Rhythm gaming reboot: Tap Tap Revenge Tour

When Tap Tap Revenge developer Tapulous was acquired by Disney Mobile, many gamers thought that would be the end of the popular iPhone rhythm game. The franchise remained quiet for more than 18 months, but now it’s takin’ the show on the road, with Tap Tap Revenge Tour. It’s a bit different than what we’ve seen before, with the developers adopting a simple motto while working on the game: WWRD?

That is, of course, what would Rovio do? Bart Decrem, former Tapulous head, now Disney Mobile SVP and GM, explains the Angry Birds developer was a source of inspiration.

If Rovio was going to make this game, what would they do?

Decrem explains that Tour is more streamlined than its predecessors, after devs had the courage to remove 80% of the features included in its predecessor.

We wanted to recommit ourselves to the title, and focus on simplicity – we got rid of a lot crap and clutter.

While we’re not sure fans of the earlier games would consider battle modes, online gaming rooms and the in-game avatars to be either crap or clutter, they’ve all been cleaned out. Instead, Tap Tap Revenge Tour heads back to its roots: A simple career mode, plus the rhythm-based gameplay that made the games popular in the first place.

…and, just like before, there’s a whole bunch of catchy tunes to get you tappin’ away: Disney is planning to release a free playable song a day for the first 100 days, plus a store full of premium song packs, plus a rotating selection of 300+ free tracks.

The tracks themselves come primarily from Disney‘s Radio Disney library (first free download: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me, Maybe), but Decrem reassures fans that indie and more adult-oriented tunes will also be included.

Tap Tap Revenge Tour

Call Me, Maybe

One new feature has been added: Tour Walls, which can be decorated using stickers and content unlocked by playing the game. Once your wall is decorated to your delight, take pictures and share them on Facebook so your friends can see!

Disney Interactive suffered a terrible start to 2012, with a $115 million loss reported in the first quarter. Second quarter results were better, but still $70 million in debt. Decrem and Disney‘s mobile and social arms are considered largely responsible for this improvement, with best-sellers like Temple Run Brave, Where’s My Perry and the perennial Where’s My Water taking out the three top Paid App spots in the App Store.

Tap Tap Revenge Tour is out right now via the App Store – and despite earlier misconceptions, it’s completely free! It’s also a universal title, so if you like a bigger screen, you can load it up on your iPad. For more from Bart Decrem about where Disney Mobile is headed, check out our video interview from E3!

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