Catch song notes and tilt the drums with SongArc for Windows Phone

SongArc is an indie game which we've covered numerous times in the past. The game itself is a product of AppCampus, the joint project by Nokia, Microsoft and Aalto University. So what exactly is SongArc? It's a music game that taps into the songs you love listening to for some addictive gameplay.

Enjoy the likes of Guitar Hero and other music jam / rhythm titles? You'll love SongArc for Windows Phone.

As with other games already available in the same genre, you're tasked with loading a song and then hitting notes as they fly across the screen to get the highest score. SongArc has been in beta for some time and we've noted before how it's absolutely gorgeous and will definitely take up a lot of your time - so beware if you're prone to spending more than the odd few minutes wrapped up in games.


When first launching the game, you'll be greeted by a simple menu system with three options: tutorial, play and settings. The tutorial only takes a few minutes, but sets you up for the wonders ahead with numerous song sheets available. You can use your own music if there are sheets available for the songs you wish to use. But fear not if there happens to be no content listed as you can make your own sheets.

Once you've selected which song you wish to use, you'll be fired into the main screen where all the magic happens. The basic idea is to tap the arc when the notes (represented by coloured shapes) cross the barrier. By holding down for extended notes or tapping for short staccato ones, you have a rainbow of colours to access for visual cues and to score maximum points.

You can even quickly tilt the device for bass/drum effects, which adds yet another method for interaction. Don't mistake the game for being easy, though. Depending on which track you're jamming to, SongArc can be unforgiving. Check out our quick look at what's awaiting you in SongArc:

Do we recommend you check SongArc out? Most definitely. It's free (for the next month), works with both old and new Windows Phone hardware and is the best rhythm-based game available for the platform.

You can download SongArc from the Windows Phone Store (or use the QR code above). Both Windows Phone 7 (excluding 256MB hardware) and 8 supported. It's also worth following the team on Twitter and friending them on Facebook.

Are you playing SongArc? Let us know your thoughts!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.