been registered to date.
To describe Tapsonic is to describe a music player that has been turned into a game and a very immersive one at that. Immersive in a sense that once you start you can't just let it go until the song completes because you'll be so busy hitting all those notes that are coming at you. Lets start with the mobile or core version of the game.
For those of you who have worked with or at least familiar with music, beat, rhythm and compositional software applications like Music Maker, CakeWalk, GarageBand and the like, most of these have a keyboard player option. You have a keyboard on the screen and each piano key has an equivalent line where the notes are placed. By pressing the keys just like playing a piece on an organ or synth, notes are placed on these lines. If you hold down a key, a long rectangular line will be produced. A short tap will create squares and a longer tap, a little longer square.
Once you've done with your masterpiece and have saved the file you can now play your piece. That's when you'll see a bunch of rectangles long and short and squares travel towards the keyboard and sound off as they hit. The result. music or whatever you want to call that which you made.
In Tapsonic, you take the place of the keyboard as you see this army of long, short and even zigzag notes coming at you. The music will blare on but the notes will come in relation to the rhythm and beat of the tune. Your job is to make sure you catch all this notes by tapping or swiping on the screen and you are scored by the number of catches or misses you make.
All of this is represented from a 2D point of view like you're in front of the keyboard and you see the notes coming head on. You'll be frantically moving your fingers on your mobile device's screen.
In June of this year (2018), probably due to the popularity of the game, the developer has ported it to the VR world. Now available for both Oculus and Vive, Tapsonic World Championship VR can be found on Steam which is free2play. However, if you want additional songs, you will need to purchase a DLC package.
When you bring an app or a game into Virtual Reality, the look and feel of the original will drastically change. The game play and core mechanics may still be the same but the look and feel will be another thing altogether. The developers did short of a straight port because even the music is the same but in VR, this already awesome game became more spectacular. It may not be able to compare to the download rate of the original since not everyone has a VR headset and almost everyone has a smart phone but performance wise vis-a-vis, the VR game delivers.
You will basically find yourself in a dark black space (deep space if you will) face to face with what looks like a luminous ring that kind of looks like some portal. At both sides are lines of audio waves that peak in relation to the beat. If you will think of it, the ring kind of looks like the end of some space canon with you straight on the firing line. After choosing a song (You only have 3 with the free Early Access version) the canon starts shooting lasers and projectiles at you. That's what they look like in VR but they are actually the rectangles and squares of the keyboard PC players. They come at you in the same way they do in the mobile version but you’re in VR with a set of controllers for your hands.
In mobile you tap and swipe while sitting down or standing still. In VR you move your arms in sync with the beat and punch, push and slide at the incoming barrage. You are in the middle of the room with an HMD and stupidly dancing to the tune swinging your arms and having the time of your life. You are playing a dynamic game and dancing to the tune. If there's a song that describes the way you might look, it would be Kung Fu Fighting sang by Carl Douglas. Awesome.
Words cannot do justice to the exhilarating game play. You gotta do the Kung Fu to look the Foo Man Chu! In this game, the goal is Staying Alive and you got to move it to beat it. There's one caveat however and that's the lack of content. Content like the Disco tunes of the 70's and any old rhythm and beat that will make you dance.
If you have a VR headset at hand and you love to dance, exercise or sweat a little every now and then, give this game a try. It's basically free and you might just love it.