If you are a fan of rhythm games and have owned a Nintendo system at any time, you have probably already experienced Rhythm Heaven games at least once. With Rhythm Heaven Megamix, Nintendo repacks the series’ classics with shiny new content, ready to take over your 3DS for longer than you’d wish for. Do you have enough flow to keep in time with this chaotic mess?
Feels like Rhythm Heaven
The plot is as simple as is gets. You encounter a creature called Tibby, who wants to go back to Rhythm Heaven. As the way is paved with dozens of different encounters, you have to beat in order to advance to your destination of target. On your way, you will meet a bunch of weird people, animals and things, all offering new and exciting rhythm minigames, that mostly only last a minute. It is true that the game could have gone without the accompanying story, but clicking through the dialogue sequences didn’t really bother me, as they are short and require no loading screens at all. For kids and undemanding people, I think that the story can be enjoyed, as it perfectly fits the silly animations and tunes.
The sheer amount of Rhythm Heaven Megamix‘ minigames is incredible. Moreover, the characters of each chapter are dynamic and expressive, which would have been another reason for not including a story. The franchise’s one-of-a-kind visual presentation has even improved since the last entry, an offers an even more diverse pool of different art styles and themes. None of the games included feels or looks like the other. You can immediately see that this product comes from Japan, as it holds all of the country’s craziness and expresses it with catchy music. I caught myself repeating games even after mastering them, just to hear the memorable tunes again. Even though the game has no real audible dialogue, you can switch languages in the menu, which merely changes the way how characters count at the beginning of each game. Despite my preference for English localisations, this fitted the overall style way better and allowed for a more authentic experience of Japanese weirdness.
A challenge for all ages
Contrary to other rhythm games, the control scheme of Rhythm Heaven Megamix is fairly simple. Most of the games just revolve around pressing A at the right time, which sounds simple, but can become incredibly hard. Especially after finishing the main campaign, there are many modes to come back to that require a lot of patience and flow. But despite offering a real challenge in later stages, the beginning is really accessible for newcomers eager to play their first rhythm game, and even kids who have yet to develop some kind of musical sense.
Rhythm Heaven is a place on Earth
Rhythm Heaven Megamix goes well beyond being a simple compilation of little rhythm minigames. Every song and game in this huge collection is special and charming in its own way, and offers fun for all ages and skill levels. Now is the perfect chance to revisit the franchise’s catchy mess of songs and probably an even better one to hop in for the first time.
What we liked:
- Catchy tunes
- Amount of content
- Local multiplayer
- Creative art styles
What we didn’t like:
- Dispensable story
This review was written using a Nintendo 3DS review code provided by Nintendo. What is your favourite rhythm game? How do you like the different art styles of this one? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!