“Groove Coaster is possibly my favourite music game on the app store. It takes the expected devices of the music genre, and makes them fun again. Really, stupidly fun.
As music plays, you tap the screen to hit notes that correspond to the song, earning you ‘groove’. You need a certain amount of groove to complete each level. The twist is, you’re literally riding the music as you play it. Your avatar glides forwards upon a single line, and you have to tap when it comes across targets. The line is designed to reflect the music you’re playing, so with a percussion heavy track the line is jaggedy and packed with sharp corners, whereas more laid-back tracks are accompanied by a far more fluidly turning line. Background animation fizzles and whirls and glows and does everything it can to distract you from play, upping the amount of concentration you need to stay on track. And pretty soon, as the line is diving and leaping into the air, straying left and right on the screen and jolting your avatar about like an Indian bus passenger, the camera starts to swirl around the screen, changing angles and moving in time to the music. All the while, you have to keep on tapping to hit targets…”