In reference to my earlier post about Rock Band and Tap Tap Revenge, iPod.Touch (coincidentally my IRL brother) has put together a fairly detailed and interesting comparison of the two games, for those of you who are still undecided on whether to part with $10. You can read all about it after the break, and I’ll update this post later with a video I’m currently uploading of RB vs TTR too.
See you after the jump!
So, Rock Band has been out for iPhone for less than 5 minutes compared to the time that Tap Tap has been available, but which is better? Well, lets start with the newly released app by EA. Rock Band has been a big hit everywhere, competing with Guitar Hero. But now it’s here for iPhone/iPod Touch. But the question is, is it any good? Tap Tap has been around for longer than some you think. (Man, I loved those 1.1.2 days…) It’s always been a hit and has slowly improved over the years.
First price. Rock Band is a hefty £5.99($9.99) and Tap Tap 3 is only 59p($0.99). So, I think we’ll start this comparison with a 1-0 to Tap Tap 3. Well, we’ll start with what I really noticed first about Rock Band. Speed. If you don’t mind waiting three or four minutes for this app to load, then it’s alight. But really, that long to open a basic application? In my eyes, that’s too much of a wait. However, Tap Tap Revenge 3, which was designed especially for use on the iPhone/iPod Touch, loads in as little as 10 seconds. Pretty fast if you ask me. And that’s not all, because Tap Tap is also a lot faster at loading the songs up and menus, whereas Rock Band does take at least a minute or two. By the way, in case you were wondering, I am using an iPhone 3G 3.0.1. So, it’s 2-0 to Tap Tap.
The next thing that really struck me, was the song choices. I don’t know about you, but I only know 5/6 songs from the whole of the Rock Band song list! However, there is a music store on the app which lets you purchase song packs for 59p($99). Each one contains two songs, and currently there are 5 song pack, but hopefully EA will add more in the future. Tap Tap has a much more wider range of music and quite a few of them I know of! Currently on Tap Tap Revenge 3, there are 100 free songs available for download, and on top of that, there are 7 mini-albums to purchase, each containing 6 songs. What’s also included in any song you download is a theme for that song! So, it’s 3-0 to Tap Tap Revenge 3.
Next, it’s online play. On Rock Band, you can play with you friends over bluetooth. The good part about this is that you don’t have to be playing the same instrument. You can be playing the guitar and your friend can be playing the drums. You can have up to 4 players over bluetooth, but that’s it. You can’t have multiplayer over Wi-Fi which is a shame. With Tap Tap Revenge 3, however, you can play over Wi-Fi and also chat to people over Wi-Fi. With multiplayer on Tap Tap 3, you are competing whereas Rock Band is more like a ‘band’ session, where you all play together and try to help your mates out if they fail because they thought they could do hard but couldn’t. So, excluding the competing mode on Tap Tap and the band session on Rock Band (It’s your own personal preference). I think that Tap Tap wins again! 4-0 to Tap Tap 3.
Final notes to add: On Rock Band, you can either play for fun(quick play), or play a career challenge where you and your band try to become a hit. You can also choose the instrument you want to play with, whether it be a guitar, bass, drums or vocals (which is total rubbish). On Tap Tap 3, you play for coins and to up your level. You can then boast about your level. Also, in Tap Tap 3 you can choose and customize a character of your choice, and buy new things for it, like a shoe, or a background.
Finally, in both apps, you can unlock achievements:
So, to conclude, if you want a cheap, ‘pick up and play’ type game where you can challenge friends and earn points then Tap Tap 3 is for you. However, if you want to play with you friends and don’t mind paying an extra £5.40($9) just to have the word ‘Rock Band’ on your iDevice, then Rock Band’s the way to go!