And they’ve done it again. Nintendo brings to you its latest addition to their already cool list of games. This one is called Rhythm Paradise.
As you can probably guess from the title, the game is about “rhythm”. Have you heard of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)? Rhythm Paradise is somewhat similar, of course without requiring you to hop on a track pad. This one can be played with your fingers or the stylus. And since it’s Nintendo, you may expect a lot more from the game than just a smaller version of DDR.
Rhythm Paradise has already sold over 1.6 million copies in Japan, and is now set to swerve the UK market on its tunes from May 1, 2009.
The most unique selling point of the game is the extremely short learning curve; it just can’t get any simpler. All you have to do is hold your DS or DSi in the sideways book form, and tap, flick, or slide the touch screen with your stylus to match the rhythm of the tune that plays in the background.
However, don’t be disappointed when you hear that it’s very simple to learn. It is simple to understand the rules and play, but you’ll have a tough time trying to master all the songs as the rhythm and the beats start getting more interesting and difficult.
In order to provide you with an idea of what is to come, the game gives you a practice tutorial before each new section. You can try your moves during this time and understand how you are to play the main game. As you get on with the real deal, the game will tell you how you’ve done.
The tunes are all extremely catchy and you’ll soon find yourself completely engrossed in the game. The songs and their irresistible tapping beats have been composed by the famous Japanese producer “Tsunku”. The game is designed such that as you master one tune, you get to unlock more songs.
Rhythm Heaven [now Paradise] features original music in dozens of rhythm-based minigames. Even though the controls are simple to grasp, each minigame challenges the player’s grasp of rhythm by throwing in interesting beats and off-beats.
The game is controlled entirely by the stylus: Tap to shake your hips in one game or flick the stylus on the touch screen to swing a paddle in another. It’s all about tapping, flicking, sliding and holding. This simple set of gestures combines with the rhythm of each game for a unique musical experience.
It’s easy to figure out what to do, and then the game play becomes addictive. Rhythm Heaven is easy enough for new players to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, yet veteran gamers will want to unlock and master every game.
Does that remind you Johnny Cash and his once-popular number “Get Rhythm?”