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Review: Tap the Coin – Delicious Retro Addiction

by Wessel Minnie (Sillicur)  Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:49:00 AM


From the South African developers, Thoopid, who introduced the world to Snailboy, comes Tap the Coin, a small, simplistic game with deliciously retro graphics and extremely addictive gameplay. Although it took only 1 hour and 15 minutes to create and roughly two weeks to fine tune. Tap the Coin holds its own with games such as Flappy Bird, as it was so addictive that I have played over 5 times longer than the developers took to make it.

Graphics and Sound – Deliciously Retro

A game does not need flashy lightning effects, shadows and award winning music. Tap the Coin has simplistic graphics and sound effects, yet it manages to deliver something special, a deliciously retro feeling that instantly takes me back to my childhood when I spend countless hours on my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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The graphics are minimal, yet the white clouds in the background and the coin, made up of only a handful of pixels on a bright blue background. Every time you managed to tap the coin, a handful of coins of the same color fly out, adding some animation and additional movement to the graphics. Both the small coins and the moving clouds tend to distract me from my singular goal of actually tapping the coin before it falls off the screen and into oblivion, which for me increased the difficulty, as keeping focus was tough.

The sound fits in with the graphics perfectly as if it was taken directly from an old NES game cartridge. A cling sound occurs when you successfully tap on the coin, while if you miss, a beep sound signals the end of your current journey. The music is just as retro, one song that describes the urgency of the situation as you tap away at that coin, which after playing for four hours, I heard every single time I closed my eyes.

Gameplay – Simplistic, yet Extremely Addictive

At every game’s core, even games such as Dark Souls II there is one simple goal, push yourself ever forward until reaching your goal. Tap the Coin is very simplistic, raw and pure. The game can be summed up in one line; Tap a coin. The more points you get, the more coins you unlock. Miss a coin, and it is game over. That is it, although the premise is simplistic, it is extremely addictive.

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A coin bounces into the screen and to stop it from dropping; you are required to swiftly tap on it before it drops into oblivion. With Tap the Coin, you will need to tap right on the lowest pixel of the coin, as the hitbox of the coin is very small. This might have been a design choice or an overlooked error, though I would prefer the developers keep it that way, as it adds a ton of difficulty to the game.

You start on a bronze coin and after 10 successful taps move onto the silver one; this is where the coin starts moving about, randomly flying out of one side of the screen and back from the other side. Every successful tap also increases the speed at which the coin moves adding even more difficulty. While 50 consecutive taps, which unlocks the last coin, might seem easy to accomplish, I assure you it is far from the case.

Having 35 successful taps meant I was in 10th place overall on the game’s leaderboard, which I quickly shared with my friends on Facebook through an easy to use share function which the game provides, adding a social element and bragging rights to keep players tapping away!

Closing Thoughts

The game is in a nutshell, addictive and infuriatingly difficult. Once I started up the game I could simply not put down my mobile gaming device. I would urge everyone who does not have loved ones or pets that depend on you to download this game right now. For everyone else, be warned, this game is more addictive than coffee flavored ice-cream!

Tap the Coin has been recently released for Android and iOS devices. The game is free to download and can be found on the Playstore here and iTunes here. It requires a small download of around 12mb as well as Android OS version 2.2 and up, so it works on a wide variety of devices. During my time with the game I used my Nexa Orion 10.1, a powerful yet affordable Quad Core 10 Inch Tablet to tap a coin for hours on end in this addictive little game. Join me, and get your tap on!

Score: 8/10

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