One of the most interesting trends that I’ve been noticing is the increasing use of social gaming channels by traditional game makers–especially in relation to them tying “traditional” games with a Facebook game counterpart.
Enter THQ with their “Beat City” Facebook application.
The game, on the DS, is much like a Rhythm Heaven–players perform odd tasks in relation to music. THQ’s Beat City Facebook app, by extension, is essentially offering a small taste of what they’d be getting by purchasing the full DS title.
As Games.com points out, the potential sore spot for the application is that there is no real social element to be seen–however, it is an interesting method of releasing a demo–Facebook’s viral aspect could make for some good word-of-mouth for the game’s style, gameplay, and so on.
If you do download and play the application, there is another incentive for you as well: THQ is holding a weekly chance for players to earn a DSi XL.