Gangnam Style Story iPad Review
Gangnam Style is so popular people have released video games based on PSY's smash hit single; take that, Carly Rae Jepsen. The latest, Gangnam Style Story, is a basic endless runner that offers some thrills, despite excessive advertising and an obvious lack of the song on which it is based.
That aside, the goal here is to guide a stylishly dressed man through a series of different obstacles in the hopes of training for the Olympics. Tap the left side of the screen to jump, the right to slide and press left and then right to fit through tight spaces. The longer you survive, the more coins you earn. Meanwhile, power-ups to slow down time and revive are available if need be, though the former is fairly useless.
That's basically the game. The developers at Psycho Bear Studios promise turn-based (think asynchronous) multiplayer with Facebook friends, but we don't have anyone even remotely interested, and quite frankly, spamming them to play this title is something we'd care to avoid.
To be fair, though, the single-player portion is somewhat entertaining. Granted, Gangnam Style Story does nothing we haven't seen before; if anything, it feels roughly two years too late. At the same time, we couldn't resist giving the game multiple tries just to beat the previous score. The catchy music, while no Gangnam Style, definitely fits the mood.
Whether or not it's worth downloading heavily depends on how much you're into the whole Gangnam craze. At its best, this game provides a brief distraction, but considering the wealth of endless runners on the App Store, you can do better.
What's Hot: Addictive endless running, responsive controls, catchy music, free.
What's Not: No Gangnam Style song, basic gameplay, too many ads.