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Though rhythm games are incredibly popular, they vary from title to title. In the western world, it’s easy not to look past the twin titans of ‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rock Band’ and given that they’re great franchises, that’s perfectly understandable. Sometimes however, you want something a little different.
Luckily for you, I’ve friends in high places and they’ve given me a list. With these games under your belt, you’ll always have something to tap to, whether it’s on your console, pc or phone. Be warned though, when you’re looking for a game like ‘Guitar Hero’ some of the choices can get a little bit… crazy.
If you ever wanted to smash out some tunes with a more sci-fi edge, then ‘Amplitude’ is the game for you. Players take control of space ships that shoot notes to play a song. Yep. Switching lanes is part of the crazy fun, but you should probably work together if you don’t want Led Zeppelin sounding like a nursery music lesson.
This game became so much of an indie hit that Sony resurrected the game in a 2014 reboot for PS4, so you don’t have to dust off the PS2 again even if you’re blinded by nostalgia.
You’ll notice as this list goes on that we’ll move further and further away from the ‘Guitar Hero’ stereotypes. ‘Piano Tiles’, otherwise known as ‘Don’t Tap the White Tile’, is a game that is as simple as it is challenging. A medley of interlocking piano melodies will serenade your desperate attempts to tap those tricksy tiles, culminating inevitably in a fumbling, sweaty palmed mess as you attempt to go for your high score.
If you get bored, you can even try some different game modes, adding speed changes, special rules, and even changing tile sizes to the frenzy.
Asian rhythm games scare the hell out of me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone play one that isn’t incredibly good at it, their nimble fingers effortlessly darting across the screen like some music robot.
Maybe I’m being slightly overdramatic, but this game gets difficult fast. The beauty of the rhythm genre is that it has endless potential for more music to be implemented. ‘Cytus’ just means you get to truly test your reactions and memory whilst listening to the music you love.
After the insane pressure a game like ‘Cytus’ puts on you, I thought I’d include a game that takes a little bit of a step back in the rhythm department. However, what it loses in timed tappery, it gains in relaxation potential.
Sweeping up shapes like a musical janitor, you’ll be charmed by the beautiful melodies as you forget the fact that you’ll never be able to beat your high score in any of the other games on this list.
Sometimes no matter how diverse rhythm games get, they tend to have the same feel. What if you could combine the head nodding, foot tapping motion of a music game with the excitement and charm of a roguelike, dungeon crawling arcade title?
You’d get a masterpiece, that’s for sure.
It took me a while to get to this game. I’m a person who has to be in specific moods to play specific genres, and I couldn’t work out what the hell ‘Crypt of the NecroDancer’ was. I was apparently missing out. Combining the dungeon-crawling, item hording experience of ‘The Binding of Isaac’ with rhythm-based movement and musical gameplay, this title is a mad genius’ best work.
Plus, the shopkeeper sings with the music. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything that quite compares to the amazing soundtrack of this game, so beautifully implemented in the gameplay.
Trying to find the right music game for you can be maddening at times, especially with the limitations of specific platforms ruining the experience. However, if you look hard enough, and with the help of this list, I’m sure you’ll find that perfect jam session just waiting for you.
Can you think of another game like ‘Guitar Hero’ that I’ve missed?
Be sure to tell me in the comments below!