Video Game: Rhythm Heaven
"Go for a Perfect!"Rhythm Heaven
, known in Japan as Rhythm Tengoku
and as Rhythm Paradise
in Europe, can best be described as WarioWare meets Elite Beat Agents.
The first game in the series was released on the GBA in late 2006, making it the last game that Nintendo
developed for the system, and later in arcades as a joint project between Nintendo and SEGA
. Naturally this meant that it would be released only in Japan
, not unlike the case with Mother 3
. Despite this, the DS sequel (known as Rhythm Tengoku Gold
in Japan) would receive an overseas release
to a positive reception.
The gameplay is fairly simple. The game is divided into sets of four or five music-based mini-games, which are completed by pressing buttons (or flicking and tapping the touch screen) in time with the rhythm. Upon completion of each mini-game, the player's performance is evaluated and given a ranking: Try Again, OK, or Superb. If a player gets a Try Again rating, they can't progress to the next mini-game until they can get one of the higher ratings. A Superb rating awards the player with a medal; collecting these allows bonus features such as endless mini-games to be unlocked. Sometimes the game challenges the player to complete a mini-game flawlessly. Doing so nets a Perfect rating, which unlocks bonus information on the mini-game or adds another song to the sound test. After completing a set of games, the player is challenged to a Remix game that includes each game of the set. Completing the Remix unlocks the next set.
The mini-games themselves are exactly what one would expect from the team responsible for WarioWare
: Quirky, bizarre, and generally addictive. Examples include:
- Hitting baseballs expelled by a flowerpot while floating in space
- Helping a rabbit jump across whales and turtles to reach the moon
- Stomping around a garden to pluck beets from the ground
- Shaking and tossing flasks to create hearts in a laboratory devoted to studying the science of love
- Controlling a member of a quartet of dancing shrimp
- Piloting a rocket powered by anthropomorphic tuning forks across a surreal landscape of flowers and pink clouds
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Half Rhythm Game
, Half Widget Series
, Rhythm Heaven
is a definite qualifier for one of the best rhythm-based mini-game collections available.
On an interesting note, it is one of the few rhythm games to actually be about "rhythm" and not just rapid timing. That is most prominently featured in Lockstep in Heaven
, where you'll cruise after you get how to switch from the beat to off-beat but will be completely impossible if you just try to "muscle" your way through.
The third iteration, Rhythm Heaven Fever
, also known in Japan as Minna no Rhythm Tengoku
(Everyone's Rhythm Heaven), was released in the States in February 2012. The European port (called Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
) was, after an enormous wait, released in July 2012.A 3DS version
has been announced for a 2015 release in Japan. It contains 100 games — 30 new and 70 returning from the previous three.Note:
For shorthand, we'll be calling the GBA version Tengoku
, the DS version Heaven
, Wii version Fever
, and, for now, the 3DS version 3DS
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