Review Note Fighter Unlimited
An excellent rhythm game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 21 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Fun gameplay, great difficulty options, educational, unique concept
Not a fan of the brown colors, the learning curve is tough in the beginning
Note Fighter for Android is more rhythm game than fighter. In fact, at the heart of it, it’s a game that is cleverly disguised to help you learn how to read sheet music. You play as a steampunk robot who is literally fighting the notes of public domain music by reading the notes and playing them on the game’s keyboard.
So the game’s screen is split up into two segments: the lower part is a one octave keyboard while the upper part shows your character and the sheet music as it scrolls by. Music scrolls from right to left, which I’m not really a huge fan of. I makes looking ahead kind of difficult. I would have rather had it scrolling from top to bottom, but given the format of the device, I can understand how that might present a difficult problem for the developers.
The music selection isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. They range from easy, medium, and hard, and each song is categorized by difficulty. Additionally, there is another difficulty option for songs once you’ve selected the one you want to play. All of the music is classical pieces pulled straight from public domain.
I’m a big fan of this game, but not the aesthetic. I like steampunk focused things but there isn’t really much differentiation in color. Everything is straight brown. Practicing sight reading hasn’t been this much fun, though, so I definitely tip my hat to the developers for making such an interesting practice tool.