Top 8 | Music Games for iPhone

Music games and rhythm games are certainly among the most popular among casual gamers these days, and given the rise in casual gaming that has come with mobile platforms such as the iPhone, you would think we might have a little more choice! That is especially evident if you consider just how popular stuff like Guitar Hero on consoles is these days. Still, we took to the app store recently to come up with a Top 8 Music Games, which is really a general term that can be applied to anything that is a game experience involving music. I kind of half expected to come up with a list almost entirely comprised of rhythm games or tap-based deals, but that really wasn’t the case. Instead, we found a bunch of cool games that took existing genres such as the beat em up (The Rhythm of Fighters) and arcade shooter (Groove Coaster) and then applied the idea of rhythm to them in order to really enhance the experience. Check out our favorite music games on the iPhone below, and then suggest your own in the comments section at the bottom!

8. Beat Gather (Free)

Beat Gather is a game that I think could do with some spit and polish, but I can’t help but mention it simply because of the fact that it lets you create as well as listen and interact. Most music and rhythm games have a set tracklist to play with, and you get used to the songs and the rhythms fairly quickly. Beat Gather on the other hand lets you create your own challenges and play any song from your playlist! There is also the option to choose songs from those uploaded by other users, so never again will your music game become stale because you’ve heard it all before and don’t want to spend money on unlocking new tracks when you already have lots of music stored on your device. – Download from iTunes

7. Tap Studio 3 (Free)

Tap Studio is similar to the above in that it allows you to create your own tap patterns to any song in your iTunes catalogue. You can then share these creations with others or play along to other users’ taps if you’re perhaps bored of your own musical selection. I should note that these custom made taps aren’t nearly as good as the ones you find in the game, especially when it comes to design, but it’s a huge amount of fun to record taps to songs you already know and love – and even more fun to then upload this and get feedback from other users. It does take a while to perfect, though! – Download from iTunes

6. SongPop (Free)

SongPop did fairly well in our recent look at iOS trivia games, and so I thought I’d throw it in here to be considered among the slew of rhythm games. While it stands out from the above in that it’s just basically a name that tune game and as such can’t really be compared to the other games featured here, it’s still a huge amount of fun – especially when playing with friends. You take it in turns to name the songs or the artists as quickly as you can, with points being rewarded for those who answer the quickest and removed if you need clues. While the stock set of questions does seem somewhat dated and obviously geared towards fans of pop music and little else, there are a load of packs that you can download using coins gained in the game or for a set price as an in app purchase. – Download from iTunes

5. The Rhythm of Fighters (Free)

The Rhythm of Fighters

I mentioned this one above, and it’s perhaps the one game from this list that I’m still playing regularly. I’m a huge fan of beat em ups including those created by Capcom and SNK, so this one was really a must have once I saw that SNK had turned their hand to something slightly different. Here, you basically have to play in what is a traditional beat em up game world and with well known SNK characters, but it becomes all about rhythm and not just about button bashing. As such, there becomes a real lyrical quality to each of the moves you dish out. – Download from iTunes

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