DJMAX TECHNIKA TUNE
This and many more Ė many, many more - wondrously unfamiliar, yet
strangely familiar at the same time, choons are stuffed into a wee
Vita gamecard thingy in this shrunkenated, portable version of the
arcade rhythm smasheroonie DJMax Technika.
Weíre talking music of most every style ever given a genretistic
moniker, and some more besides. From Spice Girlgasmic K-pop to
Beastie Boys wannabes, itís all here for the stabbing. Wha-wha-what?!
Well, itís a rhythm game. As such, you poke and paw at both the
screen and rear pad as various blobs pop up under a white line,
taking a circuitous route from left-to-right at top to right-to-left
at bottom in time with something in the song. Yes, if you think you
simply have to nail a 4/4 beat then youíre in for another think.
Sometimes youíll stab, sometimes youíll hold and wiggle your finger,
do a double stab and more, aiming to achieve as perfect as possible
combo score, and impeccable-as timing. Think of a melange of
Elite Beat Agents and DanceDance
Revolution Ė without snappy suits or the plopping down a
There are three basic difficulties, as well as (initially) three
levels of complexity. Curiously we were averaging B and C rankings
on easy until jamming into hard pursuing a soft trophy, and nailed
the chosen song perfectly, nabbing a hard trophy (whores, us?!). We
donít get the logic, but if you play this and feel decidedly
soulless, try bumping up the hard.
Each song has its own video, ranging from typical Saturday morning
skimpy-outfitted skyscraper-heeled slut-Barbie to innumerable
trippy, hyper-coloured animations that make The Beatlesí Yellow
Submarine look like The Flintstones... in black and
white. This can overwhelm what youíre trying to stab along to, but
you do tend to adapt.
Challenging yet rewarding, slick yet playful, psychotic yet logical,
DJMax Technika Tune is essential stabbing.