From time to time, a game comes out that begs to be played. Addictive and entertaining, Boom Boom Rocket fits the bill.

User Rating: 9 | Boom Boom Rocket X360
Following the heels of similar success stories Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution, Boom Boom Rocket ups the ante. With pulse-pounding euro pop renditions of classics such as the 1812 Overture and Smooth Operator, Boom Boom Rocket will keep you on the edge of your seat. The premise of the game is simple, really. There's a purple line near the top of the screen, which represents the 'explode zone' - where you need to detonate the fireworks. As tubes are fired, they fly towards the top of the screen, with 2 visual cues. One is their color. Each one corresponds to the color of the buttons on the controller - blue, yellow, red, green. The rocket itself though, is an arrow indicator, showing the direction of the button to press (down is green, for example). So you're given a choice of recognizing color, or seeing the arrow directions. More choice is always a good thing.

The graphics are decent for an arcade title, sporting crisp particles and detailed cityscapes at nearly 60fps at 1080i resolution. It's nothing that will blow your mind, but certainly enough to make the game look beautiful and appealing to all. When you have enough points, you can trigger a bonus timer, that gives extra points. It also adds a full screen shader that makes the screen and fireworks far more impressive looking.

The only downfall I see to the game in it's initial release is the lack of more songs. There's roughly 10 or so songs, with future song releases a given. But I would have liked at least 20 songs (or more) for an initial release. After a short time, you'll find yourself growing weary of them.

The difficulty is quite steep for most songs, even on the medium setting. I'd suggest playing through every song, multiple times, on the easy setting. Become very familiar with the songs, timing and gameplay. Only after that, should you move on to the harder settings.

Overall, it's one of the better arcade releases lately. Certainly worth the small fee of admission.