I realised a few nights ago that I have been playing this game for over a year now, so I thought it was probably time I reviewed it. I first became aware of the game through Facebook, but there is also an app for both Apple devices and Android available, so you don't need to be a Facebook user to play this game as you can just sign up via email.
Before I start my review properly, there are a few things I should explain first and this will hopefully make my review easier to read.
For each round that you play you get three coins if you win and one coin if you don't win. Coins can be used to purchase playlists and powerups. Powerups are mainly used to remove two incorrect answers when playing, although you can also use them to shuffle playlists and to find best matches.
There are different ways of selecting your opponent. If you have linked your Facebook account to the app, you can challenge your friends. If you know a person's Songpop ID, you can find them that way or you can play with random 'Best Matches' which are people who have mastered similar playlists to a similar stage to you. For example, when I first started, it showed me matches who were also only starting out.
The idea of this game is simple. It is a two player game and in each round of the game you have to guess what the song or artist is from the clip that is played. You have to choose from four different answers and you just click on which one you think is correct. You have a choice of 4 answers, and a powerup can remove two of them, so you have a 50% chance of guessing correctly.
Each player takes their turn answering the five questions from a playlist of their choice. Some of the playlists are free, others you have to pay for with coins. Some of the free playlists include Today's Hits, Modern Rap, Classic Rock and 80's collection. Some are available at a cost of 249 coins, and these include the US versions of the above genres. There are also more specialised playlists available. Some of these include wrestling themes (one of my least favourite categories), National Anthems (ditto), Anime and more specialised genres such as Electronic music and Country. Most of these cost 399 coins.
Each tournament runs from Sunday to Sunday 12am (or 1am during British Summer Time). At the end of each tournament, for each person that you won against, you get a powerup to use the following week.
I do dip in and out of this game. Sometimes I get bored with it, but when I have a few minutes to kill, I keep coming back to it. I find that sometimes I will hear something I like the sound of and then go and download it, or I am reminded of something that I used to love, but had forgotten. The 90's Eurodance is a particular favourite for the nostalgia factor, it reminds me of being at school and listening to MTV Europe after school, and the music that was played on there.
My only real criticism is that I feel the game has become too commercialised. When I was really into the game last year, I paid something around £3 for the VIP version for my iPhone. This was because the VIP system let you play with around 40 opponents, the free version was only 20 games at any one time. Shortly afterwards, they changed the VIP package, where you can play up to 80 games at any one time, buy you had to pay $4.99 a month or a yearly subscription of $39.99 per month. I also found that my VIP status was tied to my phone, meaning that when I upgraded, I went back to only 20 games at a time and I had to wade through a lot of ads when playing the game. The ads can be slightly annoying at times as well, particularly the video ads for other games that you can't skip. There are also the recurring ones trying to persuade you to sign up as a VIP. When you first master 4 stars, you get a one time only free three days VIP pass, and when you achieve five stars, you get a week's free VIP pass, which gives you a taste of what it means to be a VIP.
If (like me) you are competitive, there is enough in this game to hold your attention. There is the element of trying to beat your opponent and also trying to achieve five stars. I do wish though that there was a reward for completing the five stars, such as a free playlist or a free day's VIP Pass. After you have been playing a while, this is all you have to aim towards, and it can get boring. I would recommend this game, but I know it can be slightly annoying at times, and it does seem as though a lot of people have abandoned this game. If you are a big fan of music and quizzes, it's worth a download, but I wouldn't pay for it.
Check out http://www.songpop.fm/ for further information or to find out on what platforms this is available to download.
What is songpop
Songpop is a game that you download in your app store and is also available in the market place of an android phone. It is another game that can be played through your phone with you Facebook friends of just with a random player.
=What the game is about==
Well I am sure you have all heard of name that tune.Well this is just like that. you start off by creating a game, whether its with a random player or with a Facebook friend. When the game starts you have three different music types to chose from, these can vary between any era of song, from love songs, rap, the 90's the 80's there really is loads to chose from.
So you pick the best choice for you, that you will do best in. Then you are given 5 clips of songs altogether. It will either ask you who sings it or what the song is called and you have 4 different songs to chose from. The faster you pick the correct song the more points you get, also you get bonus points for getting more that one right in a row.
When you have done all five songs it will work out your points, and will ask you to send the challenge to your opponent. Once you have done that you have to wait for your opponent to take their turn.
When they have taken their turn, you will get a green play button, once you press that it will tell you what you both scored in the previous round and who won it. Then you have to click next and you have to play from the genre they chose. and it goes the same again. Each time you win a game you win 3 coins, and when you come second you get just one coin. The game just keeps going like that, with the scores getting tallied up as you play.
What can you do with coins
The coins can be used to buy other genres of music, each new genre costs 249 coins so it can take a while to build up your coins to be able to unlock them, but if you like me and play a lot you can build it up in a day or two.
I actually really like this game, you need no real skill to play it just fast finger and the knowledge of music that you need, or guess work. I would recommend this to anyone to play, I find it fun and challenging and it is free.
SongPop is the latest app that will drive you absolutely crazy. It is available on iPhone and Android devices and allows you to play with you Facebook friends (by linking your account) or by playing with random players from all over the world.
The basis of the game is to guess the name of an artist or song title and in the fastest time between you and your opponent. If you win against your opponent then you will be awarded with 3 gold coints (losing players get 1). These gold coins can be used to buy 'genres' of music.
Once your decide who you want to play with, you are given the choice of three genre's to choose from (for example, Ultimate 90's, Classic Rock, Today's Hits). Once you have selected what genre you want to play with the game will start with a five minute countdown. Now 5 song clips will appear and you will have to guess either the artists singing the track or the name of the track itself. The quicker you react then the more chance you have of beating your friend and also it allows you to gain access to the next level faster. There are five levels in total and are represented by golden stars.
Each game consists of a weekly tournament, so depending on how many of your friends you beat, you will be then be rewarded with 'Song Notes'. These can be used to whittle down the answers from 4 to 2 choices if you are stuck and also to gain a new pre-selected set of genre's to pick from.
I can't really fault the game at all, expect maybe some of the songs they use can be a bit repepitive. They also have a good selection of Genre's from Ultimate 90's pop, through to TV Theme Tunes and K-Pop.
It's a free app so give it a try and you may just be addicted like the rest of us!
Around 6 months ago my husband bought me an iPad as a gift and since then I've spent most evenings lying in bed playing games against my friends and unlocking achievements in the 'Game Centre' too. One game that I have been playing regularly for several months now is 'Song Pop'.
This application for the iPhone and iPad was free to download for me from the App Store on my iPad and the download took about 15 seconds in all after I had entered my iTunes login information.
The aim of this app is to identify the title and artist of a song. Basically you will hear an extract from a song and there will be four options on the screen. You then need to select the correct answer as quick as possible while playing against a friend or a random person throughout the World.
When you first start playing this game you will need to set up your account, taking just a moment or two, then you can choose to play against friends on Facebook. You can also add Facebook friends who aren't already playing this game and they can play against you from their laptop or PC using the Facebook app. You can also choose to play against someone random, sometimes you will be matched with players who have already played their side of the match and sometimes you will be matched with players who are yet to play against you and will see your results the first time they play a game.
When it comes to actually playing the game you will be offered three random genres to choose one from and then you will hear five songs based on this genre. Some of the genres including Rap, Rock, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s etc and as you play games and unlock coins you can purchase further genres including UK TV Show themes and other categories too. By being able to select your own genre you may find that you can find a genre that your gaming partner is not so good at guessing and therefore you may be able to give yourself an advantage.
The part of the song that you hear is usually random and you may hear the same song on more than one occasion but different parts of it. You may even hear the same artist twice in one round of 5 songs.
If your opponent has already picked the genre and played that particular round of songs then you will see what their selection was if you don't make your selection quicker than them. This can actually mean that if you're on a streak of 3 or 4 songs that you can then guess the same answer as them and hopefully be correct. The more songs that you have guessed correctly in one round of five songs the higher the points are that you earn. This can mean that if you guess songs 1,2,4 and 5 quickly but your opponent guesses 1,2,3,4 while taking more time that they can actually beat you because of the snowball effect that the points have the more correct answers you earn in a row.
If your opponent has already picked the genre and you're just playing the genre that they selected then you get to select the next genre straight after and play through those five songs before the new request is sent to your opponent. There is a weekly score that is kept count of and at the end of the week you will receive one help token for each friend or random opponent that you beat. You can then use these help tokens to remove 1/2 of the song answers to help you improve your chances of correctly selecting the right answer if you do not know a particular song.
You will earn coins while you play the game, 1 for losing and 3 for winning. These coins can not only be used to purchase genres, as mentioned above, but you can also buy more help tokens allowing you to remove 1/2 the songs and increase your chances of winning.
At the end of each round you will see whether you or your opponent guessed quickest and the scores will tally up and tell you who the winner is. Then your weekly score will be updated as relevant and this can all be seen on the home page of the app.
This game has almost limitless longevity for me. I love how different parts of the same song can be played throughout the time I am playing and I love hearing different artists and new songs are added all the time. I love coming across a song that I haven't heard for years too and I've recently rekindled my love of lots of artists or bands that I had long since forgotten about so that is a huge plus point for me. I am a very competitive person and I love playing games against my friends. Lots of my friends play Songpop, more than any other game I have on my iPad and so there is always a load of requests waiting for me when I get in bed at night or if I am playing while relaxing in the bath or something.
When I first started playing the game there wasn't many genre options available to me but then I started to earn stars on those genres (up to a maximum of 5) and then soon I was beginning to unlock genres, mainly going for the obscure ones at first, and I've found that my friends have a varied mix of favourite genres between them and this has also increased the longevity of this game for me. I love waiting for requests to be sent back to me and generally when I choose a random opponent to play against I find that they come back to me quickly and if I'm having a lazy rainy day at home (like I am today) it is a great way to keep me entertained without wasting money on online shopping or gaming websites.
The only downside that I can think some people might find is that there are different language genres as well as English. This has meant that in the past I've been playing against someone and they have chosen a Spanish genre. However I'm seemingly quite lucky with my guesses and I do find that these is often one or two English songs thrown in for good measure so not only am I learning about new songs but I still have a chance of winning. Victory feels even sweeter when it is a genre in a language that I do not understand!
I love picking genres that my friends don't know so well and I find that the Modern Rap and 2000s categories seem to get me lots of wins as people either don't know the song or feel they can remember it and guess too fast - I love that!
There are lots of bright colours in this game and this keeps it feeling quite fresh for me. I'm not too worried about the graphics on this game as it runs well for me and I don't have any problems with freezing, failing to load correctly or buffering. I can listen to a song and if I guess it under one second the score seems to be accurate and the timer does seem to work very well for me. The game runs fast and fluidly throughout and this is definitely worth a 5 out of 5 for me.
In all I absolutely love this game. After several months of playing I have lots of different genres unlocked and I regularly win games against other people. I find that playing on the iPad gives me a slight advantage sometimes over iPhone users just because my screen is much larger and therefore the buttons to press to make my guess are much larger too, however, I do have one iPhone friend who regularly beats me in a BIG way! I love the different genres and really there should be something on here for most people. This game is easy to interact with and everything about it is quite self explanatory really. I find this very easy to use and I could easily spend 30 minutes once or twice a day replying to requests and reminiscing about songs that I haven't heard for a number of years in many cases. I am kept busy trying to beat my friends and I definitely love the competitive edge of this game. In all I am going to give this app 5/5 stars. I feel it is fantastic, especially considering it is free, and while the occasional advert coming up can be a little bit annoying you can buy an ad free version for less than a pound (most days anyway), however I'm too cheap to do this and am happy enough to close the odd advert in order to have a free game.
Since owning my Iphone for quite a while now, I've finally worked out how to download apps with the help of my granddaughter (much to her amusement). I found songpop when I was looking for music quizzes as I've always enjoyed listening to music so thought it would be fun to test my knowledge. I downloaded the app from the app store for free about three months ago and hadn't heard of it before then.
Simply put, the aim of the game is to guess songs. You can challenge other people by finding their username, finding friends on facebook or choosing random and playing another player who you dont' know. You can also recieve these challenges too.
There are various music genres to choose from inclusing Modern rap, Todays hits, classic rock and love songs. You only get a few to start with but can unlock more afterwards. You choose a genre then have to answer five questions as quick as you can. The questions vary, sometimes they're looking for song title and other times its the singer.
Once you send the challenge they play then send one back and the game keeps the score. If you win you recieve three coins, if you lose you recieve one. You can collect the coins and spend them on more song genres like Summer 2012, One hit wonders, Female singers and Movie soundtracks. The new genres cost over 140 coins each so you have to save for a while and it gives you an incentive to keep playing the game.
The quicker you answer the more points you score which is good if you both get them all correct as you still have a chance of winning. The song genres are really good and are quite accurate, my favourite is the 80's collection which is more my day. My grandaughter challenges me at Modern rap and Summer 2012 every time because she knows I won't beat her!
It is a fun game and is very easy to get to grips with. You can also play it on facebook now so if you don't have an iphone it works there too. It does freeze a little bit on my computer but I don't know if it's the app or my internet being a little bit too slow. The game is pretty basic with bright colours and simple black text so it's nice and easy to read.
I love that you can play the game with family or friends as it's more fun than just challenging a stranger. I do wish you could send a message with some challenges, especially when I get them all right so I could taunt my grandaughter! I think it is good that you can't though as it'd be a bit unsafe for younger users getting messages from strangers.
For a free game, it's definitely worth downloading as it is really addictive and quite good fun. It can get a bit frustrating when you keep losing but it makes you more determined to get better at it. Have a go!
Playing games on the iPad I find myself seeing new games all the time and one of these is a game I have seen rave reviews about for a while now so decided to go and make a move and download the game.
~~ The Game ~~
Well the game from the title might give away some indication as to what this application is all about. This app requires you to use your music knowledge and try and work out various tunes you hear in a quick time.
You begin by setting up the account which is just a name and you then get to choose whether you want to play a friend from your Facebook lists who have the application or you can face someone random who is online and playing the game as well.
Once you have selected an opponent you then can pick one of three music genres and these can include anything from Rap, Rock or even 90's music. You pick the category your most confident with and perhaps an area someone else might fail in.
You begin with seeing 5 options at the bottom of the screen and this displays name of tunes you can pick from. However, you need to be quick when choosing a song because you will hear a piece of music and this could be a chorus of a song or just the beginning and you need to try and pick the correct song in a fast time.
The song can be anything based on the genre so if you hear a song from 1960 in the Love Songs genre then you need to work out who it is. The more correct answers you accumulate without getting any wrong you end up with a higher score overall.
Once you have done your five songs you then send the challenge to the player you have opted to face and wait for the score to come back. When you receive notification they have had their turn you see the overall results. If your score wins you get 3 coins and if you lose you get 1 coin.
Usually when you have offered a challenge and they accept the other player tends to offer a challenge in return and this time they can choose which genre you play and you then have to try and beat there score.
If you get a song wrong the game reveals who the song was performed by and this is good in case you need this for future reference. The coins you use to try and purchase new genres and you also get options to buy new the songs you hear at the end of the challenge from the iTunes library as well.
~~ Songs ~~
The songs are played in various stages so you might have a song such as Thriller by Michael Jackson and this might be on the challenge but played at the start, middle or even the ending so you have to try and work out the title of the song quickly.
This is what I enjoy the most about the game because the songs are played at various stages through them so you never know which part might ring a bell in your mind to get you predicting the correct answer.
I find sometimes the start of a song so difficult to work out yet the middle of the song and the chorus I find extremely easy so this is what I do enjoy the most.
Unfortunately there is a few issues regarding songs and that is that you might play Love Songs 10 times and see the same sort of songs appearing all the time so you do not learn anything new and for me that is the one downside to the song list.
Just imagine the same song appearing each time you would know the answer which is helpful but is can get really silly as well. With the songs when you continue to get songs right your rating on that genre increases and you end up with new songs which is helpful.
However, you can use the coins you accumulate to unlock new genres and use these areas to face various opponents so it means you can get more coins when you use this method.
The songs played are from a wide range of people and my worst category is the rap genre because I struggle to understand the lyrics and the names of the artists are even worst for me as I have no idea who on earth they are.
However since playing this game I have learnt new song titles, new artists and actually begun to enjoy the genre more so the game can increase knowledge.
~~ Opponents and Genres ~~
You can select players to play against from either your Facebook lists or even just random opponents. The random people you pick you have no idea what there general knowledge on each genre is like.
It is a lucky dip when you choose this method because you might pick an area you believe they are weak in and when there profile loads you find out they are an expert at that area so there is good competition there which is really good for me.
The fact you do not know what your opponent rating is on that particular genre for me makes the game more fun to play because otherwise it would be boring and you do not want to make it to easy otherwise the point of this game would be pointless.
The genres they have are very poor I find at the start of the game when you first start playing and I continue to see around the same 6 or 7 popping up and it can be repetitive and boring so the sooner you use the coins to generate new genres the better.
The genres as mentioned above vary from all sorts of areas from Rock to 90's hit single to even the current music charts so you have to be vigilant and pick sensible options when you spend coins. I think the genres and the opponents you select a very good part of this game and makes everything very enjoyable.
~~ Graphics and Game Play ~~
Well the graphics is not really anything major to discuss in this area because you see mainly texts and back ground colours there is nothing really there to jump up about.
The game looks very good and you can tell it is a game that has had plenty of attention to detail because the colours on display are not going to conflict and look out of place and everything is bright and visible so the graphics are very good for what they offer.
The game play is very quick, you can have plenty of challenges taking place all at once and the speed to which you can play a game is very good. I have never had a fault thus far with speed and problems with the application.
I would say for a game like this you might expect perhaps to see the game close down at times and maybe a song choice in the challenge mode slow down and not work correctly. I have never had any of these problems and all songs play instantly and in great audio as well.
~~ Final Thoughts ~~
This game is one of those which will appeal to many people because it offers so much. The game has got plenty of songs to listen to and the fact you can challenge random strangers very good.
The other day I had challenges from one gentlemen and the score was 7-7 in terms of challenges and I found that fun it was a big rivalry we had and it was just trying to outdo each other which was fun and this is what this game is all about, fun.
I have said that at times hearing repetitive songs in the same genre is a bit bad because it means the game can seem pointless because you're not actually gaining anything from them so you do need to try and spend the coins wisely and also gain a new rating on a particular genre to unleash new songs.
For a free application this is one of the best and if you use Facebook you can boast to friends who you have beaten and it can create more rivalries with friends as well. This is very worthwhile game which I would give an 8 out of 10 rating.
Songpop is yet another free app that I have found while browsing the App store. I do listen to quite a few genres of music , so do quite like the guess the song kind of games, mainly because I tend to be able to win them quite a lot.
It is free to download from the App store, and I don't think it has an age rating. As long as you are interested in music or actually know quite a bit about song names, then this is probably a great game to play.
The main aim of the game itself is to guess 5 songs the fastest before another player. This player may be either a Facebook friend or a random player the game will find for you (personal details don't need to be worried about as they can't see any information about you except your first name). The game will give you 3 types of genres to pick from when you first start out e.g. classic rock, rap or today's hits, you pick one and then will be given clips of songs. At any point during the song clip, you must pick the correct song title or who sings it, trying to guess the fastest than the other to gain points.
The 'currency' of the game is gold coins that you collect whether you win or lose, 3 if you win a challenge and 1 if you lose. These coins can be used to buy new genre playlists, which can get quite addicting trying to collect them all. But I guess this is just a plus point to the game, as it does keep you motivated to play it as it takes a while for them all to add up.
There has also been the addition of achievements, which are all quite difficult to obtain as they do require quite a bit of playing, but this is a plus as it kept me wanting to play. Every week there is also the weekly tournament, so it means there is more motivation to try and beat the opponents.
The graphics on the game are not too bad, granted they are just texts and the backgrounds however it looks very crisp and professional. The loading times aren't bad for the game and I've never had any glitches with it. At the end of every song, there is the option to buy the songs from the clips you've heard off iTunes which I would have liked to do, but for some reason it always fails on my iPad and says I'm not in the right country for it. This might just be because its an American game, but who knows.
Overall, this is a pretty decent game to play if you are a fan of music, as it has kept me entertained for a long time and does manage to keep you motivated to play. The best part about this I have to say is that it is free and has managed to actually help me find more bands and music through just small clips.