Review: Rhythm Paradise Megamix (3DS)

If you’re after a fantastic game loaded to the brim with heaps of funny, exciting and entertaining rhythm mini games, then look no further. Rhythm Paradise Megamix is here and has you covered.

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The latest entry into the successful rhythm series from Nintendo SPD is the fourth game in the Rhythm Heaven series and is chock loaded with heaps of interesting scenarios and more importantly, great music!

There is a story mode to follow and involves a character by the name of Tibby who needs to get to Heaven World, his home. The levels I’ve played so far have four missions in each one with a practice section first before jumping straight into the real action. The games don’t go for much more than a couple of minutes. Do that for the three other challenges and you pass the level, allowing you to progress through the game. I’ll be honest though, I’m paying minuscule attention to the story, as the games and music have me solidly hooked.

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The game itself features levels from past games in the series and some whole new ones just for this game. There are more 100 levels and as a bonus, levels from the GBA version which was never released outside of Japan are also included. The breakdown is roughly 30 new levels for this release and 70 stages from past games so there’s a ton of variety and heaps to keep you busy, especially if like me you’ve never played a game in the series before. You can choose to play the game with the buttons which is probably easier or you can opt for a stylus mode.

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You don’t really buy a game like this for the visuals but the levels are all very different which results in some visuals being very detailed while others are just straight forward allowing you to focus on the music. Speaking of the which, most of the levels have a visual cue to keep in time with the music but as the game moves along, these visual cues tend to disappear making you really find your inner beat master and keep in time with the song.

I’ve played rhythm games before from Hatsune Miku Diva F on the PS Vita to Ouendan on the original DS and Taiko no Tatsujin in the arcades and am an absolute sucker for them. I’m really enjoying this game and if you’re a fan of rhythm games or are looking for something new to play, this is a great introduction to a fun genre of gaming.

Final score: 9.5/10

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