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Video Game Rhythm Paradise Review
Rhythm Paradise (2008) (also known as Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Rhythm Paradise 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated today.

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Rhythm Paradise (also known as Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

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

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Rhythm game with Brain Game elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

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.


Rhythm Paradise usually costs £17.99 to £29.99. 
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

Switch Store Wii U £17.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

Rhythm Paradise

Rhythm Paradise Megamix

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £24.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Brain Game

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer)

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: tsunkuboy (@tsunkuboy)

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