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HarmoKnight (2013) (Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight in Japan) is a rhythm based running, jumping and whacking game. You play a boy named Tempo who is fighting enemies with a musical note staff. You are joined by an archer named Lyra, a buff warrior named Tyko, and his monkey companion, Cymbi on a mission to save the princess.

You automatically move through side-scrolling levels and must press two different buttons to jump and swing the staff. Do this in time with the music and you gather notes to progress. You can charge your staff to earn extra notes as well as choose different routes through the levels to find bonuses. At times you switch to other characters to use the crossbow, harder hits or ride on karts.

If you are hit by an enemy or obstacle you lose a heart and fail if you lose them all. You are graded at the end of each stage based on how many notes you have collected. As levels are unlocked you discover different themes and musical timings, 4/4, 3/4 and so on. You can unlock some stages that feature music from the Pokémon series, that this developer created. At the end of each set of levels you take on a boss fights, with harder and more repetitious timing required.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked HarmoKnight 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 20 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Rhythm and Traversal game with Platform and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. To find everything and all the hidden items on each level can take players towards 30 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Skill Level

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The two button controls are a nice way for very young children to feel like they are playing a platform game. To do well you need precise timing and to memorise the levels.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/03/2013

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Rhythm, Traversal (Platform and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)

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