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App review: 'Tippy Tap'

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Tippy Tap on iOS

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Tippy Tap has been a top-10 Free Game on the UK App Store for more than three weeks, and it’s easy to see why gamers across the pond are so into it.

The premise is simple: Tap the black tiles as they scroll down the screen. If you tap a white tile or miss a black tile, you lose. The only variable is that the tiles scroll faster as you progress — but that’s about it. However, that’s all it needs to be.

Tippy Tap boasts brilliant simplicity and has great replay value. It’s an excellent time-waster on the subway, on your lunch break or really anywhere you don’t feel like doing something constructive.

Tippy Tap’s success in the UK is running parallel to a few games near the top of the U.S. App Store. Piano Tiles, formerly named “Don’t Tap the White Tile,” is currently No. 2 on the Free Games chart. Meanwhile, Don’t Tap the White Tile 2 isn’t far behind at No. 5.

The speed progression and repetitive mechanic in these games draw from the best qualities of endless runners and arcade side scrollers. Users have the opportunity to start off slow, get the hang of the game and then practice, practice, practice.

Overall, Tippy Tap mixes solid gameplay, animation and good-enough art to hold a user’s attention for a few minutes at a time, and that's as much as anyone can ask of a game this simple.

— Disagree with this review? Email Grant and let him know why he’s wrong. He invites you to email him with compliments, too. Also, feel free to see if you can beat his high score of 157 on Tippy Tap’s “Survival” mode.

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