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I love rhythm games. Some of my top games of all time are from the genre. From Gitaroo Man (if I had to pick one favorite game, this would be it) to Ouendan, to Um Jammer Lammy, it is my favorite type of game by a land slide. This edition of the Roulette has quite a bit of them I have missed over the last few years. If you’re a fan of rhythm games, I suggest you pick them all up, they can all be found pretty cheap. Also, I redeem last weeks Meteos switcheroo and play the original article, plus a look at Little Big Planet’s best trailer and the song that accompanied it. Time to place your bets!
Main Bet: Ontamarama
The hell you say? That’s right, Ontamarama. A rhythm game for the DS published by Atlus. Sounds crazy already right? Well, it is. And it’s one of the most challenging rhythm games I have ever played. The game combines screen tapping and button pressing to create a nightmare for people bad at multitasking.
There is a timeline on top of the screen going from right to left. When a colored circle hits the end, you have to press the matching button. Simple enough, but before the circle moves across the screen, you have to fill it up. You achieve this by tapping Ontama (little magical creatures) of the same color. So to fill the red circle, you have to tap the red Ontama that appears. The game mixes things up by adding giant Ontama that require 2 button presses, and black and white ones that lower or raise your performance meter respectively. Quite frankly, it is a lot to keep track of. If things get too hectic, you can blow on the microphone to clear the screen. But you only get to do this 3 times in a song. Lost yet? Just...here.
This game is challenging because of the actual gameplay and the mechanics. The crazy gameplay is made harder because of a few design choices. For hold notes, you have to release the note at the time the note ends or it’s treated as a miss. While understandable, it conflicts with how other rhythm games treat long notes. It’s a hard habit to break. Also, instead of tapping, you can draw a circle around a group of the same colored Ontama to clear them all at once. Problem is, the circle mechanics are a little too precise. You can’t draw too big of a circle, but if you barely graze the edge of an Ontama, it’s not removed. So you have to do another move, which is suicide in a fast song.
Don’t let the trailer fool you, the music isn’t too bad. The song in the trailer is probably the song I hate the most. There are various genres as expected. Some songs have lyrics, most so far don’t. To be quite honest, I’m only halfway through the game at this point. I keep failing a song called Hypnotronic Death. Which is a pretty decent song. My favorite so far has been Clubhouse Gig, which is a horrible name, because the characters you battle to it are named Club and Gig. That aside, it’s pretty cool.
There’s a story about your character who finds a stray Ontama with the best name ever, Myu. There are evil creatures called the Ditties that are trying to capture all of the Ontama for some evil plan, and they possess people and make them fight you. The story has many moments where you meet someone, only for them to attack you. It’s pretty repetitive at the beginning but once you meet the evil group, things pick up. While there are flaws, the gameplay is a nice change of pace from other rhythm games out there.
I remember playing this when I bought it for my brother, and failing miserably. My brother’s mockery made me put off this game. (To be fair, this was the beginning of my brother’s rise to being better than me and my sister at games.) Finally picked it up again because Rhythm Heaven Fever is coming out soon. The stages are great, and the game is jam packed full of charm. Definitely one of those games where you need to play it before you pass judgement on it. It’s just crazy how catchy some of the tunes are, and overall it is just a cheery game. Again, also one that can be found cheap. If you have a DS, pick this up. Even if you are waiting for Fever.
Beat City is a clone of Rhythm Heaven produced by THQ. It has the minigames but makes a story out of it. Mimes invade Beat City and suck the music out of the city. A squidlike creature from space comes and turns your head into a speaker, because mimes are evil. It’s a neat way to tie all of the rhythm games together. The music doesn’t come close to Rhythm Heaven, but if you can lower your expectations a bit, it’s pretty fun. Some of the situations are pretty absurd too. One early game has a gorilla distracting an angry old man while lovers whisper secrets to each other. The games also throw more visual flair into it. With people suddenly sporting cowboy hats and weird outfits for no reason. A lot of fun, but not quite up to par with Rhythm Heaven.
I still hate the driving in this game, but the story is admittedly pretty fun. I love the direction this game has taken, adding the multiple characters and their storylines. As much as I hate the driving, I love doing the side missions to earn credits to buy new cars and garages. I don't think I'll finish this anytime soon. Also, playing this game with music from the original Driver is great.
I decided to pick up the real deal after last weeks Meteos Misery, and all I can say is...wow. After playing Disney Meteos, I forgot how amazing this game was.The match 3 and blast off gameplay is just as good. Even if I got a bit spoiled by the side switching in Disney Meteos. It’s just a better game overall. The sound effects and music are among the best in a Q Games joint, and the amount of unlockables is mindboggling. Easily the second best puzzle game on the DS after Puyo Puyo in my opinion.
- Uncharted 3 Patch 1.04 is live, which means I’ll be playing a lot of that this week. Can’t wait to be Doughnut Cutter.
- I plan to go back to finish Carmen Sandiego, because it must be done. Horrible puns be damned.
- Going to open up Driver and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, streaming fun.
- I am highly tempted to pick up Resident Evil Revelations. And I actually support the Circle Pad, if it makes the game play better, why wouldn’t you use it?
I’ve said many times that Street Fighter X Tekken has some of the best trailers in gaming right now. But the old crown belonged to the original Little Big Planet. Before this game was out, each trailer made me want to play it more and more. A lot of this had to do with the song choice. My favorite trailer being the Sackzilla trailer. It was accompanied with the song Dancing Drums by Ananda Shakur. While this is a licensed track, I can't help but think about LBP every time I hear this song. In the final game this song would be the song for one of the Temple stages, but the song will forever be tied with this trailer. Thanks for reading, see you all next week.