Tap Tap Revenge Tour

LQ: 8.1

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Brain grade: 7.9
Fun score: 8.3

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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In Tap Tap Revenge Tour, players tap along to the beat of popular pop and rock songs, with a new free track being released for the game daily. Players use the touch screen to tap and swipe in time with the music, and must follow visual cues that instruct them when and where to touch screen. These cues are represented by colored icons that move down toward the bottom of the screen — each representing a note in the song — which players must tap and swipe when they reach the bottom. Tap Tap Revenge Tour also features various levels of difficulty, which players can take on to further challenge their skills. The game features no inappropriate content and is easy to learn, but parents should monitor use, as many popular songs must be bought through the app in order to be played, and some songs can contain inappropriate content. Due to the simple controls and ease of play, the game is recommended to players 8 and up.


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This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks. Ignoring external distractions.

Tap Tap Revenge helps kids practice their Focus skills asking them with following along with a beat throughout the entire duration of a song. Tapping at the right moment and learning a rhythm takes keen concentration. Players must observe note patterns and spacing to discern when to time taps, listening along with the song for the musical cues. If players fail to remain alert and attentive, they could mistime their taps, which can drop the overall score, and -- even done repeatedly -- ends the game. Each level requires a certain percentage of perfect taps players need to achieve, so remaining focused on the beat is key to advancing.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in mind while working.

Players likely won't hit every note on their first attempt, but as they retry the song,  they'll begin to learn the timing and patterns for each specific part, using their Working Memory skills to anticipate changes in the music and the correct taps and gestures needed to hit each note. Songs in the game are usually broken up into slower paced easier parts, and a few more difficult segments made up of more challenging patterns. Knowing when each segments occurs is crucial to avoiding costly mistakes. Learning the ins and outs of each song, and then recalling this information while playing allows players to avoid costly mistakes and maximize their score. Players who exercise poor Working memory skill will struggle to keep up, and may even "fail" a song and be forced to start again.

Use this PlayTogether guide to learn how you can help your child turn Tap Tap Revenge 3 play time into a positive learning and relationship-building experience. To learn more about why playing games with your children is so important, check out our Science of Play page.

Talk Before You Play

Take a minute to talk with your child about how the Focus and Working Memory thinking skill works, and why it is important for success in school and at home.

Set Gameplay Goals

Tap Tap Revenge Tour has both a single player and multiplayer version for parents to enjoy with their children by comparing scores and trying to achieve the best score possible. Single player versions of the same still save scores for later comparison and ranking with other players all over the world or at home with other members of the family. Try playing Tap Tap Revenge together with your child and accomplishing the gameplay goals listed below.

Gameplay Goals:

  • Beat a song on Normal mode with a score of 90% or higher.
  • Try the same song on Hard mode and achieve a score of 80% or higher.
  • Beat three consecutive songs on Tap Tap Revenge on any mode without going lower than 95%.

Stop and Reflect

After you've completed the goals, take a moment to discuss the importance of the thinking skills at play with your child.

  • Identify a song you and your child each found to be difficult. What gave you the most trouble? How does identifying the hard parts help you know what to focus your attention on?
  • Connect this to real life by explain ways similar skills can help you focus your efforts academically. Why is it important to dedicate attention to tougher subjects, and concentrate on maintaining goals for grades.
  • Talk with your child on how listening to the music makes it easier to identify when to tap the screen. Try playing a level with the volume off. How does the association between the music and gameplay illustrate how important your Working Memory skills are while playing?
  • What are some ways we can use associations to exercise Working Memory in real life? Explain what a mnemonic device is, and how it can be used to recall and retain information pertaining to a particular subject.

Our Make it Real activites are designed to transform your child’s gameplay to real-world improvements in thinking and academic skills. If you’re just getting started with LearningWorks for Kids, we suggest you try them all to find which are the best for you and your child.

Introduce the Thinking Skills

Read over the pages for Focus and Self-Awareness. Then take some time to introduce this thinking skill to your child.

Explain that:

  • Focus is the thinking skill that helps your child start a task and then maintain his attention and effort until it’s done.
  • Working Memory is the thinking skill that helps us to recall and retain information in our minds while we are working, follow multi-step directions, and solve problems in our heads.

Focus Activity

Be environmentally conscious. It is extremely important to be aware and to urge your child to be aware of settings that help to best sustain attention. Each person is unique and situations vary depending upon time of day, energy level and the nature of the task at hand. But generally, many children with attention problems do well with modest levels of “white noise” or soft background music, or another person nearby but engaged in a separate task. Many find it helpful to eliminate as many distractions as possible (computer screen, television, conversations, toys) and to have the materials they need right in front of them with perhaps a manipulative such as a squeeze ball or a trinket. Once you and your child have considered and thought about what works, strongly encourage her to create these setting on her own both at home and school.

Working Memory Activity

Strategies used to help with reading comprehension can also help with working memory concerns. Help children to preview the steps needed to complete basic tasks such as getting ready for bed. Encourage them to predict what will happen if they miss a step. Then help them connect what they need to do with their previous knowledge of accomplishing these tasks. Ask them to paraphrase and summarize directions you have just given. Each of these techniques reflect some of the strategies that are often used with diverse learners to teach them how to use their previous memories and establish thinking skills to guide and direct their behaviors. If you are thinking about these strategies in regard to improving memory, you might also want to talk to your child’s classroom or resource teacher for more ideas about ways to try them.

Tap Tap Revenge Tour & ADHD

Children with ADHD struggle maintaining a keen focus, harnessing impulsivity, and closely following directions. The result is often an inability to complete assignments from start to finish, due to the allure of outside stimuli. Tap Tap Revenge Tour is a great game for children with ADHD. Children must demonstrate constant focus, avoiding the compulsion to avert their gaze from the task. By failing to follow the on-screen prompts, or literally, "marching to the beat of a different drum," children will play the songs at a very low percentage rate.

How to Use Tap Tap Revenege Tour for Children with ADHD:

  • Tap Tap Revenge Tour's intricate rhythmic patterns requires deep focus. Children with ADHD will find this game to be a good practice for maintaining attentiveness. Because they are multi-tasking, (listening and tapping to the song) children will not be impeded by outside stimuli, as they will be completely engaged by the music. Too many missed taps will result in failure. However, when playing on medium, children can really only fail by neglecting to pay attention. The hard and extreme levels, will require even more focus and dexterity.
  • Children will be challenged to engage their working memory when songs become more difficult. The song with a higher level of difficulty will take more than one try to complete. It is wise for children to commit the melody and rhythm of the song to their memory. That way, the next time that number is played, they will feel more confident in their ability to anticipate the next tap or swipe.
  • Tap Tap Revenge Tour requires more than the ability to simply tap buttons to a beat. Children must be able to follow instructions, reading and reacting to on-screen cues quickly. Cues range from taping, swiping, to shaking commands, requiring children not only to concentrate on the rhythm, but also on the action the must perform.  This engaging app, challenges children to maintain focus, while testing their ability to follow directions in a fast-paced environment.

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