Japanese game developer Yoshio Sakamoto really knows how to think
outside the "norm" when it comes to strange gaming premises and
the Beat Rhythm Paradise is no exception to that rule.
deliciously rhythmic heart, Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise is a musical
rhythm game that requires players to find their inner groove
as they compete in over 50 mini-games with one of the best
soundtracks of the year.
It's all about timing and finding that perfect tempo and more
importantly for Wii fans, this might be the last great title for the
Nintendo Wii of 2012, especially with the Wii-U just around the
Another fun element of Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise is that the
mini-games are quite short which makes this the perfect title to
play for long or short bouts. The premise behind all the mini-games are all quite
ridiculously crazy, yet fun in this strange quirky way.
some mini-games may require you to get peas onto a fork or you have
to pick up screws from a conveyor belt... and then you have
something totally different like badminton. Even though the controls
of the game are simplistic, the timing and tempo of the game,
especially with the ever changing graphics create this fun visual
and audio experience.
As mentioned, the mini-games are so diverse that you really don't know what to
expect and even though they are graphically crimped, the soundtrack
embedded into the games creates this remarkable music based experience,
provided you have found your inner groove. The key to the game is
matching the music with the gameplay and timing does play a key
In relation to controls and interestingly enough, Beat the Beat does
not use the motion controls of the Wii. Rather, the game only uses
two buttons that include the A and B buttons. That's it. Its pure
simplicity is quite genius. Another incentives in the game include
points and the more you rack up, the more goodies that you can
unlock such as items and music.
As with all Wii titles that collect a plethora of mini-games, Beat
the Beat can at times be a frustrating experience, especially for
some of the games that don't explain their premises very well to the
player in what needs to be done. There is a touch of lost in
translation here. But if the stage is still too
difficult, a dog barista comes to the rescue who allows you skip to
the next stage.
Whether you're rapping,
whacking lollies into a box or high fiving a monkey as he
spins on a clock, I've spent hours playing this bizarre game about rhythm and timing. Just
check out the screen shots for bizarreness!
As you progress in the mini-games, some of these games do become a
little difficult but seeing the strange graphics and characters come
alive is well worth the persistence because in order to proceed
need to master some of the mini-games in three attempts. If things
become too frustrating you can have a break from the mini-games and
play with some of the toys you have been rewarded with.
There are tutorials to the various games that you play and some
feedback is given to the player on their performance or lack of,
however it is not quite that substantial to give you an edge. As you
interview Mexican wrestling stars and catch peas thrown at the
viewer, Beat the Beat contains some interesting remix stages as well
which merges some of the mini-games together. These remix stages are
One of my gripes with Beat the Beat is the multiplayer component
which is a little on the dull side and only gives players access to
a small amount of the mini-games. It's still fun but if the
developers put a little more effort into the multiplayer aspect of
Beat the Beat, it could have been the next big party game hit.
Another gripe is that once you have completed all the mini-games in
this collection, the replay value does get cut short but of course,
you have those high scores to beat.
Graphically, Beat the Beat is a very strange and colourful looking
game on the Wii and even though it is a tad dated, the developers
have really thought outside the square in terms of design. I love
the stylised characters in the game such as the monkeys and the dogs
that look uber cute.
Add in all the strange special effects and together with the gameplay, Beat
the Beat will definitely keep Wii gamers entertained. The animation
of the game is also quite impressive and really gets you into the
spirit, especially with the boppy music. The musical score for Beat
the Beat is however the star of this game, in particular to the great use
of J-Pop to Jazz and everything else in-between.
With a diverse and entertaining soundtrack, Beat the Beat Rhythm
Paradise is truly a game that the Nintendo Wii needed and will keep
you busy until the release of the Wii-U. Who would have thought that
the A button and to an extent the B button could create some
bizarre gaming experience that is actually quite fun to play. Kewl!