Creator of PaRappa, Vib-Ribbon releases iPod game

While NanaOn-Sha and its president Masaya Matsuura have most recently been tied to the DS Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop series, they haven't forgotten their rhythm-based roots. The creators of original PlayStation games PaRappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon today released another music game,...

While NanaOn-Sha and its president Masaya Matsuura have most recently been tied to the DS Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop series, they haven't forgotten their rhythm-based roots. The creators of original PlayStation games PaRappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon today released another music game, musika, for Apple's iPod.

Released in conjunction with Sony BMG Music Entertainment and created by Masaya, NanaOn-Sha's musika is a combination music visualizer and game. Players choose a song from their library, and as the song plays, musika presents a series of characters using a variety of different effects. If the character on the screen is included in the title of the track, players have to push the iPod's center button. If it isn't, they can allow the letter to pass, or push the fast-forward or rewind buttons to skip to the next letter.

Consecutive correct inputs build the multiplier, while too many errant guesses will end the song early. There are also a handful of emoticon characters to provide bonuses along the way. The game includes three difficulty levels, high score lists, a visualizer, and a tutorial mode. It is now available to download for $4.99 through iTunes.

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41 comments
_meteora_
_meteora_

That game just sounds stupid, I'd rather play solitaire, and that comes preloaded on ipod vids

teh_leeto
teh_leeto

You click when the letter on the screen is in the song? No thank you. At least minigolf and bowling on the iPod was almost fun, this is just madness

lsny
lsny

Vib-Ribbon was one of the most fun, simple games I ever played, though I'd never get an iPod just to play this game.

AlbertWesker316
AlbertWesker316

Well i played it and liked it.Its not revolutionary but its nice,and u can put some relaxing songs on (deftones=xerces or the birthday massacre=hoilday or dir en grey=amber) You can really relaxe to this as a game for bed or whenever.

bloodcow666
bloodcow666

Can't Believe there making u pay, their just trying 2 nickel and dime u out of your money with a lame game +ipods dont make games that what a DS is for

SadiqueDoux
SadiqueDoux

I got an ipod to pack in tons of music wherever I go, not to play games. Thanks, but no thanks. If I want to play a game wherever I go- that's where my DS comes in handy...

kave-man007
kave-man007

so what there there makin games for the iphone

LiliShake
LiliShake

Wow... Sounded more interesting before I read the article.

curua02
curua02

For something to do while waiting on the bus with your iPod, $5 isn't bad. I'd rather have good ol' Tetris for that purpose, though.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Well, iPods do need some more games that involve music, sense it is an mp3 player. It doesn't sound too hard to me. Maybe you're supposed to play it when you're waiting for something, such as waiting for your girlfriend to pick out clothes at the mall.

RunningMansKid
RunningMansKid

WOW that sounds so not fun. im gonna give it a try, but it sounds really really lame...about as lame as the games the ipod comes with.

the_deathstar
the_deathstar

sounds as much fun as playing yourself in tictactoe

Cheeba_puff
Cheeba_puff

you just know that's gonna play havoc with the ipod's battery life :P

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

I'm guessing they're making games for the iPhone, the iPod game is just a milestone.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

don't download this! if that, if i may say, poor idea of simply pressing a button upon a correct answer (character whatever) as they pass by, just buy the iquiz (not promoting anything whatsoever) because it's 2 bucks and it has the same thing, plus a lot of more game modes............ what a rip off! EDIT: correction it's only a buck (99 cents), i just looked...

TTDog
TTDog

Vib Ribbon was great fun, could be worth a look.

whgresiak
whgresiak

That's gonna be a game? Sounds pretty stupid

billysea
billysea

I could be wrong, but isn't they also made Elite Beat Agents?

serabii
serabii

hmmm.. curious I may just ask my friends who have an I-pod if it's worth the price XD

vaejas
vaejas

I'll wait for the iPhone version. Come to that, I'll wait for an iPhone.

Yit810
Yit810

I have it, game would be MUCH better if it was actually a game.

ReggieNametaker
ReggieNametaker

Wow, 'established' fake indie-ness has all of a sudden become trendy? Joy...

Newnab
Newnab

Someone get Vib Ribbon on Xbox Live Arcade already.

bulletsword
bulletsword

hmm.... i might actually take a look at this.

jbot666
jbot666

This game fits well with the Ipod

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

it might be cool to have a crappy racing game that takes advantage of the click wheel. Or maybe a crappy driving game where you use the click wheel like a steering wheel, and the click for honking your horn

Turisman4
Turisman4

I really have no idea how this game works, but I might give it a try.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

sounds cool but i don't really like IPOD games

814StopsToday
814StopsToday

If IPod's weren't so terrible I'd get this, as is, I'll stick to my Sony MP3 player, they're far better

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

If it's from the creators from the original PaRappa the Rapper, then it must be good! :D

darthzew
darthzew

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king_bobo
king_bobo

I'd buy it... if I had an ipod...

allmybase
allmybase

I'd actually find it interesting if they could somehow rework Vib Ribbon to work on iPods. That game seemed to be like a very interesting gem from the PS1 days that a lot of people missed out on and it could be a suitable match for something like the iPod. If I recall, the original Vib Ribbon used on the system's limited amount of RAM, so I doubt size would be much of an issue. Perhaps a homebrewer could figure it out once they learn how to make iPod games?

thatpinguino
thatpinguino

Wow a game for the iPod how interesting! (sarcasm)

Polybren
Polybren

While NanaOn-Sha and its president Masaya Matsuura have most recently been tied to the DS Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop series, they haven't forgotten their rhythm-based roots. The creators of original PlayStation games PaRappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon today released another music game, musika, for Apple's iPod.

Released in conjunction with Sony BMG Music Entertainment and created by Masaya, NanaOn-Sha's musika is a combination music visualizer and game. Players choose a song from their library, and as the song plays, musika presents a series of characters using a variety of different effects. If the character on the screen is included in the title of the track, players have to push the iPod's center button. If it isn't, they can allow the letter to pass, or push the fast-forward or rewind buttons to skip to the next letter.

Consecutive correct inputs build the multiplier, while too many errant guesses will end the song early. There are also a handful of emoticon characters to provide bonuses along the way. The game includes three difficulty levels, high score lists, a visualizer, and a tutorial mode. It is now available to download for $4.99 through iTunes.