Rhythm Heaven is a rhythm video game for the Nintendo DS portable gaming console. It is also known as Rhythm Paradise and Rhythm Tengoku in Europe and Japan.
Published by Nintendo, the game was released on 5th of April 2009 in America and on 1st of May 2009 in Europe.
Rhythm Heaven is one of the weirdest additions to the rhythm games genre. Nowadays when someone speaks of music and rhythm games, the first thing that comes in mind is “Guitar Hero”, but Guitar Hero is not the only title in the world that deserves some praise.
Rhythm Heaven consist of over thirty two challenges (twenty four unique mini game challenges), six un-lockable fast-paced “Endless Games”, and six more un-lockable “Rhythm Toys”, plus many more bonus items and un-lockable features, which are extremely challenging and fun.
The challenges are arranged in ten different categories, each of which consists of its own four original mini game challenges and a fifth final challenge called “remix”, which combines the previous four stages into a final unique challenge with different visuals and music. Every single challenge has its own unique title. For example the first category of challenges are titled “Build to Scale”, “Glee Club”, “Fill bots” and “Fan Club”. After the sixth category of challenges, the game has second versions with higher difficulty level of the earlier ones.
The objective of Rhythm Heaven is pretty obvious. Since it is a rhythm game, you have to follow the rhythm of the music in every stage, and do not get off beat. Rhythm Heaven has three different touch screen commands – Hold, Tap and Flick. Execute each any of them to make a beat or a tune that will match the rhythm of the background music, the results of which can be “miss”, “half-miss (half-correct)” or “correct”.
When entering the main menu, the player has the chance to randomly receive a challenge to perfect a Stage without making a mistake, which will unlock a bonus item, but if the player fails, the opportunity is lost until the next random challenge. At the end of each challenge, the player is rated depending on how he follows the rhythm. The final rate can be “Superb”, which wins the player a Golden Medal, “OK”, “Just OK” and “Try Again” which fails the player. At the end of every challenge, after the player returns to the main menu, the “Flow” level indicates his last performance.
If you are the kind of gaming person that concentrates on the graphics, you will reject this game the moment you see it, but the truth is that Rhythm Heaven is one of the most challenging rhythm games I have ever played in my life. Despite the “charming” graphics, the game can offer exciting challenges with amazing visuals, but if you are a “musically challenged” person and can’t keep on the beat, you are going to have a hard time even on the first stage. Good thing there is a tutorial before every stage that explains in detail what to do, and how to do it. The variety of challenging stages, outstanding music and fun un-lockable items will not get you bored. I played for four hours when I got it for the first time.