Piano Tiles review: A simple game that's tough to put down

The game comes with five different game modes including Classic, which challenges you to tap 50 black tiles in the shortest time possible. Arcade mode has you touching an endless onslaught of tiles that increase in speed the higher you get. Zen mode tests how many you can touch in 30 seconds. Rush challenges you to see how many you can tap per second. Finally, Relay has you tapping a minimum of fifty tiles in under ten seconds only to reset the clock so you can get another fifty.

All of the game modes have their own unique charm, but it's the solid gameplay concept that makes them so much fun.

The sound is not for everyone

With the volume on, as you touch tiles, piano keys play somewhat randomly in time with your taps. While they mostly follow the same scale, I heard a few sour notes peppered in that made me cringe -- and often lose the game as a result. It probably won't be a problem for everyone, but if you notice the sound is distracting, I recommend turning it off in the settings for a distraction-free experience.

The best games are the ones I don't expect

As a software and games reviewer, I expect certain games to do well in the App Store. When a new version of Angry Birds or Cut the Rope is released, I can be pretty confident both will reach the top 10. Similarly, with the games that have big production values like the Modern Combat games or Blizzard's Hearthstone, you know people are going to download them.

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