Excerpt: Zzzzzzzzz….. Zzzzzzzzz….. Zzzzzzzzz….. hrm... wh... wha? Oh jeez, sorry! I must have dozed off while prepping for the review of Technic Beat . I sat down in front of my computer to do this piece, but I guess the sandman got the best of me with a little… well, with a lot of help from developer Arika. Anyway, since I'm awake… One sunny day, I got an envelope in the mail from our fearless leader.
Excerpt: Sure, Technic Beat is yet another music and rhythm game from the music and rhythm game crazed Japanese, but this one is a bit different. The first sign of this is that there is no dance pad included in the game. In fact, you don’t even play the game with a dance pad. Instead of mimicking on screen moves by pressing the D-pad, you are given control over a character on a fantastical dance floor.
Conclusion: TB doesn’t feature any licensed tracks from any musical artists, instead it features songs from classic Namco titles. It may have made TB a lot stronger of a game had it featured licensed tracks from various artists, but unfortunately that is not the case. A lot of the music is childish and can get annoying at times. One area where TB really stands out is the amount of game modes available. There are a total of ten available game modes.
Excerpt: Technic Beat is a wacky rhythm game that’s more than just timing your button presses; it also requires you to strategically place your character(s) on the screen. The graphics of Technic Beat are... unique, yeah that’s the word for it. Each music stage is filled with bright colors and a ton of detail. The characters each have their own wacky Japanese style that would fit right at home in Taiko: Drum Master .
Excerpt: Thereís only one videogame genre where something like a rapping dog, goofy-looking dancing and various other oddities is acceptable: the rhythm/music genre. Technic Beat bursts onto the scene with a whole slew of strange things, such as a penguin that waddles around a dance floor, a funky life-size teddy bear, and visuals seemingly plucked out of an acid trip done right. But that isnít all Technic Beat provides.
Excerpt: Diaphanous flowers in electric colors bloom and shimmer as freaky characters slide, spin and waddle across the dance floor in time with the ever-present beat. Little eruptions of colored notes, ripple effects and plenty of other psychedelic eye candy appear in beautiful patterns around them as they go through their intricate dances. The scene is fantastically mesmerizing, a kaleidoscopic vision of hallucinogenic bliss.