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Sponsored Game Review: Dubstep Hero

June 21, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Dubstep Hero is a rhythm game much like the popular Guitar Hero franchise was, except this is all about electronic tunes and dubstep. Working on the same sort of premise as the Guitar Hero and Tap Tap Revenge games did, you need to hit the corresponding buttons in time to the music. This gives you your score and if you get really good you might be able to hit all the notes in a song. Dubstep Hero has tracks from the likes of Skrillex and Breaking News built-in ready for you to play, along with a bunch of others to try your hand at as well. Take a look at the trailer below to get a quick taste.

How it Works: In order to start jamming on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll need to download Dubstep Hero from the Play Store. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to play some songs.

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To choose a track to play just hit the Game button.

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When you start playing your chosen track, you’ll see notes – or beats – appear running down towards the corresponding buttons.

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As you hit the right buttons, you’ll see some encouraging words appear and when you see a longer note, you need to tap and then hold on that color.

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Don’t forget, there’s a variety of songs available to play, so why not take a look at them all?

Opinion: I was – and still am – a huge fan of the Guitar Hero games, and I still play Guitar Hero: Metallica with my friends every now and then. Back when I was using an iPhone, I was happy to see Tap Tap Revenge hit the smartphone, but the art style never took me and it just didn’t feel right. Dubstep Hero follows very closely in the footsteps of Guitar Hero in looks and its gameplay, but it works well and the five buttons that you have to hit are tricky to get right. Holding on as beats ring out is a nice touch and overall, Dubstep Hero is a simple and modern take on the failed game that many of us still love.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Dubstep hero works well on smartphones, but at times the timing can feel a little behind.
  • Features (4/5) – A nice, simple, modern take on a game that many of us wish was still around, Dubstep Hero brings a new genre of music with it and it’s a lot of fun to play.
  • Theme (4/5) – It sure sticks closely to the blueprint that Guitar Hero gave us, but the menus are simple to navigate, nothing gets in your way and it just works.
  • Overall (4/5) – A cool and fun new take on what we could call an old classic, Dubstep Hero is a sweet game for Dubstep fans and younger players to take a look at.

Pros

  • Easy to pickup and play, most people have played some sort of rhythm game by now after all.
  • Menus are a little plain, but these get them out of your way and help focus on getting your tune played through.
  • Puts your device in landscape to make sure you have enough room to hit all the buttons.
  • Lots of cool tracks to sink your teeth into, including those from Skrillex.

Cons

  • Timing feels a little beyond, making it easy to miss notes when you feel like you hit them.
  • Core mechanics play great, but the overall game could feel a little empty.

Conclusion: While it’s not going to be everyone’s ideal game to play on their smartphone, Dubstep Hero is a lot of fun. Those that have played Guitar Hero will instantly take to this and thanks to the fact it’s Dubstep pumping out of your phone, it’s catchy, has awesome beats and will appeal to modern listeners. It’s not perfect, as the timing could do with a little work, but for a free game that’s got some cool tracks built-in, this is something people will find a lot of fun.

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