Song Pop iOS review

Song Pop iOS reviewHot on the heels of Draw Something and Words With Friends, the smartphone world has a spanking new social gaming phenomenon.

Meet Song Pop, essentially an audio music quiz wherein you can wow friends with your knowledge of - among others - Modern Rap, Love Songs, One Hit Wonders and Metal. What’s not to like?

Song Pop is strictly a two-player affair, but don’t worry if you’re an antisocial Facebook-loathing hermit; you can play with randoms if necessary.

Much like Draw Something, each turn in Song Pop (why do I keep typing “Sony Pop”?) is comprised of three parts. Behold:

1. View the results of the Song Pop challenge you laid down previously.

Ultimately, you've guessed five bands or song names as quickly as possible, and your opponent has done likewise. The one with the highest score – you guessed it – wins. Bonus points are awarded for consecutive answers.

Song Pop iOS review

2. Accept the Song Pop challenge sent by your opponent.

He or she has already guessed five songs or band names in a category of their choosing, and you’re tasked with beating their head in. Er, metaphorically.

Interestingly, you can see the answers your opponent chose in real-time, though you don’t know if they were correct or not till you select something. I can’t decide if seeing the answers is a good or bad thing.

For example, in theory, if you get the first question right while your opponent fluffs it, you can simply copy their answers for the rest of the round, and you pretty much can’t lose. But where’s the fun in that?

3. Set a new Song Pop challenge.

Choose from three music categories, and guess as quickly as possible.

Winning a round bags you three Song Pop coins, while the loser gets one. With coins, you can unlock new categories and buy gold notes that allow you to a) shuffle the categories when it’s your turn, and b) eliminate a couple of answers.

Song Pop is given some much-needed replay value with the ability to level up within music categories. Continually perform well in 90s Alternative, for example, and you’ll eventually unlock more songs. Good times.

And that’s Song Pop. Despite the fairly crummy presentation, it’s really quite endearing. Heck, any smartphone game that boasts little clips of Sonic Youth gets my vote.


  • It’s fun
  • Loads of songs and categories
  • The leveling up thing


  • Doesn’t look particularly hot
  • The potential cheat I mentioned above
  • The shop is a bit laggy

Summary: Song Pop is a charming little music quiz game for smartphones. Oh, and it’s free.

Developer: FreshPlanet Inc

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Price: free @ App Store

Song Pop iOS review

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matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 5, 2012 at 21:46

if you’re an antisocial Facebook-loathing hermit
So Jan can still play, right ;)?

lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 5, 2012 at 23:10

That's *exactly* what I was thinking as I was typing ;-)


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