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Tap Tap
Tap Tap logo.jpg
Genre(s) Music
Developer(s) Tapulous
Publisher(s) Tapulous
First release Tap Tap Revolution
September 11, 2007
Latest release Kings Of Leon Revenge
March 11, 2010
Official website

Tap Tap is a series of rhythm games by Tapulous available for the iPhone OS of which several versions, both paid for and free, have been produced. The goal of the game is to tap each of the colored balls when they reach a line at the bottom of the screen. If the ball is hit on the beat, the player gains points, but if not, it counts as a miss. There are also "shakes", which require the player to move the iPhone or iPod touch to the right, left, or backwards. The franchise has combined sales of over ten million as of September 2009, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.[1]



To date there are eleven games available in the Tap Tap series of games: Tap Tap Revenge, Nine Inch Nails Revenge, Tap Tap Dance, Christmas with Weezer, Tap Tap Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band Revenge, Lady Gaga Revenge and Tap Tap Revenge 2 along with the recently released titles, Tap Tap Revenge 3, Metallica Revenge, and Kings of Leon Revenge.


Tap Tap Revenge

The first game in the series, Tap Tap Revenge, was created and developed by Tapulous, a startup company at the time of release. The company creates applications for the iPhone and iPod touch such as these applications, Collage, Fortune, Twinkle, and Friend Book.[2] Originally, the game was developed by Nate True for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches, and was called Tap Tap Revolution, after the Dance Dance Revolution series.[2] Also for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches, many people created themes which could be downloaded from the Cydia application to make the games theme look like Guitar Hero or Rock Band. Tapulous bought the game from True, and added features such as online tournaments, leader boards, and multi-player mode to the game.[2] Tapulous hired a team of "rock star" game developers to work the game on US$1.8 million in raised funds.[2] There is also a "Revenge mode" which 8x the scores each beat players hit. To activate the "Revenge mode", players have to shake the iPhone or the iPod touch slightly to activate it, and must already have a 50 beat streak.

Tap Tap Revenge 2

Tap Tap Revenge 2 gameplay

On March 3, 2009, Tap Tap Revenge 2 was released. Available as a free and separate application, it is an overhaul of the original Tap Tap Revenge and features the new graphics engine and gameplay dynamics first featured in Tap Tap Dance and Christmas With Weezer.[3] The game also introduces a new Career Achievements system.[4] There is also a "Kids Mode", improved online play with a ranking system, Facebook integration, news bulletins, improved menus, and over 200 songs with new tracks every week. Tap Tap Revenge became the most-downloaded free application on the App Store only three days after its release, and reached half a million downloads over that period.[5]. On May 22, 2009, Tapulous updated the game to version 2.5, which added the availability of themes to be used during gameplay and the ability to import songs from "premium" (paid) versions of Tap Tap Revenge.

Tap Tap Revenge 3

Tap Tap Revenge 3 is Tapulous' third flagship Tap Tap game. The main feature of Tap Tap Revenge 3 is in-game purchase of songs, which is now possible because of version 3.0 of the iPhone OS. The game was the first to be sold, and not given away, however later it was made into a free App. There are over 200 2-song packs and 6-song packs available from popular artists including Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Tiesto, The Killers, Korn, Megadeth, Queens of the Stone Age, Rise Against, Weezer, All-American Rejects, AFI, Keith Urban, The Crystal Method, Miike Snow, and Lynyrd Skynyrdand other artist such as newcomers Ke$ha, Lady GaGa and Owl City . Tap Tap Revenge 3 also features new social features and a new user interface. It also includes an avatar that the player can design clothing for that is bought with "coins" that are won by completing a song. Tap Tap Revenge 3 became the best selling game on the App Store ever when it hit #1 in under 24 hours in the paid App store, and as well in the free app store.

Nine Inch Nails Revenge

In October 2008, Tapulous announced that they were working on a Nine Inch Nails-branded version of Tap Tap Revenge, including a special Nine Inch Nails skin and 16 songs from the band's albums Ghosts I-IV and The Slip, some of which would be specially edited for the game.[6] This was to be the first non-free game in the series.[7]

Tap Tap Dance

In December 2008, Tapulous released the second non-free game of the series Tap Tap Dance, an updated version of Tap Tap Revenge which features a revamped graphics engine, and ten songs by well-known artists including Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk. The game also introduces two and three-finger taps, tap-and-holds (similar to chords in other rhythm games), and boss levels which are uniquely-styled and more challenging than standard songs.[3]

Christmas with Weezer

Tapulous also released Christmas with Weezer, which features the new graphics engine and gameplay dynamics, and allows players to tap to a series of Christmas carols performed by rock band Weezer. The songs "Pork and Beans" and "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived" from the band's Red Album are also added to the songlist. The game also features a new "Kids Mode", in which the score rises no matter where the player taps on the screen.[8]

Tap Tap Coldplay

Tap Tap Coldplay was released to the App Store on April 2, 2009 and features songs from Coldplay and a special edition graphical interface. On May 28, 2009, version 1.1 was released adding two more songs to the title, bringing the total to thirteen.

Dave Matthews Band Revenge

Dave Matthews Band Revenge features 10 songs from Dave Matthews Band including two hit singles from their new album.

Lady Gaga Revenge

Lady Gaga Revenge features 14 tracks by Lady Gaga including 4 remixes of her songs. It was launched on June 9, 2009. As a promotion for Lady Gaga Revenge, Tapulous offered a contest to win four backstage passes to a Lady Gaga concert, in which fans would meet her. Participation in the contest required the submission of high scores for all songs featured in the game. Tapulous also offered a thirty-day giveaway of autographed The Fame albums to other fans who submitted scores. In an interview with USA Today, Gaga mentioned, "my record label might kill me for saying this, but you are essentially purchasing my album for $4.99 and you are also getting a game. So you are getting way more bang for your buck."[9]

Metallica Revenge

Metallica Revenge gameplay

Metallica Revenge is Tapulous' tenth Tap Tap game, and the sixth to focus on a band. The game features ten songs by Metallica. The main addition for this game is the ability to play peer-to-peer over Bluetooth and the Arcade Mode. New weapons have been added for the Arcade mode and peer-to-peer. Metallica Revenge also features a brand new 5-rail feature and continues the use of the 4 rail feature introduced in Lady Gaga Revenge.

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