Rhythm Heaven (DS)

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Rhythm Heaven (DS)




Tap and Slide your way to Victory

Rhythm Heaven came out back on the good old DS, the first in the series to hit US shores. The prior game was released in Japan only on the Game Boy Advance, and became a hit. Across the world, people imported this game (if they could) to play it; and while not understanding a word they loved it.
Now, Rhythm Heaven is a musical game composed of multiple songs, each of which is controlled partially by you. How well you play each minigame effects the way the song plays, and if you pass or fail the level. You always are tapping to the beat, or sliding, with the stylus on the touch screen. The controls are as simple as that; although you do hold the DS sideways. It is a very strange position, but one that feels good and fits the flicking of the game.

There are 30 original levels in Rhythm Heaven, with extra unlockable content giving more to do over time. Levels become unlocked one by one, and are located on an easy to use touch screen menu. Levels come in groups of five, with the first four being new songs and games, and the fifth is called a Remix. In a Remix, the previous four songs (and occasionally more) are mixed together to a new song. These levels are some of the hardest, even for the musically gifted.
The difficulty of the game depends on your musical abilities; if you are a drummer, odds are you'll breeze through most challenges, while tone deaf players may really struggle. That being said, the music is very nice, and the game features a decent difficulty curve (although some levels feel out of place in the line-up). Beating a level can earn you a Medal if you do good enough, and eventually may give you a few chances to do a perfect run. These perfect runs are more tense than most videogames, and you only have 3 chances at each one before the chance is gone.
The minigames themselves are always very entertaining, from being in a rock band of ghosts, to karate chopping, to building robots and more. Every minigame is displayed on the top screen, and the bittom screen is used for the stylus. Left-handed players can change the settings at the menu so that they can flip the DS around and play as well. The controls involve only tapping and flicking on the touch screen, and one level features a use of the shoulder buttons.
There is also a shop keeper who will take you in between levels to listen to some music or read some extra articles unlocked. Collecting Medals unkocks new mini games to play, which are in 3 categories of Endless, Regular and Guitar Songs. Even more things will unlock than this in this monster of a game.

Rhythm Heaven is a music game that hits all of the right notes, it has charming gameplay, catchy music you'll sing for a long time, and loads of content to unlock. The controls are very simple yet fun, and did I mention that the music is extremely catchy? Overall, this is a purchase anyone should make, as it's one of the stars of the DS library.

9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

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Post on Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:20 pm by Professor Clayton

I felt like reviewing a game, and I let my Backlog Fortune-Cookie decide what one~
Any comments or criticism is welcome~

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Post on Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:51 am by Magikarp

Great review, Clay! I absolutely loved this game when it came out (partially because it was for 9 dollars, too). The remix levels especially were creative and had a lot of attention to detail. There were just a couple of moments where the difficulty got cheap (*glares at Dazzles, Remix 7 and Rhythm Rally*) so I would have given it a 9/10 as well.

I'd actually recommend it to people who want to get better at music. I could feel my rhythm becoming more reliable as I progressed, and it helped me master patterns for playing instruments in real life.

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Post on Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:14 am by Professor Clayton

@Magikarp Thanks~
I actually found the LockStep one to be way too hard as well, but that's probably just me.

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Post on Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:45 pm by KiDasharus

ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Lockstep is like, one of my favorite games in there. I found it easy. In fact, those were one of the first two I perfected :/

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