The world is filled with so many FPS games, fighting games, sports titles, and action/adventure titles. Then, we have games we call casual. This is one of those games. Rhythm Heaven Fever is a fun and addicting game of having to keep beats in time with actions performed by random characters.
From birds to interviews with wrestlers, this game takes tempo and timing to a whole new level. The game starts off simple, and gives you on-screen training before actually attempting to perform the required actions to move on. The game also tests your timing beforehand to let you get a feel for how well you can keep a beat and how accurate your timing is. The game is broken up into several mini-games ranging from golfing, to tambourine playing and even strange beings on a rocket, which even the game admits is hard to explain.
Graphics: 4.5 – The game showcases some very nice and colorful graphics, but nothing major. The graphics do a very good job at representing sprites and vibrant with colors and smooth animation. When you get further along, the characters dress up in the remixes that appear at the end of four mini-games per section, with remixes being a fifth game. Again, vibrant and colorful graphics do the game justice, but they’re very simple by today’s standards. Still, they do the job and are very smooth.
Sound: 5 – This game is all ABOUT rhythm and sounds, so this has to be absolutely perfect. The game does a very good job on keeping the tempo and beats without slowing down. The music is very catchy and you might find yourself singing some of the songs on the remixes. They’re even kind enough to provide the artist and song names for the ones with spoken lyrics, such as Karate Joe, Remix 3, and a few of the other remixes.
Controls: 4.5 – The controls are very simple, only using the Wii remote and nothing else. You press A for most of the games, but may be asked to also press A and B together to perform an action. You may also be told to hold down A and B for a few seconds and release at the right time. The controls are very responsive, but what drops its score is that, on occasion, you’d swear you timed it and the game didn’t count it like it should have. Sometimes, that split-second can mess up a perfect run, but there’s not much that can be done about it. Again, simple controls for a simple game.
Gameplay/replay value/overall: 4.5 – What can be said about a game like this? It’s a collection of mini-games with two-player challenges mixed in. The fact that this game has a multiplayer mode is enough to warrant a purchase. It also comes with some endless games, extra games, and a playable version of the credits screen. To top it off, even if you finish this game, you may not be done if you didn’t get superb. To unlock some of the endless and extra games, you MUST collect medals by performing superb and collecting medals. On top of that, a challenge will randomly appear, granting you a chance to attempt to complete a single mini-game perfectly to earn the perfect medal and unlock stories and music.
Overall, this is a game for just about anyone who enjoys a good rhythm here and there. The mini-games are imaginative and fresh and the gameplay is rock solid. It may remind you of the Wario Ware games, but more consistent with rhythm and keeping a beat than just randomly doing a certain action. This is a title no family should be without and is great for children to learn how to keep a beat to a song and have fun.