Duet Game review: A must-have if you're up for the challenge

In endless mode, you get three lives to go as far as you can, and maneuvering through obstacles without hitting anything slowly regenerates your health. I like this setup because it means you can mess up a couple of times as long as you play well for stretches to keep adding points to your overall score.

Perfect ambiance
This game is not terribly advanced graphically compared with other games in the App Store. With only dots and lines floating on your screen, it's obviously the gameplay that takes center stage. But with an impressive electronic musical score and changing geometric backgrounds, the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts.

The soundtrack was hand-crafted by Melbourne composer and Gotye instrumentalist, Tim Shiel. Nine different compositions accompany the gameplay with bass-pounding beats for some levels and slower atmospheric backdrops for others. What results is an overall experience that immerses you in the gameplay like few other games I've come across.

Is it too hard?
This game is certainly not for everyone; casual gamers and those who are easily frustrated should probably steer clear of Duet Game entirely. If you took part in the recent Flappy Bird phenomenon, you'll understand that some games are ridiculously hard on purpose, and you should only buy these games knowing that frustration is inevitably going to be a part of the game.

With that said, there are some instances in endless mode where your success relies more on the luck of the draw rather than your skill level. This is because the groupings of blocks come randomly, so you might be hit with an extremely difficult run of blocks in one game, where the next game feels much easier. In this way the game can be a annoying when going for high scores, but like I said, frustration is part of the gameplay, so consider yourself warned in advance.

Final thoughts
Duet Game uses fairly simple graphics, an easy control system, and perfectly ambient background music to create a time waster that's both frustrating and immensely satisfying.

If you're a casual gamer or easily frustrated, Duet Game is probably not for you. But if you like the growing category of games that require a perfect run to succeed, Duet Game is one of the best available, using simple parts that add up to an elegant and challenging overall gaming experience.

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    Duet (iOS)

    Part Number: id634235735

    $0.99

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    • Category Games
    • Compatibility iOS