Hard to find anything to criticize about this game. I believe more meat will be added to collecting cities plus the missing wizard mode.
As to whether to playing a song to completion is a strategy, yeah it’s real. I do it and have completed encore five times now and feel it is a worthwhile goal. My only issue with the game code is that I think it is too hard (impossible) to start wizard mode. As it stands you need to have played 4 albums plus Tour and Slash. Currently when you qualify an album you must start it at the scoop. You cannot skip starting it and you cannot start building to another song. So you must (play song(s) -> play album) x 4 + play Slash and Tour. I do not think that is possible, prove me wrong. And if you did it, was it because you were good and it ain’t no thing, or were there 30 mph winds blowing in your direction?
There is a Hail Mary strategy to starting Wizard mode now from playing Patience. I played it today and was 4 minutes into the song and lost the ball. It distributed 1 min per each album. If I had played 4 seconds it would have distributed 1 second per album. So in my mind that should count in the current rules as having played all 4 albums, without a need for a change (other than adjusting software to work). I had already played Tour and Slash and after getting 1 minute unto each album, it didn’t work as expected. If so, it should have blinked at the scoop to start the wizard mode.
If it were to have worked, then there is one path to get to Wizard mode. To be more specific, it won’t be achievable to play through and start a wizard mode (without playing Patience) on a regular basis by the top 10% of players, top 5% of players or even top 1%. That is too hard in my book and there should be an adjustment to dumb down results to the masses. I think changing - played albums - to - started song in each album - would put it within reach. Then I suggest making - started song in each album - as the default setting. Played albums - would be available at flip of a switch in the menu, along with a warning. Am I being too shortsighted in my overview?