Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Aug 1, 2011
    We don't know what Space Invaders are doing in a rhythm game, but we like it.
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    Nearly perfect. The music is great. The visuals are great. The rhythm action itself feels tight and perfectly matches each tune. Best of all, this is an experience that would be very hard to replicate on a traditional platform – this is a game built from the ground-up for iPhone, and it shows.
  3. 91
    Its elegance surpasses some of its antecedents, like Osu! Tatke! Ouendan!
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    The bigger screen is nice, but the levels scales so well, you won't miss out by using a smaller one.
  5. games(TM)
    Sep 13, 2011
    It's both a sensory delight and a genuinely brilliant score attack game.. not a combo many games can claim to pull off to this high standard. [Issue#113, p.111]
  6. CD-Action
    Aug 31, 2011
    A rhythm game that would not work on any other platform but is simply great on a smartphone. Inventive graphics changing music into vectors and some awesome ideas make Groove Coaster a worthy purchase. [Sept 2011, p.76]
  7. Aug 15, 2011
    Groove Coaster is a textbook example of how to make an iOS game correctly. Simple one-finger controls and quick play sessions belie a game with a considerable amount of depth and replay value.
  8. Aug 9, 2011
    It arrives fully formed, with a challenge and aesthetic that's beautifully intertwined and finely crafted. Joyous.
  9. Aug 8, 2011
    It's definitely one of the "must plays" of the iOS, and at only $2.99 on the App Store, you should go grab it right now!
  10. Aug 2, 2011
    Gorgeous, challenging and thrillingly different, Groove Coaster is a treat for the eyes, the ears, and the soul.
  11. Aug 1, 2011
    The only real complaint to be had with Groove Coaster is that there isn't more of it.
  12. Jul 29, 2011
    Just as crazy-awesome a game as one would expect to get from the people who brought us Space Invaders-Infinity Gene.
  13. Sep 4, 2011
    Groove Coaster is another little masterpiece by Reisuke Ishida; a great rhythm game that fits perfectly on the Apple devices and that any lover of the genre should check out.
  14. Aug 18, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  15. Aug 15, 2011
    Groove Coaster still lacks enough of a challenge to be interesting, and it's only when you play each song on hard that the game's potential reveals itself. Even then, it's unlikely that hardcore rhythm action fiends will care much for its casual approach.
  16. 80
    One of the best marriages of gameplay, graphics and music ever seen on a portable and a triumphant return to the roots of rhythm action.
  17. Aug 2, 2011
    A wonderful fusion of stimulating graphics, music and touch based play, making it an essential download for iPhone and iPad users. Great job, Taito.
  18. Aug 2, 2011
    Groove Coaster isn't as ambitious a project as Space Invaders Infinity Gene, but it's certainly more fun while it lasts. Whether it's flying along at juddering right angles, or gently cruising around a relaxing curve, Groove Coaster is a consistently enjoyable audiovisual experience.
  19. Aug 1, 2011
    Groove Coaster is a good game with a fundamental flaw. It also has a few nit-picky problems, too, like it's spectacularly abrupt ending and horrible "How To," but the strength of its presentation, music, and RPG-lite systems make up for anything that could sour the experience.
  20. Aug 1, 2011
    While it's not the first time we've seen this blending of visual style and rhythm-based gameplay, Groove Coaster is none-the-less a unique experience that constantly rewards players for delving in again and again.
  21. Jul 28, 2011
    It doesn't quite offer the same originality in gameplay as Bit Trip beat, but it's attack on your senses will knock your socks off, and more than makes up for it. Beautiful!
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    This game is HOT! It's like sequel to Rez on the iPhone. Such a simple concept, but totally well done. One my current favs. Some of the musicThis game is HOT! It's like sequel to Rez on the iPhone. Such a simple concept, but totally well done. One my current favs. Some of the music could be better, but overall still awesome. Full Review »