My brother walked up to me and handed me his DS, saying “try this!” With stylus in hand I selected a place to start and starting keeping up to the beat of Canned Heat and I was instantly hooked on Elite Beat Agents.
Ex-CIA man, Commander Kahn, is out searching the globe for those in need of help and sends in his Elite Beat agents to save the day. The object of the game is to keep the beat by tapping your stylus in little circles and “save the day.
Each song features a short story in manga/comic form, the outcome of which can be affected by how well you keep the beat. There are 19 songs, some oldies, some new (and aside from Sk8r Boi, enjoyable). Song list:
1. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
2. ABC – Jackson Five
3. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
4. I Was Born to Love You – Queen
5. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
6. Highway Star – Deep Purple
7. Y.M.C.A. – Village People
8. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
9. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
10. Material Girl – Madonna
11. La La – Ashlee Simpson
12. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
13. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
14. Without a Fight – Hoobastank
15. Believe – Cher
16. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
17. Jumpin Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
18. Makes No Difference – Sum 41
19. The Anthem – Good Charlotte
It may be a bit of an oldie (released 2006), but still a goodie, Elite Beat Agents is surpisingly entertaining and fun. It’s silly, but it should pass the time on a train commute or airport wait or whatever and for me, definitely some visual crack. *grin* I’ve seen prices from $9-$29 around the net, used and new.
For those who’ve already worn out their Elite Beat Agents copy and are looking for more, there are two Japanese releases available via Amazon.com and Ebay. There’s Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 which is basically Elite Beat 1 &2. WARNING: Japanese skills are probably required. Prices I’ve seen range from $30-50 for the import.
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