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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Rhythm Paradise 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated today.
You press buttons or use the touch screen to trigger timed actions. The DS version of the game is played vertically, like a book. The levels are all relatively short and each has its own aesthetic and rules. The timing and nuance of interactions develop as the game progresses. It soon includes not only taps and presses but holding the stylus down on the touch screen, dragging it across the screen and flicking it off the screen.
To clear a level you need to hit enough beats to get a high enough score. You can also return to levels to see if you can improve your performance. For experts, you are offered a limited chance to achieve a Perfect run on particular levels.
The series has a cult following. Following the Japan-only Game Boy Advance title Rhythm Tengoku, Rhythm Heaven Fever was released on the Wii and Rhythm Heaven Megamix for the Nintendo 3DS.
- Rhythm Tengoku (2006) Gameboy Advance
- Rhythm Heaven / Rhythm Paradise (2008) DS
- Rhythm Heaven Fever / Beat The Beat: Rhythm Paradise (2011) Wii, Wii U
- Rhythm Heaven Megamix / Rhythm Paradise Megamix (2015) 3DS
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need really good timing and relatively quick reactions to get the most from this game. However, you can practice as many times as you need on each level.
You can only play this on older systems (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.
Beat The Beat: Rhythm Paradise
|Wii U||£17.99||Unavailable On Digital Store|
Rhythm Paradise Megamix
|2DS|3DS||£24.99||Unavailable On Digital Store|
Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016
Price: 70% off
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
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