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Osu! (2007) is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels, the games is an esport with people competing to get the highest scores.

Osu was originally released for PC and has since come to Android and iOS (Osu Stream). Its gameplay is inspired by other rhythm games, although without the story elements that were often included in these games: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Taiko no Tatsujin, Happy Feet, Elite Beat Agents, StepMania, and DJMax. The game has a strong community of players and creators making custom levels through the community-made in-game editor.

Play involves tracking an on-screen target with a mouse or trackpad and then accurately pressing a couple of keys in time with the prompts and music. These prompts can be a line to trace, points to hit, spinners to spin and other more complex patterns.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Osu! 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
Too complex for your family? There are lots of games similar to Osu!. Here are some easier younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

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


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Depending on the platform you play the game you need to download song packs. These can contain visuals and lyrics only suitable for older players.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.



Steam Store PC Free
App Store Mac Free
App Store iOS Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can download the game and its related beatmaps from the Osu website. You can get good help from the Osu YouTube channel

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac, PC and iOS

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Rhythm, Sequencing and Action

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Ppy (@Ppy)

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