Tap Tap Revenge 4 for Android: Rushed (not that I’m complaining)
So here it is. Finally. Tap Tap Revenge for Android. I’ve always wanted an iPod touch for the sole purpose of playing TTR. If you ask me, it’s a killer app (click for definition). It’s the only application in the Apple App Store that’s worth dying for. I took an Android phone, and not an iPod touch because…you know.
Anyway, I was out of town yesterday to meet with cousins and stuff. At one point I was bored. I checked the Android Market for interesting things. Scrolling through the top free games, I saw Tap Tap Revenge. WTF? Seriously?
It was unbelievalble. I’ve always thought that Tapulous would never release a port for Android. I have already read from multiple message boards about the impossibility, including Tapulous’ forum itself. Some of the devs think it’s not a good idea to port to Android, since there are a lot of devices to consider. Different devices, processors, screen resolutions, the ability to perform multitouch, and the like. They even joked about making a lite version for the less powerful phones.
So anyway, before I downloaded the game, I triple checked the app author (Tapulous, check), app description (It’s professionally written. Check), and the date (Confused. It may just be an April fools joke. Seriously, it was April 2 GMT +8). I ended up downloading it.
I played for about 20 minutes, then took a screenshot to brag about the port, then stopped.
Why I stopped playing so soon:
- Take a look at the screenshot. An ad has been drawn over 3 buttons. THREE BUTTONS.
- My phone sucks (Optimus One).
- 600MHz isn’t enough to smoothly play the game. I had to overclock to 787MHz with the performance governor.
- The O1’s touchscreen will read only 2 points at a time. Plus, it’s VERY BUGGY.
- The main menu is VERY SLOW.
But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the game. I consider those small drawbacks, since it’s not really Tapulous’ fault, but my poor ability to choose a good phone properly. No really, that’s the most I can get for my budget.
Anyway, here’s a list of things I like about the game:
- Tapulous didn’t fuck us all up by giving a very very minimal TTR experience. I mean, it looks and works just like the iOS version.
- Tapulous ported the game.
- For a phone as bad as mine (320×480 resolution, 600MHz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU), the game ran and was playable.
- In-game performance was actually very good. (check above this bullet point)
- Same songs and shit from iOS version.
So yeah, that’s pretty much all that I can say. I’m planning of getting a Motorola Milestone by trading this phone JUST TO PLAY THE GAME. Also, I’m not expecting Tapulous to make a lot of performance tweaks to the game. What I would like to see are fixes to the UI design, and stuff. I mean, take a look at the ad placement.
Off to look for more tweaks.