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Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 8.8
Value 8.8
Distributor: Nintendo
Classification:
G
Reviewer:
Alexander Allen

8.9


Rhythm Heaven
Tap into the Rhythm

It may not look like much but Nintendo’s Rhythm Heaven is one of the best DS games that I have played all year on this console.

So what exactly is Rhythm Heaven?

The core gameplay mechanics revolve around a variety of music and rhythm based mini-games that flawlessly use the innate control system of the DS as you get in touch with your inner beat. You basically use your stylus, fingers and the buttons of the DS to play a variety of interesting and quirky mini-games, 50 to be exact. The whacky and catchy music only make the experience even more enjoyable.

The most unusual aspect of Rhythm Heaven is the way that you hold the console and unlike traditional games, you need to hold the console like a book in order to properly play the title. Truly some unique and strange Japanese gaming at its best.

In terms of strangeness, one mini-game requires you to hold the stylus to the screen and lift it away when the character is required to sing with the player being prompted by two other singers and the conductor. Bizarre? A little… fun? Definitely. Fortunately the title contains a small tutorial to assist with the basics of the title and from there, the gamer is on their own.

The control system of the game is rather apt which uses a mixture of the touch screen and button layout of the console to test your skills. It's interesting how the developers have managed to incorporate the rhythm aspect into all their games, even the space invader clone on this title.
 
The games in Rhythm Heaven are accessed by a nifty menu system and simply by selecting the game, it’s time to test your rhythm skills. It should be noted that not all the games are based in the music world and some are quite bizarre such as Crop Stomp which has you playing as a farmer who is harvesting “beets”. Apart from rhythm the game also requires some decent reflexes which only assists in the overall gaming experience.

From ping pong to Ninjas, Rhythm Heaven targets not only the casual gamer but also hardcore gamers due to the variety of each game. Of course not all games are perfect and some are hit and miss but in general, most succeed. For the more professional gamer, they will not be satisfied until they achieve one of five scores in the game from “Try Again” to “Perfect”.

Obviously in order to proceed in the game and unlock more mini-games and bonuses, you need to score a passable score. By trying to beat your score or achieving the sometimes impossible “Perfect”, you’ll unlock a variety of medals with interactive trinkets.

Graphically, the title is quite Spartan at the best of times, however is quite colourful and features some standard Nintendo DS characters that suits the genre. Of course, the sound and music is the star of the game and even though much of it is MIDI inspired, it’s quite boppy to listen to.

Although the game is reminiscent of WarioWare in terms of playability and content, Rhythm Heaven’s simplicity is the key to success and without trying to be too clever, Nintendo have once again redefined enjoyable gaming for the masses. Perfect for 5 minutes or 5 hours!






 
 



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