Traxxpad is not a game. If you're looking for some sort of musical or rhythm game then you've come to the wrong place. However, if you want a powerful little portable music creation tool that skews techno, then Traxxpad may just be what you're after. It will take you some time and effort to learn the tool's complex interface, but if you do invest the time you'll probably be surprised at what you can do with Traxxpad.
Traxxpad comes with a full library of samples and even lets you record your own, so you'll have plenty to work with when you begin laying down tracks. Creating music is a multi-step process that begins with selecting samples and laying them out note by note into a sequence or recording the notes as you play them in real-time using the PSP's buttons. Next you can use an editor to edit the notes, such as changing their pitch. Once you're satisfied with the sequences that you've created you can combine them by stringing them together and/or overlaying them. After this step, all that's left to do is to export your song to an MP3 file for you to listen to later or send to your friends.
That may sound like a simple process, but believe me it will take you some time to figure the whole thing out and export your first song. First of all, and I know many of you won't want to hear this: you're going to have to sit down and read the manual. Without taking the time to read it and focus on the tutorial, you're not going to get anywhere because the interface is fairly complex and not all that intuitive. The program does come with an extensive built-in help system, but you need to have a general idea of what you're looking for for it to be of any use to you.
Once you're up and running you'll probably be surprised at how powerful Traxxpad is. It can't compete with full-featured computer software and the small size of the screen makes it impossible to view long sequences all at once, but for a tool that you can take with you it's pretty impressive. Who knows? With a little practice your friends may be asking you to hook up your PSP to their sound system at parties.
Traxxpad requires some commitment, so it's not for the casual user looking for a quick way to kick out some cool beats. If you're willing to commit to it, though, you'll find it to be a pretty powerful little music creation tool.
In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 79%. With great power comes great complexity.