Tapsonic Bold, a rhythm game from the makers of DJMax Respect, is worth a visit – Destructoid


It has 82 tracks

We don’t have enough prolific rhythm games in the market today, but publisher Neowiz is trying to change that.

With outputs like DJMax Respect and more recently, Tapsonic Bold (a PC port of the popular mobile series), the genre becomes a little more alive.

Tapsonic Bold, the rhythmic, keyboard-centric beat, is finally out of Early Access and live on Steam.

Much like Neowiz, there isn’t a full tutorial (just a basic, no-nuance rundown on some of the more complex concepts), so if you absolutely need this sort of thing (a reasonable request), you might want to go back. Oh, and there’s the fact that Tapsonic Bold is incredibly durable, even at the start with just four keys (it goes up to six lines / letters: S, D, F | J, K, L).

The idea is that you play notes when they line up like a piano, much like the classic browser game. Flash Flash Revolution (a lot, I have a lot of memories with this one, like my whole network engineering class gathered to watch me erase a particularly brutal song). Opening and closing lanes that add or subtract notes is the main gadget and works great to keep you on your toes.

The concept is as simple as it gets because there aren’t a lot of tips or extras. You pay $ 20, get 82 songs (with paid DLC coming soon), and control the game through your keyboard with the ability to bind all six keys you need. In-game options are sparse, with a resolution / fullscreen / v-sync toggle, volume control, calibration settings for specific monitors (but not an in-game calibration mode), and graphics toggles. /display. It is a perfect example of the type of music you will find it in this soundtrack with pop and electro accents. Tapsonic jumps into a myriad of subgenres like dream, k-pop, and dubstep, but generally goes back to those two basic sounds. M2U kills him, as usual.

My only real issue isn’t the music, but the UI itself and the lack of progression. As long as you go for solo and arcade modes, you can change the difficulty setting for any song (there are four: easy, normal, hard, and expert), but the actual song options beyond that. this point are basic, with a few note styles, key sounds, and backgrounds to choose from. It’s great to have the flesh of the game unlocked from the start, but for as flashy and as stylish as DJMax Respect was, Tapsonic does not feel quite on the same level.

Still, if you’re the kind of old-school rhythm player who’s willing to look past those flaws and just focus on the music, you’ll be fine. I’m that kind of person and had to squint my eyes to identify most of these issues, when they’ll probably be more obvious if you haven’t played a staple genre in ages.

Chris Carter

Director of Reviews, Co-EIC – Chris has been a avid fan of Destructoid since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, create an account and start blogging in January 2009. Now he’s on staff!


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