A couple of days ago, our regulars will remember that we posted an article regarding SongPop, the new Facebook social media music trivia game! We’ve been evaluating it for a while no and we’ve got to agree that it is definitely addictive! And from the number of people that we see playing it at all times of the day (presumably while some of them should be working!), we can quite confidently say that its heading to be (if not already) one of the most popular games on Facebook.
The Zuck’s Recommendation
SongPop’s popularity was greatly increased when it received a recommendation from none other that the Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said “Song Pop is one of the most fun Facebook games I’ve played in a while”. And we tend to agree with him!!!
More Popular Than Draw Something?
Not only that, an article in the Guardian last month said that SongPop could overtake the other fans favourite Draw Something within a month (which is round about now! ;)).
The Two Versions…
So there’s two versions. On the App Store anyway. Is there two on Facebook? Can’t remember seeing two or how that would be implemented…. but anyway I digress!
There’s two versions, a free version and a premium version.
So, what’s the difference? Well the free version, is err….. free ;). I know, shocking! And the premium version is an upgrade to the free version, and currently available in the App Store for £1.49 – which we think is a very reasonable amount for a game that you are likely to spend nearly every spare minute in the day on! – at least for a few months anyway!
The Free Version….
In the free version you get the following features:
- From today’s hits to classic rock, start with 6 playlists – there’s something for everyone!
- Play with thousands of songs from Golden Oldies to today!
- Invite your friends to quick challenges and see who has the best music memory.
- Unlock new playlists featuring more genres, more artists, and special song collections.
So, as you can see, lots of nice features in the free version – and regardless of which version you are thinking of getting it’s always worth trying the free version first and checking that it is for you (which it most likely will be!).
The Premium Version…
The extras that you get in the premium version, for only £1.49 in the App Store are:
- Play with twice as many friends at once!
- Extended, HD quality music clips.
- Totally ad free, forever!
There’s some nice little extras in there for not much money, so it’s well worth the £1.49 in our opinion.
Extra Tip To Get More Games!
However, if you want to stick to the free version for now, that’s OK – we’ve got a tip for you.
In the free version you are limited to 20 open games or challenges at the same time. This can be frustrating, especially if you fall in love with the game (like we did!). After you’ve got 20 open games, when you click ‘Create game’ within SongPop, it tells you to delete (end) another game first.
Well that’s a bummer! However, regular Facebook users out there will likely have amassed a small army of Facebook friends. How does that help you? Well even after you’ve got 20 games open, you can still challenge people from your friends list to a game – and go well beyond the 20 open games limit.
Deliberate Or A Mistake?
Is this a mistake or a bug? Or is it deliberate? Well, we’re not entirely sure. There are reasons for both.
It could be a mistake. Maybe it’s a bug that slipped through the net. This would be a fairly simple explanation to understand it.
Or, it could be deliberate. SongPop is a social media game. The key word here is ‘social’. It’s beneficial for the developers for more people to play SongPop – as the more people there are, the more people that might pay for the premium version and increase revenues for the developer. Also, new players are good for existing players as there are more players in the ‘players pool’ to possibly play against. By allowing you to challenge (therefore invite) an unlimited amount of your Facebook friends the SongPop game and it’s player pool should develop at a much faster rate. However, the one downside would be that if this is deliberate, it ‘devalues’ the premium version (kind of) as one of the premium features isn’t necessarily needed – the ability to have more games.
SongPop is an excellent game. It gets a definite recommendation from us! Make sure you’ve got a few hours spare when you first play it – most likely you’ll need them!
Both the free and the premium versions are excellent – and in our opinion, the premium version is well worth the small price tag.
Plus, you never know, you might go for a ‘random’ challenge and end up playing against the Original Facebooker, Mark Zuckerberg! And with that combined with all the features of the fantastic game that is SongPop, it truly is a irresistible prospect!