BIT.TRIP BEAT is actually a really cool rhythm game. I wasn't expecting much with this title, but I'm pleasantly surprised. It's quite addictive, and the difficulty is there as well. The basic concept is kind of like pong, where you hit little dots with your pattle as they come flying toward you, but as the level progresses and the beat gets more intense the patterns the dots come at you increase in difficulty. There are all sorts of neat effects, like disappearing, dots that freeze your pattle, double time, pattle shrink, bouncing dots, etc. It's a lot of fun; however, the levels are extremely long, and if you end up losing, it takes forever to get back to the position you were at when you "died". This is unfortunate, because it really discourages you from playing again. So, although it's addictive, it's really only good for pick up and play gaming.
That said, the sound quality and gameplay this game offers is extremely high, just try the "Test" level on the main menu (which is a Portal reference) and you'll see what I mean. But, while we're on that topic, the menus are needlessly complex and quirky. When you click on an item, a dot crosses the screen and you have to bounce it off your pattle to enter that submenu. It's eye rolling, but that's really the only complaint, besides the length of the levels, that I have.
Addictive and fun gameplay
High sound quality
Good as far as rhythm games go
"Test" level is awesome
Soundtrack and level design can get lengthy and repetitive
Stupid main menu design
I would recommend grabbing this title. I think it's unique and great for pick up and play gaming. Nice for a 10 minute game, much like a Shmup is. B