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Emperor's Treasure Review

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Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure (2012) is a narrative rhythm game told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find him, visits various French locations by completing music-rhythm challenges.

There is an abridged port for iOS devices, titled Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper. This plays in a similar fashion although the story elements are more streamlined and the game combines the tapping and visual progression onto one screen.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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This is a Narrative and Rhythm game with Action, Puzzle and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.


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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.
Rated PEGI 12. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with alcohol reference, cartoon violence and mild suggestive themes.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/04/2012

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Rhythm (Action, Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

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