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iPhone Game Review: ClubWorld

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One of my most interesting trips to Vegas involved happening upon a last-minute special appearance by Tiësto, formally “DJ” Tiësto. While I’m not the world’s biggest fan of electronic dance music, to hear the three-time “World’s No. 1 DJ” spin was extremely worth the 4 a.m. walk back to the hotel.

Luckily for me, Tapulous’ latest creation ClubWorld gives me access to Tiësto and fellow DJ David Guetta around the clock and I don’t have to pay for entry fee or parking. It’s a win, win.

“I’m a huge fan of music games and all genres of music, so I was excited to work with Tapulous on ClubWorld,” said ground-breaking DJ and producer Tiësto. “I love that the game turns the fantasy of having your own club into a reality. There is amazing energy when you bring people together to listen to music and it’s that feeling that really drives me and all that I do.”

The launch of ClubWorld coincides with the availability of tracks from Tiësto’s new album, Club Life, Vol. 1 Las Vegas, which can be heard in his ClubWorld mix.

Tapulous has a long history of providing music and gaming fans an ingenious combination of the two with major hits such as Green Day Revenge. With ClubWorld, Tapulous has embarked on tapping into real-time social tycoon gaming. It’s also interesting to note that over the last several months they’ve been skirting around the freemium model and now with this app, they’ve jumped straight in.

But does ClubWorld make the cut?

When you launch the app you’re presented with an option to play with or without Facebook. I took the rout of no Facebook. From there, you can choose which DJ you’d like to start with. I went with Tiësto for obvious nostalgic reasons.

You’re then prompted to pick a bar to start with in your club as this will be your primary source of income along with doorman and DJ income.

The primary goal is to pack the place. With that said, there are several ways to do this. You can choose cool bar settings like the neon green bar I chose or blue floors and star-encrusted dance floors as well as pick the color of the walls.

All of these amenities add up to your coolness factor, which draws clubbers in and in turn goes towards your XP points, money and “sugar,” which allows you to pay for anything your heart desires. Unfortunately, it takes a while to gather sugar, but if you don’t want to wait, Tapulous has included an in-app purchase selection to gather as much as you want and in turn pimp your club as you see fit.

In proper Tapulous fashion, the music selection is phenomenal and you’ll find yourself grooving to Tiësto, David Guetta and other fist-pumping music throughout the entire game. Even more fun comes after every level when you complete tasks such as collecting the bartender’s shift money or tickets from the door man, you’ll be able to hit the “party” button and collect extra bonus cash and sugar. Then, after a few seconds, you can shake the phone to “make it rain” for pure electronica ecstasy.

In conclusion, ClubWorld absolutely makes the cut for those interested in a generous music library mixed with a fun-filled tycoon-type clubbing game that gives you all of the fun of Vegas right in the palm of your hands.

ClubWorld has no ESRB rating and iTunes rated the game 12+. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes App store for free.

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