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BIT.TRIP BEAT - Miniature WiiWare Review

posted 2 Dec 2009, 16:22 by Billy White   [ updated 23 Oct 2011, 08:00 by Knuckles Sonic8 ]
WiiWare | Rhythm Action | Gaijin Games / Aksys | 1-4 Player co-op | Out Now - 600 Nintendo Points

With the BIT.TRIP series, the developers decided to take the "retro theme" idea, and put a unqiue spin on it by adding more modern aspects to it, something that works really well in action. The aim of the game is to move your paddle up and down to defend the left hand side of the screen from small blocks (or "beats") which are constantly flying towards you (slightly akin to the basic gameplay of Pong), something simple enough at first, but with extra depth from the very beginning.

    To enhance play, you must control your paddle by twisting your Wii remote towards and away from yourself, a method which may sound daunting and unnecessary at first, but manages to work wonderfully, allowing for more control over speed and accuracy. Up to four player co-op play is also available, and even though the bat size is compromised due to the extra help, it provides some great fun with friends. Adding to the experience even further, the beats that fly towards you all make a "bleep" sound when they come into contact with your paddle, forming a fantastically catchy tune as you progress through each of the three levels. Some of them also move in imaginative ways just to fool you, but whilst this may be a tad confusing from time to time, it also manages to add much more personality and difficulty to the gameplay.

    All in all, BEAT is a great start to the new BIT.TRIP series, with great gameplay to accompany the fantastic aesthetic style, although sometimes the background imagery (which vaguely displays a story if you pay close attention) can distract you. With the levels clocking up around fifteen to twenty minutes each time, it can also be a pain when you constantly fail at a difficult section and have to start over again, but for hardcore gamers, it's well worth a download at just 600 points.Billy White

Gameplay 8/10 - Presentation 9/10 - Enjoyment 4/5 - Other 3/5