Frederic - Evil Strikes Back

Dueling musicians duke it out in a psychedelic concerto

(8/10)

Review

Date: 14.04.2018 Author: Jay

Frederic - Evil Strikes Back for iOS is an oddly unusual game centered around music history and dueling musicians. The play is sorta frantic, with high impact visuals that look like an acid trip set to music. This one is fun, but does get a tad monotonous over time.

Frederic - Evil Strikes Back presents in landscape mode to deliver a lot of originality and intrigue. The play is centered around dueling musicians from history, going head to head in musical combat. There's a keyboard on the lower portion of the screen, and above it, are our 2 battling musicians. As they each play their own instruments, music notes appear in the distance, and come toward you, flying over their respective keys on your keyboard. Just tap the appropriate keys to play along with the dueling musicians. Accuracy counts, and sour notes certainly detract from the play and your enjoyment of the music too. Everything starts out easy enough, but the screen is soon overrun by music notes and it's impossible to keep up with it all. So, what's meant to be a symphonic game played with headphones, soon turns into an audiophonic mess.

The controls employ screen taps to play what's supposed to be beautiful music, and they functioned well. The graphics are high impact, with lots of vibrancy and saturation that's certainly entertaining. The animation is clean for the most part, rendering satisfying triggers and visuals. I also loved the story book vignettes between each battle round. The sounds are a bit of a mixed bag, depending on your own skill, accuracy and patience.

Frederic - Evil Strikes Back has a lot going for it, however, the play can be a tad tedious and repetitive. Still, this is a very inventive game that's certainly worth checking out.

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