Dropchord for Android falls somewhere between an arcade game and a visualizer. So, if you’re a dab hand at Pac Man but can’t hold down a bongo beat – the chances are you’ll be in your element here.
Dropchord is set to a thumping soundtrack of original electronic composition, but the music is there to be enjoyed not interacted with. While a lot of the on-screen movement is stylishly synchronised with what’s happening in the audio track, your part in the action can feel weirdly separate – like standing in the side-room of a loud club playing a Game Boy game. We don’t recommend doing that by the way, you’ll attract some looks.
Using multiple fingers, the gaming elements involve collecting as many of the circular blobs as you can while avoiding slightly differently shaped blobs. If that doesn’t sound particularly groundbreaking, it’s because it isn’t, but the gameplay is exaggerated by the impressively garish neon lighting. It all looks very 80s, but it’s an aesthetic we can get down with.
While Dropchord is full of decent ideas and bursting with these vivid blasts of colour, It’s hard to lose the feeling that you’re playing a primitive version of what else is out there. In the age of Guitar Hero – in which you can upload your own tracks and play them out on what is essentially a handheld dance mat – this feels more like a bit of interactive promo for the game’s original music. Not that it’s bad, or that the gameplay is unenjoyable – but a little more variety or some recognisable songs would have gone a long way.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you’re easily amazed by visualizers, Dropchord has some seriously slick colour patterns to get lost in. As a game in it’s own right, though, there’s not a lot to see.