Elite Beat Agents
Agents are go! Could it be the best on DS?
The neighbours have called the grammar police to complain, but as soon as they arrived they found themselves with a pint in one hand and a mike in the other, singing along to dodgy karaoke with everyone else. Elite Beat Agents can't be stopped, and has to be the most infectious game I have ever played.
It's impossible to put down, and I had to keep telling myself "just one more song" until I finally found myself looking at my clock at 4 in the morning... a month later.
The notion of playing as three male cheerleaders who dance to solve people's problems isn't exactly sane, but as soon as you tap the stylus in sync with the music for the first time it instantly becomes the most ingenious idea ever and you wonder why no one has thought of it before.
"It instantly becomes the most ingenious idea ever and you wonder why no one has thought of it before."
Due to the sheer number of imports, iNiS made the entirely new Elite Beat Agents, which sports a track list aimed for western audiences instead of just translating the original in the hope to entice more people into getting it. Well its worked, and will make it over to Europe at the start of March.
The game itself is pretty simple, you have to tap your stylus on the screen in beat with the music to get the agents to dance and inspire those in need to get over their problems which range from babysitting to saving the world from alien invasion. Easy in theory, but much harder in practice as the beats start to get closer together and the songs get faster.
Each beat earns you points, and you have to keep your points total above a certain level to successfully complete a mission. They also chuck in some sliding and spinning for good measure, to push your endurance and your sanity. Miss a beat and you find yourself losing your rhythm, as well as failing the mission. If you thought beating the last song on "Breezin" mode was hard, just wait until you step it up to "Sweatin" mode, the description doesn't lie! It had me sweating in frustration and pulling my hair out. I now wear a hat.
The track list isn't exactly amazing, including songs such as Avril Lavigne's Ska8ter Boi and even Y.M.C.A (dear god, no!) but you really won't care - you'll be having too much fun giggling away at the outrageous storylines that come in a nice bright comic like format.
There's also a multiplayer option, where you can either compete against up to three others or play co-operatively where you take turns to complete song segments. You'll both need copies of the game to play co-operatively, but you can download play against each other, albeit with considerably less song choice.
It's great knowing that you make a better cheerleader than everyone else - your mother would be proud!