DJMax comes to mobile devices

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


DJMax Technika, the popular music game you can find in various arcades, has finally come to both iOS and Android devices.

Seemingly promising fans of the game that they can finally bring their game along and not have to head to the arcades to play, the game is plagued by a few issues that keep it from being as enjoyable as the arcade version.

My first gripe with the game is that it requires an internet connection to play. There is no problem with requiring an internet connection per se, but I was hoping that bringing the game to a mobile device you'd be able to play it wherever you go. Unless you have a mobile wi-fi hotspot or are willing to spend lots for mobile data, this is a major inconvenience for people who were hoping to play this game on the go.

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The second problem is the game's tendency to crash, even on an iPad Air. This may be patched in a future update, as of now, however, the game often crashes during startup or after a song. Also, according to reviews of the game on its download page on the App Store, it is a problem that many other people are experiencing.

Lastly, some people may be fooled with the game as a free download. Yes, the basic game is free to download, but you start with only four tracks to play. Without a credit card or electronic funds, your song list will be incredibly crippled. Although the rest of the game's large library can be unlocked by using in-game currency, it is very hard to come by. Unless you are willing to shell out money to buy other songs, you'd best steer away from the game.

One issue others may find is their screen size. If you're playing on a smaller screen, you may find it a bit difficult to play the game as the cramped space may lead to your hands covering the notes you need to touch.

Redeeming it, however, is the very responsive touch controls and the ability to choose variations of the tracks; there are three "difficulties" for each song which can be combined with either two-lane or three-lane versions, effectively letting you play a song in six different ways.

Tracks may also be purchased individually, so you don't end up having to buy tracks you don't want to play, but music packs generally give you more bang for your buck.

DJMax Technika Q is free on iOS and Android.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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