Music-loving DS owners can tap more than their toes with the release of Elite Beat Agents, a stylus-striking rhythm game with a premise that is part Men in Black and part Saturday Night Fever. The Elite Beat Agents are a sharp-dressed group of covert government operatives who solve problems and predicaments by grooving to the beat. Gameplay involves tapping and tracing patterns on the touch screen while the story is revealed in comic book-like panels within the top screen. Twenty songs are included from such artists as Madonna, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Ashlee Simpson, Deep Purple, David Bowie, and Chicago.
Maintain the beat throughout each song and the story will reach its conclusion based on your overall performance. An "elite-o-meter" monitors progress as players try to make the story end on a happy note, but the drama can just as easily take a turn for the worse. The offbeat tasks range from helping a dog find its way home to charming a football player on behalf of a lovesick babysitter. In an unusual twist for the genre, the game includes support for up to four players in a series of competitive challenges. Elite Beat Agents is an update to Japan's Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, featuring new characters, scenarios, and songs designed to appeal to Western audiences. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide