When iDaft 2 was first recommended to me, I assumed it’d be ‘daft’ in a not-so-funny way. You know, something juvenile along the lines of iFart. Little did I realise that iDaft 2 is, in fact, a soundboard app featuring music from everyone’s favourite French electronic duo Daft Punk. Sweet!
The iTunes blurb explains that iDaft 2 allows you to “be the newest member of Daft Punk”. It takes the hit single “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (which was previously available as a standalone app) and adds “Technologic” to the mix. Chances are you’ve heard both songs at some point, but you don’t have to be a huge Daft Punk fan to enjoy the app.
With each of the soundboards, you’ll find the vocals broken down into bite-sized samples, and you’re free to mix it up as you please. As a semi-fan of Daft Punk, it was interesting enough playing around with the vocals, but the real genius of iDaft 2 comes into play when you hit “BEAT”. Doing so launches the music from the single, and you can lay the vocals over the top by tapping along.
The app recalls rhythm action games like PSOne classic Parappa the Rapper, and the more recent Guitar Hero. However, unlike those titles, there’s no incentive to play along with any degree of accuracy. As such, there’s no challenge in iDaft 2, it’s simply a bit of Daft Punk-related fun.
The soundboards originally appeared on dothedaft.com, and function just as well with the iPhone’s touchscreen. According to the website, there are eight new soundboards in production. Fingers crossed we get them on the App Store…
- It’s free!
- Now two tracks to play with
- Awesome if you love Daft Punk
- Could definitely do with those eight extra tracks
- Not so great if you can't stand Daft Punk
Summary: iDaft2 is one of those apps that’s largely subjective. Daft Punk fans will inevitably think it’s the best thing ever, while non-fans mightn’t fully appreciate the appeal. On the plus side, it’s absolutely free, so it’s worth a play around in any case.
Developer: Samuel Vermette
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Cost: Free @ App Store