Guitar! by Smule is Simply Not Fun

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Smule, Inc.  | 47.7 MB | Free

Smule, one of the most prevalent music entertainment app developers, recently released their newest creation “Guitar!” in which players strum and pluck their way through a library of tracks spanning Jason Mraz to Ed Sheeran. You play through the game slowly but surely collecting coins,  hoping to unlock content such as more songs and guitars. Despite the solid foundation, “Guitar!“ fails to innovate in any noteworthy areas and instead brings a rather mediocre experience.

Gameplay

The mechanics in “Guitar!” are very simple. The player must complete a variety of songs in order progress further in the game. By tapping, strumming, and changing chords when the targets hit the indicator, players build up a cumulative score for the song, which does not have much significance beyond unlocking the medium difficulty. Coins are the real incentive for performing well, as they allow the player to purchase songs and two different types of guitars. However, doing so is not particularly fun. Due to the lack of difficulty in the songs, the repetitive nature of the game, and the minuscule amount of coins each performance receives, it felt like a grind. I understand the mentality of working towards more content, but it simply was not fun to play for extended periods

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Guitar! during play.

Controls

As with any music game, the controls must be responsive or the entire experience is left in shambles. Luckily, “Guitar!” incorporates solid controls. Strumming, tapping, and changing chords felt responsive and precise. Not once did I encounter a problem with the controls.

Graphics

“Guitar!” was not meant to be a graphical powerhouse; as a result, the graphics are simple and non-intrusive. The color scheme of the chords–blue, yellow, and pink–are vibrant enough to easily differentiate between them during play without much thought. The backgrounds and menus aren’t dazzling, but they serve their purpose adequately.

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This is where is gets interesting. “Guitar!” does not contain the original vocals in the songs. Rather, Smule has provided vocals from talented users from their own “Sing!” app. So while you won’t hear an absolute butchery of “I’m Yours,” you won’t hear the actual artists either. Personally, I thought that Smule picked some excellent singers to cover the tracks and I didn’t feel like they detached from the experience in a profound way. In addition, the guitars were clear and crisp. Overall, the sound is quite good, though the vocal quirks may irk some players.

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Several of the players that have provided their voices to the game.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I feel like Smule executed the fundamentals well, but the game isn’t something that is very fun for more than a few minutes at a time. The overwhelming repetitive nature of the game just transforms it into a chore to unlock additional content. Since it is free, I would recommend you try it if you’re interested, but it is certainly not an app that will remain on my iDevices.

3-stars-out-of-5

Available on App Store

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