Bit.Trip Beat Review

Bit.Trip Beat Review

Oct 30, 2012

Ever play a game, then come back to it a long time later and find your reaction completely changed to it? Well, Bit.Trip Beat caused that to happen to me, for one big reason. This rhythm-meets-Pong game just never really clicked with me before, as I found it too difficult to control and thus enjoy.

Now, when I’ve played Bit.Trip Beat before, it’s usually been on normal. I’m a big manly man, I don’t like my games easy. I’ve played it on iPhone, iPad, and 3DS, and it never really stuck with me. Maybe the controls weren’t accurate enough, or the game felt unfairly hard, or whatever it was. It just never clicked. Then, the game was part of a previous Humble Bundle for Android, and it found its way on to my Nexus 7. One day, when trying to clear space off of it (why did I buy the 8 GB version?) I figured I might as well play it once before I cast it into purgatory. Sure, there’s a sunk cost fallacy working in my brain over “not wanting to waste the bandwidth” but hey, I’m sure the Humble folks would appreciate it too. So, I sit down and play it.

Lo and behold, I’m doing well and I’m actually enjoying it.

The 7“ screen size seems to be the perfect combination for the touch controls between getting easier range of motion like on a phone, but not blocking the screen like on a 10” tablet. The in-between size works very well for the game. Maybe that was it?

Well, it turns out that for some reason, I had the difficulty set to Easy. Likely came that way. And as I beat two of the three worlds that contain songs, I realized something: I was having fun. Since the challenge was staying out of the way of enjoyment, I actually thought that the game’s unique concept was enjoyable and accessible. If turning a game down to easy, making it more forgiving but also enabling less-skilled players to actually progress, then where’s the shame in that? I finally found some enjoyment out of Bit.Trip Beat by unintentionally toning it down, and it feels great.

So, to those that may not have played this yet – it’s been around the block, you probably own multiple platforms that can play the game – I say, its combination of Pong and rhythm gaming is interesting enough, check it out. Just play the game on easy first.