Elite Beat Agents

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In a jam? Well, all these guys DO is jam! Prepare to rock as these beat masters use their groovy moves to save the day.
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ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Game Genre Entertainment
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Elite Beat Agents
5 Star Review  GameZone - Dec 12, 2006

Elite Beat Agent is taking rhythm games to the next step by incorporating the Nintendo DS touch screen. Played entirely on the touch screen, EBA has players tapping, scratching, and circling to the sounds of upbeat classics and recent hits. In Elite Beat Agents, a team of trained professionals are called to solve the problems in this world. Led my Commander Kahn, the team seeks out citizens in need and dances their way to safety. Using your stylus and rhythm, it’s your job to help these average people to extraordinary things. The gameplay in EBA is broken up by song, and each song is paired with a scenario that the Beat Agents must aid.

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Elite Beat Agents
4.5 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 8, 2006

The beat don't stop, and we wouldn't want it to.

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Elite Beat Agents
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 1, 2006

Ever since Parappa the Rapper popularized the rhythm genre on the original PlayStation close to a decade ago, development teams have adopted their own styles and controls to create games that focused on the player's ability to, essentially, tap to the beat. Ten years later the genre the beat goes on, with games such as Donky Konga on the GameCube, Rhythm Tengoku on the Game Boy Advance, and Guitar Hero on the PlayStation 2 taking the spotlight. On the DS front, Nintendo last year introduced the Japanese world to Osu! Tatake! Oendan!, a touch-screen controlled rhythm game with a flair for the outrageous. Awesome as that game was, it was locked down as an import-only release for US gamers because, honestly, its design and soundtrack focused too much on Japanese appeal so much that a straightforward Western conversion just wouldn't have as much mass-market appeal as this fantastic game truly deserved.

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Elite Beat Agents
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Elite Beat Agents receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.52 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #466 game of all time and #10 Nintendo DS game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 43 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Best Nintendo DS Rhythm Game
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Sep 7, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Elite Beat Agents (DS) as the Best Nintendo DS Rhythm Game . Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Elite Beat Agents
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 18 expert reviews for Elite Beat Agents and the average expert rating is 87 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Elite Beat Agents (DS)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Jun 27, 2007   

Strengths: Easy and addictive gameplay, amusing humor

Weakness: None apparent

Elite Beat Agents puts you into the situation of helping out the Elite Beat Agents, a secret government organization charged with saving the world. However, you have to work through the musical selections and play with the rhythm of the game to work through the different missions for the EBA's. It's a simple game that is very addictive and offers quite a bit of replay. A must-have for rhythm fans.

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DDR for your fingers
5 Star Review   By member CS_Mike - Jun 26, 2007   

Strengths: Interesting mix of music; addictive gameplay

Weakness: Corny storylines (but that could be a plus as well)

Just think of this as Dance Dance Revolution with the stylus. If you like stomping your feet to music, then you'll probably like doing something similar on the DS. The music selection has decent variety (with a few possible questionable choices), but no matter the song, the gameplay is easy to get into. Tapping along with the beat can be quite fun and manages to avoid getting repetitive. This is due to the goofy storyline as well as the good variety of "moves" that you're required to perform. Overall, I'd recommend picking this game up. There's nothing else quite like it.

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Some of the most fun I've had on the DS
5 Star Review   By member flybyday - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: Fun, easy to learn, great songs

Weakness: Could use a couple more songs

This is a really fun game. If you like DDR, but lack the foot coordination, this game is for you. It's also fun to show your friends the capabilities of the DS. I would recommend this to almost all DS owners.

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Let's Dance!
5 Star Review   By member The_Admiral - May 26, 2007   

Strengths: Multiple levels of difficulty. Challenging but also accessible. Fun!

EBA is great. You dance your way into saving the world with this wonderful rhythm game. There are multiple difficulty levels and plenty of bonuses to be unlocked. You can a save your missions for review later and then play against them in one of the many different type of multiplayer games. This game is a must buy for the DS!

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Elite Beat Agents - Join In!
5 Star Review   By member illuming - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: music, lots of challenge, easy to play, anyone can pick up

Elite Beat Agents is one of those games that everyone can play! Imagine playing Dane Dance Revolution, but with the Nintendo DS stylus. That's what you get with Elite Beat Agents. You tap along to the beat of the music following the prompts that you receive on screen. You'll soon find that the game is highly addictive and full of fun and energy. You'll also unlock the stories of the storybook within the game as well. This is one game that you should not pass up as Elite Beat Agents will have the whole family enjoying their nights!

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Elite Beat Agents
5 Star Review   By member bob330i - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: Frantic pace, playlist, presentation

Weakness: playlist (some may or may not like it), occasional out of sync/delay

As you might have read in another review of mine, I don’t have any rhythm. However, this title has been very fun and frustrating at the same time. Gameplay is sort of like the children’s game at the arcade, whack-a-mole, where you tap circles (on the lower screen) in beat with the song in a numbered sequence. There are a couple other things you need to do with the stylus at the same time, which tends to ramp up the difficulty as the pace/beat quickens. Along with the frantic pace/gameplay, the graphical presentation (in comic book/anime style) is colorful and, like the game, crazy. It’s fun to see the cut scenes where everyone seems to be yelling and excited about something. It will have that kind of affect on you. Definitely recommended as something different from everything else out there on the DS.

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Music Lives!
5 Star Review   By member Honrosie42 - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: Fun and very challenging gameplay without being cheap, Funny stories to go along with the games, nice little imporvements over Ouendan.

Weakness: Bad for you if you hate fun... or music games.

This game is just aces! This is a new game, made just for America, based on the popular import Ouendan. It's not a translation, mind you, its a whole new game! Yay! It boasts a few little tweaks from it's parent game, including the ablity to skip over the intro part of a song, and unlockables for high score thresholds. (That's good. It makes you want to play more!) This game is sort of like DDR for your stlyus. You tap numbers and slide your stlyus around to the beat and the visual cues. Hitting the beat well refills a decreacing bar and doing poorly brings it down faster. While you play a animation plays that is affected by your play skill. These stories are very funny! If you find someone with another copy, you can play multiplayer and that has a few more stories. The game is hard, but the more you play it the better you get bit by bit. Soon you will be beating levels that you never even dreamed you could do. Awesome, awesome game!

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Domestic Ouendan
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Apr 2, 2007   

Strengths: Addicting rhythm gameplay

Weakness: Song choice works, but still sucks

For those who have not imported Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (do it!), Elite Beat Agents is the next best thing (until Ouendan 2 is out, that is). Featuring the same fantastic tapping, spinning, and sliding to the beat that gained Ouendan cult classic status in the US, EBA changes the story, but messes with the gameplay very little, leaving you with ultimately the same game, but different. And just as good.

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Very fun and creative game
5 Star Review   By member ydna7 - Apr 1, 2007   

Strengths: -Unique game play -Great humor -Simple learning curve

Weakness: -Could get repetitive

Elite Beat Agents has a lot of humor and wackiness to it. It is one of those games that has new and creative ideas. It is very simple to learn and fun to play. Very highly recommended to anyone who likes music and wouldn't mind some whacky humor.

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Really unique title for the DS
5 Star Review   By member justin42 - Mar 28, 2007   

Strengths: Fun to play, makes great use of the touchscreen, good stories in the game, entirely different plot from Ouendan

Weakness: Some people may not like some of the music, sound quality a bit scratchy

Elite Beat Agents is the US revised version of the DS classic Osu Tatakae Ouendan, which is a game about male cheerleaders appearing to help out average people get through normal situations. Elite Beat Agents takes a very slightly different turn (replacing the cheerleaders with secret agents) but has the same basic idea. It took me a while (before I bought the game) to realise that this game is entirely new (situation-wise) from Ouendan; for some reason I thought originally that it was just Ouendan swapped out with new music and different models for the characters, but it has entirely new situations. Each level consists of a new song, with a new story, that you have to tap along (or slide, or spin) with the music in order to progress. It starts slowly but does get very difficult. The touch screen is very responsive and it's fairly easy to get good readings-- the trick is to keep your fingers in time! As in any music game, much of the enjoyment comes from hearing the songs, so if you don't like the licensed tracks, it may detract from the enjoyment of the game itself. I don't think the choices are horrible, but they may have tried too hard to appeal to a wide variety of people, and in turn created a soundtrack that everyone likes 1-2 songs on, hates 1-2 songs on, and feels indifferent about the rest. That said, the game is a LOT of fun, and a must-have for the DS. If you enjoy it, definitely track down the original Ouendan title. DS games are region free so you can play Japanese games, and it plays exactly the same as Elite Beat Agents. (the buttons are on the same areas of the screen so you don't have to be able to read Japanese to get through the menus) I personally like the music a bit more in Ouendan but feel both games are very strong on their own. One last tip-- be sure you have a screen protector for your DS! If you get into this game you'll be doing a lot on the touchscreen which might get a bit scratched up.

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In a jam? Well, all these guys DO is jam! Prepare to rock as these beat masters use their groovy moves to save the day.
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Game Genre Entertainment
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Elite Beat Agents
5 Star Review  GameZone - Dec 12, 2006

Elite Beat Agent is taking rhythm games to the next step by incorporating the Nintendo DS touch screen. Played entirely on the touch screen, EBA has players tapping, scratching, and circling to the sounds of upbeat classics and recent hits. In Elite Beat Agents, a team of trained professionals are called to solve the problems in this world. Led my Commander Kahn, the team seeks out citizens in need and dances their way to safety. Using your stylus and rhythm, it’s your job to help these average people to extraordinary things. The gameplay in EBA is broken up by song, and each song is paired with a scenario that the Beat Agents must aid.

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Elite Beat Agents
4.5 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 8, 2006

The beat don't stop, and we wouldn't want it to.

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Elite Beat Agents
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 1, 2006

Ever since Parappa the Rapper popularized the rhythm genre on the original PlayStation close to a decade ago, development teams have adopted their own styles and controls to create games that focused on the player's ability to, essentially, tap to the beat. Ten years later the genre the beat goes on, with games such as Donky Konga on the GameCube, Rhythm Tengoku on the Game Boy Advance, and Guitar Hero on the PlayStation 2 taking the spotlight. On the DS front, Nintendo last year introduced the Japanese world to Osu! Tatake! Oendan!, a touch-screen controlled rhythm game with a flair for the outrageous. Awesome as that game was, it was locked down as an import-only release for US gamers because, honestly, its design and soundtrack focused too much on Japanese appeal so much that a straightforward Western conversion just wouldn't have as much mass-market appeal as this fantastic game truly deserved.

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Elite Beat Agents
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Elite Beat Agents receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.52 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #466 game of all time and #10 Nintendo DS game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 43 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Best Nintendo DS Rhythm Game
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Sep 7, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Elite Beat Agents (DS) as the Best Nintendo DS Rhythm Game . Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Elite Beat Agents
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 18 expert reviews for Elite Beat Agents and the average expert rating is 87 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Jun 27, 2007   

Strengths: Easy and addictive gameplay, amusing humor

Weakness: None apparent

Elite Beat Agents puts you into the situation of helping out the Elite Beat Agents, a secret government organization charged with saving the world. However, you have to work through the musical selections and play with the rhythm of the game to work through the different missions for the EBA's. It's a simple game that is very addictive and offers quite a bit of replay. A must-have for rhythm fans.

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DDR for your fingers
5 Star Review   By member CS_Mike - Jun 26, 2007   

Strengths: Interesting mix of music; addictive gameplay

Weakness: Corny storylines (but that could be a plus as well)

Just think of this as Dance Dance Revolution with the stylus. If you like stomping your feet to music, then you'll probably like doing something similar on the DS. The music selection has decent variety (with a few possible questionable choices), but no matter the song, the gameplay is easy to get into. Tapping along with the beat can be quite fun and manages to avoid getting repetitive. This is due to the goofy storyline as well as the good variety of "moves" that you're required to perform. Overall, I'd recommend picking this game up. There's nothing else quite like it.

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Some of the most fun I've had on the DS
5 Star Review   By member flybyday - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: Fun, easy to learn, great songs

Weakness: Could use a couple more songs

This is a really fun game. If you like DDR, but lack the foot coordination, this game is for you. It's also fun to show your friends the capabilities of the DS. I would recommend this to almost all DS owners.

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Let's Dance!
5 Star Review   By member The_Admiral - May 26, 2007   

Strengths: Multiple levels of difficulty. Challenging but also accessible. Fun!

EBA is great. You dance your way into saving the world with this wonderful rhythm game. There are multiple difficulty levels and plenty of bonuses to be unlocked. You can a save your missions for review later and then play against them in one of the many different type of multiplayer games. This game is a must buy for the DS!

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Elite Beat Agents - Join In!
5 Star Review   By member illuming - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: music, lots of challenge, easy to play, anyone can pick up

Elite Beat Agents is one of those games that everyone can play! Imagine playing Dane Dance Revolution, but with the Nintendo DS stylus. That's what you get with Elite Beat Agents. You tap along to the beat of the music following the prompts that you receive on screen. You'll soon find that the game is highly addictive and full of fun and energy. You'll also unlock the stories of the storybook within the game as well. This is one game that you should not pass up as Elite Beat Agents will have the whole family enjoying their nights!

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Elite Beat Agents
5 Star Review   By member bob330i - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: Frantic pace, playlist, presentation

Weakness: playlist (some may or may not like it), occasional out of sync/delay

As you might have read in another review of mine, I don’t have any rhythm. However, this title has been very fun and frustrating at the same time. Gameplay is sort of like the children’s game at the arcade, whack-a-mole, where you tap circles (on the lower screen) in beat with the song in a numbered sequence. There are a couple other things you need to do with the stylus at the same time, which tends to ramp up the difficulty as the pace/beat quickens. Along with the frantic pace/gameplay, the graphical presentation (in comic book/anime style) is colorful and, like the game, crazy. It’s fun to see the cut scenes where everyone seems to be yelling and excited about something. It will have that kind of affect on you. Definitely recommended as something different from everything else out there on the DS.

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Music Lives!
5 Star Review   By member Honrosie42 - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: Fun and very challenging gameplay without being cheap, Funny stories to go along with the games, nice little imporvements over Ouendan.

Weakness: Bad for you if you hate fun... or music games.

This game is just aces! This is a new game, made just for America, based on the popular import Ouendan. It's not a translation, mind you, its a whole new game! Yay! It boasts a few little tweaks from it's parent game, including the ablity to skip over the intro part of a song, and unlockables for high score thresholds. (That's good. It makes you want to play more!) This game is sort of like DDR for your stlyus. You tap numbers and slide your stlyus around to the beat and the visual cues. Hitting the beat well refills a decreacing bar and doing poorly brings it down faster. While you play a animation plays that is affected by your play skill. These stories are very funny! If you find someone with another copy, you can play multiplayer and that has a few more stories. The game is hard, but the more you play it the better you get bit by bit. Soon you will be beating levels that you never even dreamed you could do. Awesome, awesome game!

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Domestic Ouendan
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Apr 2, 2007   

Strengths: Addicting rhythm gameplay

Weakness: Song choice works, but still sucks

For those who have not imported Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (do it!), Elite Beat Agents is the next best thing (until Ouendan 2 is out, that is). Featuring the same fantastic tapping, spinning, and sliding to the beat that gained Ouendan cult classic status in the US, EBA changes the story, but messes with the gameplay very little, leaving you with ultimately the same game, but different. And just as good.

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Very fun and creative game
5 Star Review   By member ydna7 - Apr 1, 2007   

Strengths: -Unique game play -Great humor -Simple learning curve

Weakness: -Could get repetitive

Elite Beat Agents has a lot of humor and wackiness to it. It is one of those games that has new and creative ideas. It is very simple to learn and fun to play. Very highly recommended to anyone who likes music and wouldn't mind some whacky humor.

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Really unique title for the DS
5 Star Review   By member justin42 - Mar 28, 2007   

Strengths: Fun to play, makes great use of the touchscreen, good stories in the game, entirely different plot from Ouendan

Weakness: Some people may not like some of the music, sound quality a bit scratchy

Elite Beat Agents is the US revised version of the DS classic Osu Tatakae Ouendan, which is a game about male cheerleaders appearing to help out average people get through normal situations. Elite Beat Agents takes a very slightly different turn (replacing the cheerleaders with secret agents) but has the same basic idea. It took me a while (before I bought the game) to realise that this game is entirely new (situation-wise) from Ouendan; for some reason I thought originally that it was just Ouendan swapped out with new music and different models for the characters, but it has entirely new situations. Each level consists of a new song, with a new story, that you have to tap along (or slide, or spin) with the music in order to progress. It starts slowly but does get very difficult. The touch screen is very responsive and it's fairly easy to get good readings-- the trick is to keep your fingers in time! As in any music game, much of the enjoyment comes from hearing the songs, so if you don't like the licensed tracks, it may detract from the enjoyment of the game itself. I don't think the choices are horrible, but they may have tried too hard to appeal to a wide variety of people, and in turn created a soundtrack that everyone likes 1-2 songs on, hates 1-2 songs on, and feels indifferent about the rest. That said, the game is a LOT of fun, and a must-have for the DS. If you enjoy it, definitely track down the original Ouendan title. DS games are region free so you can play Japanese games, and it plays exactly the same as Elite Beat Agents. (the buttons are on the same areas of the screen so you don't have to be able to read Japanese to get through the menus) I personally like the music a bit more in Ouendan but feel both games are very strong on their own. One last tip-- be sure you have a screen protector for your DS! If you get into this game you'll be doing a lot on the touchscreen which might get a bit scratched up.

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You owe it to yourself to at least try the demo.
5 Star Review   By member bjkrautk - Mar 27, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive rhythm-based action. Difficulty ramps up appropriately. Animations are hilarious.

Weakness: Cher, Sk8rboi, and several of the music selections could have been better.

Right now, pick up your DS and run to your nearest big-box retailer, and track down the EBA demo from a download station. [Sidenote: Why doesn't Nintendo allow you to download demo content from your Wii yet?] The gameplay mechanics are simple enough: tap circles on the touch screen in time with the rhythm of the music. It's a bit like DDR for the touchpad, if you want a comparison. Underneath the circles, and on the top screen, you'll witness 'story' progression that is as entertaining as it is eccentric. Seriously, you'll find yourself wanting to replay a successful level just to get a sense of what was going on while you were focused on tapping the circles. I cannot recommend this game enough. The music selections are a bit odd (how else can you explain covers of Cher, Sum 41, David Bowie, Earth Wind and Fire, Good Charlotte, Jamiroquai, the Rolling Stones, Destiny's Child, and Avril Lavigne all in one game?), but that just gives them something to work on for EBA 2!

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FUN Music Game!
5 Star Review   By member tungluh - Mar 23, 2007   

Strengths: Nice music and a different way of playing a music game

Weakness: Hard to beat them all

This is a very differnt music game. Players need to touch the circles at the right time with right order based on the music. It looks pretty easy at the begining, but it turns out really difficult to beat all the songs. This is a MUST-TRY game!

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Very fun!
4 Star Review   By member tpino84 - Mar 17, 2007   

Strengths: The concept of the game works so well and it's so simple!

Weakness: The soundtrack. Some songs are great, but they really did put Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne in this game.. lol

Minus Ashlee & Avril, this game is pretty awesome. It's apart of the Touch Generations series, which means that anyone can just pick it up and play it. They give you a training mode TOO, so yeah you should have no problem trying to figure it out.

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Elite Beat Agents
4 Star Review   By member nate88 - Mar 17, 2007   

Strengths: Fun, easy to learn, lots to do

Weakness: Songs aren't the best, gets hard, not for casual gamers

Elite Beat Agents is a music game unlike the other ones. You use the touchscreen to tap, slide and spin to the beat of the song. I would not suggest that a newcomer to games play this because it does get very challenging, even for regular gamers. The songs are ok, but i would have picked different ones. Elite Beat Agents is a great game addition to the Touch! Generations library.

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Elite Tapping Rhythm Action!
5 Star Review   By member jajajon - Mar 10, 2007   

Strengths: Unique gameplay, fairly humorous and outrageous storylines, very addictive.

Weakness: Personally I think a few of the songs don't really belong.

I've heard from many people after getting a DS that the game to try is elite beat agents. I'm was kinda hesitant to try it but, now I'm hooked. Many of the songs in the game were written by some well know artists (i.e. Madonna, Good Charlotte, Chicago, David Bowie, etc) Of course, the real artists themselves aren't singing it but it still sounds great. The concept of gameplay is very simple, yet once you get into the harder difficulties, it becomes quite challenging. At the harder difficulties I find myself failing songs a lot but even if I get frustrated I still can't put the game down. Storylines of the game are very humorous and gets a good chuckle out of me during the cutscenes. Not to mention the dancing agents in the background of the touch screen. Overall, I think that this game is a sure pick up. Quick simple fun.

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Silly, psychodelic and fun rhythm game with a preposterous plot.
4 Star Review   By member kgivens - Mar 9, 2007   

Strengths: Great graphical style, simple addictive gameplay

Weakness: Like all rhythm games---the fun wears thin after a few hours

This was a blind buy and I had no idea what to expect. It certainly proved to be a fun little game with a ludicrous plot and very engaging graphical style. Great for kids or adults, super time-killer for a boring wait in a doctor's office or on a long car trip.

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A fun quirky DS game
4 Star Review   By member mike_n_ike - Mar 6, 2007   

Strengths: Great soundtrack, fun to play, nice use of the touch screen

Weakness: May not be liked by people who have trouble playing music / rhythm games

Elite Beat Agents is one of the best games on the Nintendo DS. It makes excellent use of the touch screen as you tap the screen and do motions in sync with the game's music. It's a lot of fun playing by yourself and even more fun when playing multiplayer against someone else. Overall, a game that epitomizes what's great about the Nintendo DS and a nice addition to any DS collection.

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Awesomely Outrageous
5 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Feb 19, 2007   

Strengths: Fun and accessible gameplay, great sense of humor.

Weakness: none, really

EBA is, without a doubt, one of the most clever and fun games on the market. The gameplay is addictive and rewarding, the songs are appropriate and sound quite good on the DS, and the stories are thoroughly entertaining. A great multiplayer mode and a number of difficulty mode are also included. Even if you're not a fan of the songs or of rhythm games in general, I highly recommend this title.

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An elite game
5 Star Review   By member michaelsarris - Feb 18, 2007   

Strengths: One of the best music games ever, lots of challenge, great production values.

Weakness: Some of the songs are weak choices.

Ouendan is one of the most-loved import games for the DS. Elite Beat Agents is the U.S. version, and the good news is that very little has been lost in translation. In Elite Beat Agents, you tap along rhythmically to beats or notes in the song. Numbered circles appear on the screen, with larger circles appearing around them. When the larger circles shrink to the same size as the numbered circles, you tap the circle to play along with the beat. It's extremely intuitive and easy to learn. The game gets progressively harder with the patterns and speed. The game gets very difficult, and has multiple difficulty levels. The gameplay in Elite Beat Agents is identical to Ouendan, but the stories, music, and beat patterns have changed. What could have been a disaster has been averted; while the music isn't as good as it could be, it isn't as bad as it could have been either. The music has been chosen carefully for its replayability and ease on the ears. However, some of the enjoyment of this game will come down to taste. Personally, I think there are more hits than misses, although the use of music that's already familiar to most Americans means that some people will have had their fill of some of these songs before they've even played a game. Some things have been improved from the Japanese version. Intros and long story sequences can be skipped and there are bonus unlockable songs. The addition of the U.S. commander is baffling, as he's largely useless filler, but doesn't really negatively impact the game either. The quality of the music and visuals is top notch. The songs are all covers, but they're very faithful and high quality. Certain songs, like "September", "Material Girl", and "ABC" are always fun. Gameplay and challenge is high, and the stories have a nice emotional component as well. You will root for the people in the stories, though the game doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a great mix of music, gameplay, and storytelling, and all of the components make something that's more than just the sum of the parts. This game is what videogames is all about.

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