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Video Game / Rhythm Doctor

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Rhythm Doctor is a "tough-as-nails one-button Rhythm Game". Openly inspired by Rhythm Heaven, the gameplay is hypothetically very simple: heartbeats are analogized to musical beats, and the player remotely applies a defibrillator with a single keypress to a patient on (mostly) seventh beats to keep their heartbeat going. Songs start at serious and steadily get vicious with tempo changes, off-beats and skipped beats, poly-rhythms, syncopation, and many other rhythm complications.


The original demo was released in 2014 and was selected for the IGF's Student Showcase Selection that year. The full version is currently on Steam Greenlight for release in Q3 2017.

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  • Bilingual Bonus: The tutorial at the start of the game has a nurse counting in Mandarin rather than English, making following-along easier with knowledge of said Mandarin.
  • Everything Has Rhythm: Including heartbeats, evidently.
  • Interface Screw: The early boss level Oriental Insomniac has no real changes to one's input timings, unlike any other level in the game... but becomes severely chopped-and-screwed due to the patient's "connectifia abortus" infection damaging the wi-fi.
  • Magical Defibrillator: Subverted. The game's premise is based on managing clearly dysfunctional heart rhythms, and mismanagement will mangle hearts regardless of defibrillator use.
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  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Text glitches in the half-way point of Oriental Insomniac and visual distortion in the intro of the night-shift version warn of the signal soon about to face serious rhythmic issues.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: One Shift More features your senior doctor, Ada, being unable to ignore her patients yet starting to break down from overwork (while patients and budget-cutting politicians cut in)
    I'm the one that needs some HEEEEEEELP!! / Someone save me from this he-ell! / ...shouldn't have gone to med school.
    You see, I've been on call this week / I'm barely getting any sleep / I'd love to catch up, I really would, / But they've been waiting for so long~
  • Suddenly Voiced: One Shift More, as part of being a sudden musical number, switches from textboxes to voiced lyrics for the doctors.
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  • Uncommon Time: The night-shift mode of Oriental Insomniac features a virus breaking off part of the patient's heart half way through, shifting the beat from 8/8 to 7/8.
  • Work Info Title: "Oriental Techno" and "Oriental Insomniac" are named after their genres.

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