Video Game: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
— "Raphael/Phantom R"
A rhythm game unlike any other. It essentially combines the exploration gameplay of the renowned Professor Layton
series with Rhythm Heaven
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 Napoleon Bonaparte
and pursues his Disappeared Dad
, doing so in style the entire time.
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This game contains examples of:
- Abnormal Ammo: In R31 Charlie shoots down evil minions with soccer balls. On a hang glider.
- Anachronism Stew: At first, the plot seems to just be about stopping Napoleon, who seems to have been brought back to life, from taking over France. Then 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- Also, the story is supposed to take place in the present day, but several NPC characters have very outdated names such as Urbain or Auban.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: 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.
- At the Opera Tonight: This is where Phantom R and Marie first meet Duchess Elisabeth, and where Phantom R gets the Queen's Tear.
- Bilingual Bonus: 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".
- Bloodless Carnage: Various characters get shot at or stabbed with no visible signs of injury.
- Bookcase Passage: In Raphael's apartment.
- Book Ends: 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. The last plot-related rhythm game is a souped up version of the same game.
- Bottomless Magazines: In R35, Inspector Vergier never reloads. Ever.
- Calling Your Attacks: Napoleon will tell you the sequence he'll attack with in sword fights.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: It's a rhythm game, so naturally this pops up; Phantom R channels the energy of everyone in Paris who desires the Hanging Gardens to stop.
- Conveniently Empty Building: This gets taken Up to Eleven. 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. Even when the Eiffel Tower is struck by lightning, there is no one in there other than Phantom R.
- Dances and Balls: Raphael and Marie have a ballroom dance, complete with, of course, a rhythm game.
- Driven to Suicide: 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.
- Dub Name Change: Ralph becomes Raphael, Maria becomes Marie, Claude becomes Charlie, Bodouin becomes Vergier, Heinrich becomes Jean-François, Rowan becomes Alfred, Darius becomes Isaac... Yes, that's pretty much the whole cast.
- The Dulcinea Effect Marie seems to have this on Raphael.
- Eiffel Tower Effect: 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.
- Evil All Along: Jean-François is revealed to be Graf.
- Gratuitous French: 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.
- Home Base: Raphael's apartment, to which he returns after pretty much every 'mission'.
- Improbable Weapon User: Charlie and soccer balls.
- Jerkass Façade: 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.
- Jump Physics: Phantom R and Fondue are capable of jumping ridiculous distances.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: When fighting Napoleon, Phantom R is thrown a sword to defend himself with.
- Luminescent Blush: A couple of time. Once on Marie when she is complimented by Raphael at the ballroom.
- Magic Music: Marie's violin.
- The Man Behind the Man: After you defeat 'Napoleon', it turns out that he was just a stand-in for the real Napoleon, who is still at large.
- No Damage Run: The Full Contact Challenges are basically these.
- No Endor Holocaust: An assault of knights and the ruckus spread by the attack of the weather-controlling Gardens of Babylon (and their destruction) still don't deter all of Paris from celebrating a few days after.
- Older Than They Look: Raphael is eighteen, Marie is 17.
- Raphael looks like he could be in his late teens, but in the flashback where his father leaves, even though he's around 15 or 16, he looks about 10.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Happens every now and then, most notably to Charlie. Though he has a British accent for some reason, despite being born and raised in France and that his dad has a French accent, sometimes he sounds Australian.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: 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.
- Though it's hinted that a few people do see it. They just don't call attention to it.
- Plot Coupon: The bracelet of Tiamat.
- Plot Coupon That Does Something: 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.
- Police Are Useless: Even dressed as Phantom R, Raphael can speak to the constables without them even suspecting him.
- Public Domain Soundtrack/Rock Me, Amadeus!: 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.
- Rhythm Game: 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 Action Commands, but that's just the premise of them.
- Samus is a Girl: Charlie isn't Inspector Vergier's son. Rather, Charlie is Inspector Vergier's daughter.
- Say My Name: Inspector Vergier, Charlie and Napoleon all do this to Phantom R.
- Sequel Hook: 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.
- Shout-Out: There are rhythm games that play like Sega's past rhythm games Samba de Amigo and Space Channel 5. One of them also uses music from Feel The Magic: XY/XX/Project Rub.
- Shown Their Work: 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.
- Critical Research Failure: 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.
- Summon Backup Dancers: 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.
- Take My Hand: Phantom R saves Charlie this way in their second encounter. Charlie gets a chance to pay him back during the climax.
- Taking the Bullet: Done by Elisabeth for Marie.
- Unexplained Accent: In spite of taking place in Paris, the game features an odd amalgamation of French, American, and British accents, with some characters even using multiple accents in the course of one conversation.
- Villainous Breakdown: Graf's breakdown after you defeat him.
- X Meets Y: Rhythm Heaven meets Professor Layton.