• Publisher: Mastiff
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
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  1. An extraordinary addition to the rhythm game genre. It offers simple, pick-up-and-play mechanics that are easy to get into, and significantly more difficult to put down.
  2. With a huge songbank in the game and a setup that is more conducive towards building strong routines when in multiplayer instead of straight competition, hooked gamers will have an easy time spending countless hours with this game over the next few months.
  3. It’s a unique game with a charmingly warped take on the rhythm genre and it’s one of those crossover games that the normally videogame aversive spouse or girlfriend might enjoy, which is always a plus.
  4. A cheap but solid rhythm title. The rather hectic action isn’t for everyone, and the game will have time with the mainstream audience, but fans of the genre will not be disappointed.
  5. PSM Magazine
    Its tripped-out characters, seizure-inducing arenas, and innovative gameplay are worth checking out for beat junkies or those who want a new sensation. [Dec 2004, p.92]
  6. Technic Beat also provides some of the best two-player action around.
  7. A music game that’s really for puzzle gamers as music fans will have a hard time getting their groove on.
  8. Anyone who likes music games can get into the gameplay, but the music itself is not easy to absorb. As a player I want to get into the game. I want my friends to walk by and laugh when they see me bopping to the game's killer sounds. Technic Beat's eccentric soundtrack prevents that from happening.
  9. The sounds effects are great, and the bass comes out strong. But, like I said, the amount of input you have via these effects should have been emphasized more in the game.
  10. Game Informer
    Wildly amusing and quirky to the extreme, Technic Beat is a flawed but enormously fun music game that should readily appeal to those fond of cult favorites like "Amplitude" or "Rez." [Nov 2004, p.158]
  11. Though repetitive and somewhat shallow, Technic Beat is a fun little music game that can be challenging, especially as you get into later stages which make you play more songs per level.
  12. With some tweaks, this could become a heavyweight in the rhythm game jungle.
  13. A charming music game that's fun to play, has loads of features and songs, and sells at a budget price.
  14. It does offer you a new twist on the genre, but it’s not necessarily one everybody will like.
  15. games(TM)
    To anyone who knows their Kitty Ns from their Knittys, Technic Beat is a simplistic delight that constantly surprises with quality and entertainment far beyond what its budget price would suggest. [Sept 2005, p.116]
  16. 65
    Really, it's not a bad game it's just not a particularly great game either.
  17. 60
    To really enjoy Technic Beat, you'll have to enjoy both the music and puzzle aspects of the game, which seem to be at odds with each other. Music game enthusiasts may be turned off by the puzzle elements, and vice versa.
  18. Cheat Code Central
    The concept of Technic Beat is simple but the gameplay gets more and more convoluted and complex with each level. I was just over halfway through the game when I met my Waterloo.
  19. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    There are no previews of song titles, so it's hard to keep track of what you've done and what you haven't. [Feb 2005, p.87]
  20. There are a lot better music action titles out there.
  21. While there are plenty of game modes, not a one of them is a challenge.
  22. 40
    You're better served dusting off your copy of "Parappa" or "DDR" when you want to feel the rhythm move you.
  23. The spinning intensity of "FreQuency" and the glowing, surreal world of "Rez" are perfect examples of the synergy that can be achieved by blending traditional videogames with the energy and visceral response music can command. Arika's effort seems to want to carve itself a similar sort of alternative niche, but possesses only a fraction of the gameplay required for relevance. As a result, it fails vapidly.
  24. netjak
    Veterans of action games will likely despise the game's low difficulty level.

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