SongPop 2 is a music game. You compete with other players worldwide to see who can recognize songs and artists the quickest. It's free to play, and might take over your life!
Name that tune
There are two main modes in SongPop 2: games and parties. A game is a one on one against another player. One player picks a playlist, which could be based on era, genre, artist, and so on. Then the game starts. You hear a clip of music and as quickly as possible have to choose the correct answer from a list. The faster you get the correct answer the more points you get.
If your opponent is not online, they will be notified, and can play the round later. Whoever gets the highest score wins. You get experience points and occasional other prizes. You can keep playing against the same opponent, which can create pretty good rivalries. It's simple, easy to grasp and can quickly become an obsession!
Party games are daily challenges, based on a theme. Join four other players for a live match of ten songs, and see in real time who's in the lead. These games are especially exciting, and the added chance to climb a worldwide leaderboard makes them extra compelling. Who doesn't want to be number one in their chosen genre?
Micropayments don't ruin the fun
SongPop 2 is free to play, but there's plenty of monetization in there. There are popup ads that you can disable by playing for VIP Status, which gives you a bunch of other benefits too. You can buy extra playlists as well, either with in-game coins that you earn as you play, or by buying pack of coins in-app. You can also get more coins by completing various advertising offers, although the ones I saw often asked for credit card details, and didn't feel particularly trustworthy.
Despite all the options to spend money in SongPop, it's still great fun if you don't want to. Parents and compulsive buyers can relax knowing you can disable in-app purchases in iOS settings. Playlists do get repetitive quite quickly, even as new songs are added, and if you're a genuine expert in a genre you may actually find it far too easy.
I recognize Eazy E in under a second
SongPop 2's concept is nothing new, but it's lots of fun and pretty addictive. Despite being loaded with possible micropayments, you're not stopped from having fun if you want to play for free.