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Double Fine is a maker of quality games like Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and now Dropchord. The latter title has just been released, and it's going to get your head bobbin' and your fingers dancin'. Really, the finger dancin' is mandatory. You have to keep up with the music as you guide a beam of light through a technicolor gauntlet.

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Dropchord comes with ten full-length electronic music tracks that dictate the pace of the music and the kind of obstacles you'll encounter. The beam of light is guided around the circular interface based on the position of your fingers. It was originally designed for the LeapMotion controller, but it makes just as much sense on a touchscreen. The graphics are simple, but psychedelic. Lots of lighting effects and flashes of color to bombard the eyes.

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This game was briefly available yesterday, but was pulled due to a bug with encryption. It's back now, but not all devices will be able to get it right away. The developers are going to expand availability throughout the day after making sure everything is going well. This is Double Fine's first Android game, so let's cut them a little slack.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • wolfkabal

    I watched the trailer a few days ago without reading anything else and simply sat there dumbfounded - "I don't get it" but now realizing the controls and objective, It makes a lot more sense. I may give it a shot.

  • Ben Enos

    I just don't get it.... I would definitely try it out if there was at least a demo available. But $2 for a brand new game with little or no explanation and only two reviews (both negative) from a developer with no prior Android games? Think I'll skip this one. If they really wanted people to give them a shot they might wanna consider offering a free demo version, at least one level to try or something.

    • someone755

      Find an 'illegal' version, to see if you like the app, then either delete it or buy it after, say 6 hours.

      • Ben Enos

        It would make more sense for them to offer some kind if demo. I don'thave an issue paying for o good game but they have no track record to stand behind and there's no real instructions either. It looks cool but it would be nicer to try it first. Especially with so many free games out there, or games from proven developers.

        • someone755

          That's what I'm saying. If you can't try, either go away from it, or find a working copy online, try it, just to see if it suits you, and then buy it. Or not. Yes, a demo would be nice, especially since they're new to Play, but you don't get one.

          • Ben Enos

            Well since they pulled the version they had released yesterday, and today's version only has 50 downloads or so, I'm sure there isn't a "free" version to download online yet, probably won't be one for at least a week or so. Just makes more sense for them to let ppl try it out rather than push people to installing a bootleg version of thier app.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Made a quick search on the usual sites and the game is already there.
            (I won't DL it though since my Phone is 100% legal)

    • RyanWhitwam

      Well, the reviews were both because of the crashing yesterday (one of them was Artem).

      • Ben Enos

        True... But that's not exactly something that makes me want to spend money either. It just makes no sense that they dont offer some kind of demo.... Almost every paid app out there except a few well known titles all offer a free version, even if it's only one level to try out first.

        • John Smith

          I agree. A demo is needed with games that feature unique gameplay

      • Matthew Fry

        Artem changed his review to 5 stars but didn't update his review.

    • Fabian

      You always have the 15 minutes refund period in the play store. I think I'll give it a try.

      • Matthew Fry

        15 minutes is way too short and stressful.

      • Ben Enos

        Half the time it takes fifteen minutes to install and get thru the set up for a game. If you're lucky you get to play for two or three minutes before u need to rush back to get your refund. Keep us posted if you do decide to try it out, thanks.

        • Himmat Singh

          Dude, the 15 mins starts AFTER the game has finished installing. Except for some rare cases where it needs to further unpack the game (usually Square Enix and Ubisoft do this).

          • Ben Enos

            I am also well aware how the refund policy works. And I've also been stuck with games I didn't like because by the time I set up controls, or a username, or went thru the tutorial on a game I was left with a couple of minutes to tryit out and see if it was any good, not exactly enough time for most games. All i know is if i was releasing my VERY FIRST game on the Android market and tottop it off it was a totally new style of game, I would make sure to let people try it out, I'm sure it would get them more sales too. Lots of people like trying out a game first before buying it, especially a new title/style game.

          • John Smith

            http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/quick-look-ex-dropchord/2300-7328/ here you go. a video of the developers showing it to games journalists.

          • Zahir_SMASH

            You can get an impression of what this game is in less than 5 minutes.

    • Himmat Singh

      Er, you do know who Double Fine are right? One look at their resume of games and you'll be looking at your angry tirade foolishly.

      • Ben Enos

        Just because they're experienced developers doesn't mean anything when this is thier first Android title. Look, they released it yesterday and already had to pull the app to fix it after only a handful of downloads yesterday. I never had an angry tirade either, all I pointed out is that if they're going to ask ppl to buy a totally new style of game they might want to at least let people try it out first. If you watch theyou tube trailer it dosent show much more than the screen shots do... No explanation of game play, no mention of scoring or controls, nothing.

        • mgamerz

          It's $2 dude. It's half the cost of your lunch.

          • Ben Enos

            actually its $2.99. And there's a lot of good gamesout there for $3, no need to waste money on junk. I don't know why so many people are giving me grief over pointing out that there really should be some kind of demo or at least a better explanation. If you like throwing yourmmoney away then good for you, but I would rather save up for a good game.

          • mgamerz

            How do you save up $3 for a good game? How does anyone save up $3?

          • Ben Enos

            Learn to read before commenting anymore. Where exactly did I say "save up $3"? I said I would rather save for a good game than waste $3 on a crappy one that I couldn't even try out first. If you're gonna troll then at least do a better job.

          • mgamerz

            You're acting like $3 is a huge deal.

          • Ben Enos

            Not at all but I'm not going to waste money on junk either. If that's what u wanna do then I can recommend lots of games for you to go install. My point is pretty basic, they should either have a demo available or at least have a better description of the app. And I'm sure 99% of people who use the play store would agree, probably why the game still only has <50 downloads after being up all day and even having this written about it.

          • mgamerz

            Then wait for reviews to come out...

          • mgamerz

            And on ouya there is a free demo. The controls are... Strange. I didn't really like it that much. There wasn't much instruction. It looks like it could get hard but it doesn't hold my interest long. Super hexagon is better IMO.

          • John Smith

            Now you're calling it junk with no knowledge. gj bro

          • Ben Enos

            Lol! Exactly why they should include a demo version. So people can see if it's junk or if it's great. Especially considering they have a ouya demo.. Why no Android version? If I had a product I was excited about, I would want people to try it so they would want to buy the full version.

  • Andrew Aiello

    I like it, it is playable with just your thumbs but seems like it will always be better with two fingers while your device is mounted on something. You're always holding two points and the line connecting those points is used to hit targets, obstacles start getting in the way and you have to start doing some finger gymnastics and in the end it's a unique experience, that reminds me of rez at times .There's also some tap challenges where you have to hit point in succession with one or two fingers. Worth 3 bucks? Yeah it'll be great on the train with head phones.

    • Ben Enos

      Cool! Thank you very much for the review. Definitely a much better explanation of game play than what's given by the dev team. ;) I might just go try it out now. What device are you on by the way? I thought I saw something about it not working well on everything.

      • Andrew Aiello

        LG Optimus g

  • Ben Baranovsky

    This game is awesome, but I won't be playing it on Android since the Leap Motion version is so awesome. :p

  • Funem

    Video about of the Game and Leap motion, to see about the game jump to about 4min 30 seconds http://youtu.be/Cm_dF5zTZ4U it kinda explains what's what.

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