Tag Archives: rhythm game

Patapon 3, PSP

Patapon 3 – the third game in the Patapon series – was developed by Pyramid and SCE Japan Studio and published by Sony in 2011.

I have to admit that I’d never played any of the Patapon games until recently, and – wow – I’m very impressed!

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Rez, Dreamcast

Developed by United Game Artists and released simultaneously for the Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation 2 in 2001, Rez is a trippy, mind-bendingly-original and visually-stunning ‘Rail Shooter’ (meaning: the path you follow is ‘on rails’, like a rollercoaster), with hacking and music influences.

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Break Dance, Commodore 64

Underneath the chubby graphics, and the cheesy tunes, is a half-decent game trying to get out.

You have to remember though: Break Dance is from 1984, and a) breakdancing was new and cool back then, and b) rhythm games hadn’t even been invented. So no one knew what one was.

Epyx‘s Break Dance is a rhythm game basically, with five different ‘events’, each requiring a slightly different kind of breakdancing. You can either take them on individually or one after the other.

The music in Break Dance is great – because the Commodore 64 has a great sound chip. The graphics are laughable. The game itself is still very playable – if you can be bothered to work out what to do.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_Dance

Neon Drive, PC

Neon Drive is a beautiful modern retro game that is a kind of cross between an old, ’80s arcade game, and a rhythm game.

Rather than drive normally, you veer left and right to the beat of the game’s soundtrack.

Obstacles thrown in front of you as you drive are timed to the beat, and making your way successfully through a course requires Zen-like concentration and relaxation. Well, not really relaxation. Neon Drive definitely gets the blood pressure going!

Beautiful to look at too – the retro neon styling in this game is gorgeous. Neon Drive is well worth a play, if you like a challenge.

Released in 2016 and developed by Fraoula.

Website: http://neondrivegame.com/
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/433910/Neon_Drive/

PaRappa the Rapper 2, PlayStation 2

Ingenious rhythm game sequel starring everyone’s favourite rapping dog. It’s just so funny, colourful, different, weird and cute (and totally kid friendly) that PaRappa the Rapper 2 is sure to appeal to a wide range of games-players – excepting maybe the profoundly cynical.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PaRappa_the_Rapper_2

Crypt of the NecroDancer, PC

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a smart modern, Indie retro game that crosses rhythm game mechanics with rogue-like dungeon-crawling. And it works extremely well and is a lot of fun to play. Crypt of the NecroDancer is like Ultima, but played to the beat of an Abba tune…

Graphically and sonically, Crypt of the NecroDancer is fantastic, with great pixel artwork, characterful enemies, and some varied, foot-tapping tunes. Sure: the music is a little bit “Ibiza Anthems” at times, but you can actually use your own music with it if you like (or at least: try to – it’s a bit hit and miss what will work and what won’t).

Even better: if the rhythm/dancing aspect of the gameplay bothers you, you can turn it off – in Bard Mode – and play the game like a regular Rogue-like adventure. And as one of those: it is one of the very best. In fact: there are so many unlockables and play modes (and achievements related to them), that this game is bound to keep any budding adventuring dancer occupied for quite a while. There’s even a local Co-op Mode for multiple players.

Crypt of the NecroDancer was developed by Brace Yourself Games and first released in 2015.

More: Crypt of the NecroDancer on Wikipedia
Steam: Crypt of the NecroDancer on Steam
GOG.com: Crypt of the NecroDancer on GOG.com
Website: http://necrodancer.com/