Music Monday: SongPop Review

Title: SongPop
Format: iOS
Developer: Fresh Planet

Think you know music? Put it to the test in the song trivia game SongPop. Players go head to head identifying the titles or artists from song clips. The more you play, the more songs you unlock—everything from standard genres of rock, pop, and rap to more specialized lists such as Ultimate 90s, industrial, and TV themes.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been playing this game for over two months and I’m completely addicted. A round only takes a couple minutes, perfect for sneaking in between activities, while waiting for something, or during TV commercials.
With most challenge games I’ve played, my friends or I get bored with them. SongPop, however, gives plenty to keep you playing. First, mastery of playlists takes quite a long time. Each time you earn a star, more songs are unlocked. Second, even if you lose, you earn a coin—winners get three. With those coins, you are able to purchase new genre playlists. Third, you can start matches with random players. So if your friends ditch out, you can still play.

I love that the playlist options aren’t only super mainstream options. I listen to a wide variety of music. When it’s only radio songs, I get bored. SongPop has lists for specific decades going all the way back to the 1950s, electronic and dance music, new wave, industrial, and tons more. Every so often there are free promotion playlists. For example, there was a free Pitch Perfect playlist when the film was released to theaters.

While I love the game, there have been a few annoyances. Sometimes the load times are long, and occasionally it will almost freeze on a load screen. Usually, I turn the screen off and come back a few minutes later. That works 90% of those situations. In the early days of my SongPop exploits, the music would infrequently not play while the challenge was in progress. Clearly, that makes it impossible. However, that hasn’t happened in ages—I assume one of the updates. Lastly, it will sometimes take two or three presses for the game to realize I’m hitting the button. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it can be the difference between winning and losing.

Despite the flaws, I am so addicted. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s free on the App Store. Do it. See if you get addicted too.

Find SongPop online:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | App Store | Google Play

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