is a Rhythm Game
developed for iOS
The game can be described as a horizontal, non-splitscreen version of DJMAX Technika
: A black scan line scrolls up and down and you must hit notes as the line goes over them. Occasionally, there are "hold" notes that must be held down until the entire note passes, and "drag" notes where the note must be dragged as the line sweeps over it.Cytus
is free to download, but there is a "cooldown" when you begin a song; purchasing the paid version removes this. Currently, the game has six chapters that are available immediately, each with 9-11 songs; you can purchase locked chapters for 4.99 USD each. A new chapter is unlocked for all players at no extra cost for every 100,000 downloads, with the ultimate goal being to achieve 1 million downloads to make all 10 chapters and 100 songs available without in-app purchases.
Cytus contains examples of:
- Flawless Victory: Completing a song with all Perfects, and therefore the maximum score of 1 million, earns you the "Million Master" rank.
- Game-Breaking Bug: The game has sync issues on certain devices. Fortunately, an update allows players to calibrate timing offsets.
- Interface Spoiler: If, after completing all listed songs in a chapter, the "cleared songs" counter does not show that you've played every song in the chapter, it means there's hidden songs in the chapter.
- Microtransactions: The developers want to do away with this, completely but only if they can hit their goal of 1 million downloads. Until then, locked chapters may be purchased within the app, and every 100,000 downloads, a new chapter is unlocked for free for all players who have purchased the game itself.
- Scoring Points:
- The standard point system, which is based on your note timing and, to an extent, your combo. As there is no Life Meter, your score is used to determine whether you clear or fail a song; you need 700,000 points or better for a clear.
- The "TP" system, which was implemented in repsonse to players complaining that the game's Perfect window is too wide. When you get a Perfect, you will get one of two different splashes; a a green-and-orange splash will add to your TP, while a blue splash, like the other note judgements, will not. It is theoretically possible to complete a song with a perfect score but no TP.
- Secret Song: Some songs on the song select screen have splash screens that can be interacted with to unlock hidden songs. Many of these will require a guide to figure out. "Entrance" and "L" are notable in that their splash screens hide two hidden songs each.
- No Name Given: The hidden songs don't have their names listed; they're merely identified by the song entries that you unlock them on. Instead, they are often given Fan Nicknames; in the case of "L", the secret songs are known as "L Red" and "L Blue" (after their respective background colors).
- Shareware: The free version has a "cooldown" period prior to each song. The cooldown becomes longer the longer you continously play songs. Buying the full version lifts the cooldown mechanic.