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[[caption-width-right:231:The question remains at why [[PaperThinDisguise no-one can tell the difference]].]]

->"It's Showtime!"
-->-- "Raphael/Phantom R"

A rhythm game unlike any other. It essentially combines the exploration gameplay of the renowned ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series with ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven''-esque minigames.

The game follows the protagonist Raphael in his day-to-day life, as world-renowned art thief Phantom R. He faces off against Inspector Vergier of the Paris Constabulary, meets a mysterious man who claims to be NapoleonBonaparte and pursues his {{Disappeared Dad}}, doing so in style the entire time.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: In R31 [[spoiler: Charlie shoots down evil minions with soccer balls. On a hang glider.]]
* AnachronismStew: At first, the plot seems to just be about stopping Napoleon, who seems to have been [[UnexplainedRecovery brought back to life]], from taking over France. Then [[spoiler:Napoleon retrieves an ancient treasure from under Paris. Which turns out to be the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Which is a flying stone spaceship ''with a nuclear reactor in the center''.]]
** Also, the story is supposed to take place in the present day, but several NPC characters have very outdated names such as Urbain or Auban.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: While you'll use Raphael/Phantom R most of the time, you will occasionally control Fondue, Marie, Charlie, or Vergier. Each of them also receives a bonus chapter starring them, with Charlie and Vergier sharing one.
* AtTheOperaTonight: This is where Phantom R and Marie first meet Duchess Elisabeth, and where Phantom R gets the Queen's Tear.
* BilingualBonus: [[GratuitousFrench Lots of them.]] For example, if you read the newspaper article (or what's shown on screen of it) that Phantom R holds up in the first chapter, you can read a number of amusing details, such as that some people think Phantom R might be a woman posing as a man and that he can "hypnotize people with his dance moves".
* BloodlessCarnage: Various characters get shot at or stabbed with no visible signs of injury.
* BookcasePassage: In [[spoiler: Raphael's apartment.]]
* BookEnds: The first plot-related rhythm game involves Phantom R dancing with two dancers and the player is required to slide the stylus in a direction corresponding to the dancers' moves at the right time. [[spoiler: The last plot-related rhythm game is a souped up version of the same game.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: In R35, Inspector Vergier never reloads. Ever.
* CallingYourAttacks: Napoleon will tell you the sequence he'll attack with in sword fights.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: It's a rhythm game, so naturally this pops up; [[spoiler:Phantom R channels the energy of everyone in Paris who desires the Hanging Gardens to stop]].
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: This gets taken UpToEleven. Even when Phantom R goes to world-famous Parisian landmarks like Notre Dame, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower ''mid-day'', absolutely no tourists or civilians are around to see him do things like find the Dragon Crown or a secret entrance into the catacombs or fight with the Chevaliers Diaboliques. [[spoiler: Even when the Eiffel Tower is struck by lightning, there is no one in there other than Phantom R.]]
* DancesAndBalls: Raphael and Marie have a ballroom dance, complete with, of course, a rhythm game.
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Implied with "Napoleon's" death after his second defeat by Phantom R. With the Hanging Garden crumbling, he steps back off the edge and falls, smiling.]]
* DubNameChange: Ralph becomes Raphael, Maria becomes Marie, Claude becomes Charlie, Bodouin becomes Vergier, Heinrich becomes Jean-François, Rowan becomes Alfred, [[spoiler:Darius becomes Isaac]]... Yes, that's pretty much the whole cast.
** {{Justified}} for Ralph, Maria and Heinrich as [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign their names didn't fit with the French setting.]] Unexplicable for Claude whose French name was changed for an Anglo-Saxon one. Most likely, this is because [[spoiler:Charlie is a unisex name and Claude is not, [[TomboyishName although females named Charlie are rare, even as a nickname.]]]]
* TheDulcineaEffect Marie seems to have this on Raphael.
* EiffelTowerEffect: Literally; the Eiffel Tower features prominently in the cover of the game, and is viewable in the majority of shots of the Paris skyline in-game.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Jean-François is revealed to be Graf.]]
* GratuitousFrench: [[JustifiedTrope A given]], since this game is set in France.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Raphael is able to change outfits in a few seconds. Where he keeps said outfit is never shown.
* HomeBase: Raphael's apartment, to which he returns after pretty much every 'mission'.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Charlie and soccer balls.
* JerkassFacade: Raphael as Phantom R comes off as this to the police in general, but underneath he's actually a nice guy.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Phantom R's theme is used constantly throughout the game. But don't worry. It's catchy.
** Also "Moon Princess," which doubles as a ChekhovsGun.
* JumpPhysics: Phantom R and Fondue are capable of jumping ridiculous distances.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: When fighting Napoleon, Phantom R is thrown a sword to defend himself with.
* LuminescentBlush: A couple of time. Once on Marie when she is complimented by Raphael at the ballroom.
* MagicMusic: [[spoiler:Marie's violin.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:After you defeat 'Napoleon', it turns out that he was just a stand-in for the real Napoleon, who is still at large.]]
* NoDamageRun: The Full Contact Challenges are basically these.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Raphael is eighteen, Marie is 17.
** Raphael looks like he could be in his late teens, but [[spoiler: in the flashback where his father leaves, even though he's around 15 or 16, he looks about 10.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Happens every now and then, most notably to Charlie. Though he has a British accent for some reason, [[UnexplainedAccent despite being born and raised in France and that his dad has a French accent]], sometimes he sounds Australian.
* PaperThinDisguise: Raphael's "Phantom R" disguise is just a suit and a lack of glasses. Even people who actually know Raphael and see Phantom R don't seem to put the pieces together.
** [[spoiler:Though it's hinted that a few people ''do'' see it. They just don't call attention to it.]]
* PlotCoupon: The bracelet of Tiamat.
** [[spoiler:PlotCouponThatDoesSomething: At the end of the game, Raphael harnesses the city's energy with the bracelet and destroys the reactor of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in a large beam of light.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Even dressed as Phantom R, Raphael can speak to the constables [[PaperThinDisguise without them even suspecting him]].
* PublicDomainSoundtrack[=/=]RockMeAmadeus: Quite a few of the songs are actually pieces of classical music. Some of them, such as "En Garde, Jean-François," are remixed to modern instrumentation.
* RhythmGame: Pretty much every minigame in the game, not counting the puzzle games. There are a total of 50 in this game. You could also consider a few of the rhythm games to have ActionCommands, but that's just the premise of them.
* [[spoiler:SamusIsAGirl: Charlie isn't Inspector Vergier's son. Rather, Charlie is Inspector Vergier's ''daughter''.]]
* SayMyName: Inspector Vergier, Charlie and Napoleon all do this to Phantom R.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:The deal with Raphael's dad remains a mystery and he is ready to move on to the next stage of the plan with the real Napoleon.]] Which makes it a shame that Sega are ''only'' making games for their top four franchises as of March 2012.
* ShoutOut: There are rhythm games that play like Sega's past rhythm games ''SambaDeAmigo'' and ''SpaceChannel5''. One of them also uses music from ''Feel The Magic: XY/XX''[=/=]''Project Rub''.
** The carousel sound in Tuileries Garden is a clip of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riZHROjpfSI Merry Memory-Go-Round]]" from ''[[NiGHTS NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams]]'' (begins at about 1:45).
* ShownTheirWork: Sega really went all out with rendering Paris, including some little details. For example, when Raphael goes to Montmartre (which is a popular place for street artists to sell portraits and caricatures), he encounters an artist who draws his portrait and a picture of Marie.
** CriticalResearchFailure: However, French gamers or people well versed in French culture can find an equal number of mistakes, such as the striking lack of non-White people among the [=NPCs=] or Raphael saying that the colours of the French flag stand for freedom, equality and brotherhood (which they don't). Not to mention Raphael's, Marie's and other main characters' names in the original Japanese version of the game are anything but French names.
* SummonBackupDancers: Any time Phantom R dances, two clones of him in all-black clothing accompany him. This applies to Jerome too (with clones of Phantom R). They disappear when the dancing ends.
* TakeMyHand: Phantom R saves Charlie this way in their second encounter. [[spoiler:Charlie gets a chance to pay him back during the climax.]]
* [[spoiler: TakingTheBullet: Done by Elisabeth for Marie.]]
* UnexplainedAccent: In spite of taking place in Paris, the game features an odd amalgamation of French, American, and British accents, [[OohMeAccentsSlipping with some characters even using multiple accents in the course of one conversation.]]
** Averted in the French dub, [[CaptainObvious obviously]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Graf's breakdown after you defeat him.]]
* XMeetsY: ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' meets ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton''.
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->[[TheStinger Show's over!]]