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Genre: Music & Dancing / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2009-05-01 / Published by Nintendo

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      05.02.2010 11:32
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      Addictive

      I purchased this game purely for the tv advert with Beyonce in it. The title of the game gave me an idea what I would be getting into. I was a little sceptical at first however when I started to play it with my friend, we couldnt help getting addicted. This game is very playable, challenging and catchy.

      Basically the game is about getting the right beat at the right time, as each as this may sound it is certainly not! The game itself is filled with mini games, however you do have to unlock them as you go along which is the fun part of it. Every mini game is a completely different scenario, very well put together that nothing is repeititive at all.

      It is definately one of those games that will irritate you if you dont pass so you'll keep at it just to get on to the next mini game. The characters in game as very likeable. Nothing about this game is cheesy and anyone can play it, doesnt matter what age you are, you will still have really good fun with it. If you are unsure about actually buying the game check out some of the videos on youtube showing the actual gameplay of the game.

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      22.01.2010 18:40
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      Every DS owner should own this game for it's uniqueness!

      As an avid gamer and musician I decided to pick this game up and see what all the fuss was about. I was a bit unsure as to whether this game would keep me interested for more than a couple of hours, but what I found was a nice little addictive game that I couldn't put down.

      As the title suggests, Rhythm Paradise (also known as Rhythm Heaven) is a game primarily based around beats and timing. However, you don't have to be good at music at all to enjoy what this game has to offer! The game begins with a large menu screen, detailing lots of minigames. At first only one is available to play, but as you play them more unlock. The variety in the game is outstanding, and each game feels fresh and intuitive as they all have quirky and unique graphical styles, which keeps you hooked until the very end.

      The very first game has you simply tapping the screen in time with the beat in order to assemble things, which is a simple game to get you into it. Some of the games afterwards though become quite challenging, meaning you'll have to really keep up your rhythm if you want to get perfect scores. The game does offer a skip function if you ever get really stuck, so you never feel like you can't progress.

      Some of the games literally had me laughing. The characters that appear in some of the minigames are very likeable and well designed, which actually made me want to play the game again just to see them. One game has you tapping the screen to sing in time with members of a "Glee" club. The faces they pull if you go out of time are actually hilarious.

      Rhythm Paradise is a game about rhythm, so the music and sound effects in it are as good as you would expect. The tunes and vocals will have you tapping your feet as well as your touch screen.

      In terms of replayability, the game has a lot to offer. Some minigames can be replayed at certain times to unlock "perfect" medals, which can be spent on fun little in-game toys.

      This really is one of the games that should be a staple of every DS user's collection. It takes ages to fully complete, and is great fun; if only you play it for five minutes, or in hour long sessions. It truly is a Rhythm Paradise!

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      14.01.2010 14:07
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      Addictive music fun for the ds

      Thisu is by far the most entrertaining game on the ds however nobody buys it. It's an underdog which is a brilliant game, sold amazingly in the East and not so well over hrer. however the game is rhythm based with some silly ideas for lots of tapping on your ds screen and the odd flick here and there.

      The gameplay is addictive, when playing the game all you have to do is keep in time with the music and the actions on screen. For example you have to tap the screen to clap the monkeys hands, and then slide the pen up the screen to make them jump. Meanwhile there is a song and at certain points in the song you much clap your hands. Like when she says the word love, and different number of clap etc.

      so basically the game is made up of lots of mini games where you must keep in time with the rhythem and flow of the music witha couple of different actions.

      It is so simple to play and the animations and ideas are crazy, which make it even more fun. There are loads of games, and some that are incredibly hard to do. the game defiantely will entertain kids of all ages, even those young, and those older will love this game. I reccomend you go out and get this as it will not disappoint.

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      14.01.2010 13:57
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      The Rhythm Paradise Of Frustration.

      I was bought Rhythm Paradise on the Nintendo DS on release date which was May 1st 2009 in the UK by my other half. My first thoughts on this game was that the front cover was incredibly boring but also I do not have one Rhythm bone in my whole body, So why would I want to play a game about it?

      As the title suggests the game is based on rhythm and more specifically music and rhythm together and then the gamer plays along with quick mini games. It is a joy to just go with the flow of the game and the joy but also the frustration of keeping up with the rhythm.

      You control the game by using your stylus and learning a few techniques (such as flicking your stylus across your DS screen, also tapping the screen) that keeps the game going in a quick pace. The whole game is a complete oddity - The frustration in that the game sometimes does not keep up with the actions that you are creating on screen, but what makes it more fun is the actual music, it is upbeat and makes the gamer happy and used to hearing the rhythm in the music.

      Every mini-game is completely different design but effectively you are doing the same thing over and over again with a different rhythm to master. Mini games include keeping your stick figure quite and then letting him sign to the rhythm of the rest of the band and also copying another singing stone by tapping the screen (much like a drummer).

      The down side of this game which I have mentioned before is that it is increasingly frustrating and just plain hard. I have often shut down my DS or passed it to my other half to complete the game jut in fear of throwing my DS against a wall because I simply just cannot do it no matter how many times I try. Also at the end of a few mini-games you get a complete game of all the mini-games you have just completed - but all of a sudden you cannot keep up and they have seemed to make it more tricky and the usual 'Try a little harder' Makes you scream every time you do not complete it and have to try it again before you move on.
      Rhythm Paradise is simply a fun (but infuriating) game. It is very simple to gain the concept but you need to work on it to master it. The music is very catchy and the beats stay in your head well after you have stopped playing the game.

      This game is really well designed and has been a complete pleasure to play even though my other half has completed a third for me!

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        11.01.2010 19:46
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        Good, clean fun.

        This follows a typical game format, with 45 minigames, subdivided into
        3 levels with 5 in each row. A measure of success in one game will
        open up the next mini game to you (unless you try a lot of times and then speak to the barrista, he takes pity on you and will let you skip that level). This game is quite entertaining and will help to improve your rhythm.

        It is really easy to work your way through the first level (my brother did it in one day). The following levels are much harder. Sometimes you find that there is a very easy mini game, randomly placed in a higher level.

        The barrista will let you know when there are opportunities to get get a perfect in a mini game coming up). When you get one, outside of the main games, you will find that you are offered a prize (eg. a song when you get a perfect in Glee Club).

        This is a great game but it may get a bit boring after awhile.

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          28.12.2009 01:25

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          Simple yet entertaining

          This game I think it quite underrated !

          The game consist on little mini game in which you have to tap flick or use the touch screen in some way in 'time' with the music or sounds. This description doesn't really make it seem as good as it actually is.

          The first game you have to flick a long tube shaped object through a donut shaped object in time with the music. It is really additive and once you get the hang of it you keep playing because you want to get 100%
          Some of the game are quite funny and entertaining the in animation for example the statues making funny noises and seagulls pooing on them if you miss a beat... ( trust me its better playing than describing lol)
          The only drawback I would say is after a while it can seem a bit repetitive, but Ive never personally felt like this and most of the time ive given up playing out of frustration of trying to get 100% on a mini section and getting one part wrong every time...
          I don't think you have to be musically inclined to enjoy this game either, its just a bit of fun and most people I would assume have enough 'rhythm' to play it competently. I would definitely recommend this as a fun family game for everyone that's is unique to the DS because it utilises the touch screen ad stylus

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          16.10.2009 16:05
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          Rhythm Paradise offers endless fun gameplay for all the family.

          I purchased Rhythm Paradise (also known as Rhythm Heaven) for the Nintendo DS after seeing the advert with Beyonce playing it and thought it looked like the kind of game that I would enjoy.

          Nintendo have a clever advertising campaign for the Nintendo DS that feature celebrities such as Ronan Keating, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Ant & Dec, Girls Aloud and even the Redknapp's for the Nintendo Wii. I think this in itself makes it appealing to future customers.

          ~ The Packaging ~

          The artwork on the box does not really tell you much about the game and probably would not stand out on a shelf against other DS games. The graphics are quite basic but the colours are bright and inviting. It states that it is for ages 3+ but I would imagine that this would be a little difficult for young children to play.

          ~ The Game ~

          The main character of the game is a little stick man who features throughout.

          The game features around 50 little mini games that each have their own different rhythms with fun repetitive music that will have you humming along. You play with the DS held on it's side like a book and the game makes use of the touch screen and the DS stylus.

          Each game starts with a warm up session that teaches you how to play the game. All you have to do is tap the stylus to the touch screen and occasionally requires you to slidie and flick the stylus along with the beat of the music.

          After each set of mini games there is an overall game that incorporates the previous games which can be quite difficult as there is no practice but is very entertaining.

          If you fail to complete a game after three tries you are able to skip it and carry on with the next game. If this was not available you would get fed up with the game very quickly.

          My favourite game is where you have to flip the dumplings from the man's hand into his mouth and will have you in fits of laughter!

          ~ My Opinion ~

          Overall this is a superb game for the DS and is good training for hand eye co-ordination. The gameplay is endless as you can always go back and try to get a better score on the first games. This game is definately worth the price tag that Amazon are selling it for - a little under £15.

          5 out of 5 for this super addictive game.

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          15.10.2009 10:09
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          An addictive rhythm game which is a must for every adorer of rhythm games!

          Rhythm paradise is an rhythm based game which has MANY OBJECTIVES, but the main one is to feel the beat and the music or else you will end up hating the title. You have to use your stylus to hit the correct beat at the correct time in the correct rhythm.

          There are three controls in the game - Tap, Tap and hold and Flick (slide the stylus fast across the screen).

          When you first start the game you will have to enter your details and register a profile which can save your progress automatically.
          Every time you insert you start the game from scratch or restart it, you have to flick the screen in order to begin, and you have to flick it fast enough or else the funny character will tell you it is not fast enough, which may get annoying to some people (not me). I personally love everything about this game!

          so why do you think the game has many objectives - because it has so many great different interactive mini rhythm game. What i expected is one game, that you have to master, but it is not like that.
          They are several mini-games which offer different game play and different tutorials for each one, and that is the main thing that makes the game so surprisingly addictive.

          When you get to the challenges selection menu, you have three choices - either select the first and only unlocked challenged called (built to scale), or go to the "cafeteria" where you can talk to the "barista" and read unlocked books, or either go to a menu where you can unlock more interactive challenges, never ending games , and rhythm toys ( the rhythm toys are extremely fun ).

          The main screen consists of three rows with four music challenges and one "remix" . Each remix challenge mixes the passed four mini-games into one big "challenge" to test your rhythm.

          Some of the challenges are more simple than other which are really complicated. Some consists of just tapping and holding, or just holding and releasing plus flicking (Glee Club), some other focus on the flicking more and other focus more on tapping ( Fillbots ).

          One of the nicest things about this title is the variety between the different challenges.

          The learning is really quick. When you start a challenge the first thing you are going to see is a tutorial which explains how to control the objects on the screen with tapping/flicking and hit the beats. The further you get in the game, the harder the challenges become. Some of them are really hard to master, and to master is a good thing because you get medals. But you have to practice really hard and feel the music because you will find yourself stuck on the first challenge.

          When you collect enough medals you can unlock a rhythm game or an endless game which are really entertaining. Also the game can challenge you random when you finish one mini-game or another with challenging to "perfect" a mini-game and you will unlock an award. Perfect means you have to complete a rhythm challenge without a single mistake.

          This game did not get boring to me after one month of playing and still is not - i still have to unlock awards and rhythm games. I just love 'em !
          After i completed all the three rows of mini games, another three rows appeared below them, and after i completed those too, you kind of finish the game, but you unlock four more rows on each corner, with the same challenges as the ones you've played until the end, but more harder. Its like (hard mode). You also unlock another mini-game called "airborder" which is the cut-scene with the credits.

          The price of the game is not so expensive, and is affordable.

          Overall this game is an addictive piece of mastery, where when i got my hands on it for the first time, i could not let it go for three hours. It has a variety of many fun different challenges and on top of that, more mini-games and unlockable awards. This game is a MUST for rhythm and music game lovers!

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          04.10.2009 19:57
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          Frustrating yet very addictive!

          I bought this game after seeing it advertised on tv. A hilarious laugh for someone like me who has no sense of rhythm!!! The game consists of a series of challenges that will see you flicking and tapping your stylus to the rhythm on the tunes. Before each challenge you will complete a quick tutorial which will give you an understanding of what you have to do to complete the challenge. Once rated on your performance you may be able to progress to the next challenge. After four challenges you will complete a challenge which consists of snippets of the skills you have already learned in the previous four challenges. Once completed a new set of challenges will become unlocked.

          At first i thought this game was quite easy but as i progressed found it harder and harder to complete, at one point threatning to throw my DS out a window but yet not being able to actually turn it off or put it down.
          Highly frustrating yet addictive!

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          19.08.2009 15:18

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          Addictive game that keeps you to the beat

          Rhythm Paradise was a surprising little game for the DS. I, like many others brought the game based on the adverts with the asumption that it would last about 5 mins before I grew bored of it and trading in my local gaming store.
          How very wrong was I?
          This game, although simple is packed - and I mean packed with lots of little rhythm games to get you tapping along. Admittidly there are times that I wanted to throw the thing out of sheer frustration, however through perceverance I managed to complete the tasks at hand. I have also found that getting a simple ' OK' is not enough- I also want to perfect my score so I find I am replaying all of the levels again just to suceed.

          FAVOURITE PART:
          The cute musical songs that accompany the games - especally 'Do Re Mi'

          LEAST FAVOURITE:
          The agony of defeat when you realise you have failed

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          13.08.2009 16:11
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          A fun, addictive game that will have you annoying others for ages tap tap tapping away!!

          I cannot put this game down it is so addictive! Totally unlike any game I've ever played either. I am not really one for fighting or war games - I much prefer puzzles and things like this. I have to say though, you need to have a sense of rhythm to play this game as it involves being completely in time with the beat and the music. If you have no rhythm whatsoever you wont get very far in this game!

          There are lots of mini games when you start this, and the idea is that you just tap the DS stylus in time to the beat. You get a practice/training screen to tell you how to play that individual game, then you go in and play it for real. It could be copying what someone on the screen is doing, tapping in time with the beat, flicking you stylus across the touch screen to make a different sound, responding to a rhythm someone else is playing, playing on a backbeat (which is HARD!), although the first few games are very easy - but that's just warming up! Some of the games include dancing with frogs, playing rock guitar, banging an Indian drum, swans pecking their beaks and many more!!

          You cannot progress to the next game until you have got a 'Just OK' rating. If you get Try Again you must try again! However if you fail the game a good few times you can skip that particular game and move on to the next. If you get a 'Superb' you will get a medal - you can collect these medals to unlock mini games. One you've completed one column of games you get to play a 'Remix' which is a mix of all the games in that column. These can be very hard and need a few tries, especially after the first few remixes as you have to remember all the different rhythms and instructions from the previous games! Highly addictive though!

          The game's graphics are nice and bright and colourful, although not the best I've ever seen, and some of the characters are hilarious. The game is at quite a good price too, about £20 last time I saw so it's quite a bargain. And once you've done all the game you can always go back and try to get superbs on every single one (on a couple that takes some doing I'll tell you!). All in all a highly addictive and fun game and definitely worth the money!

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            04.08.2009 02:14
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            Bright, cute and highly addictive!

            This is definitely the most annoying yet most addictive game i've yet to play on the DS. When I first started playing, I thought that this would be fairly easy. Just tap in time to the beat, right? How wrong I was... After hours of doing the same remix only to be told to 'try harder', I was certainly eating my words. However, the cutesy characters and catchy tunes just compel you to play on. You can't feel like a failure by not being able to master the singing of the Moai Doo-Wop or dance better than a group of frogs...

            The fact that it is basically a series of mini games makes it fun to play whenever, and easy to dip in and out of. I planned to play it alongside other DS games, as there was no storyline to keep up with, however I ended up playing it for hours on end, determined to get to the end of whatever level I was on.

            This is a fun, cute and highly addictive game. Yet for someone who thought they had fairly good rhythm, i'd hate to see how frustrated someone tone deaf would get! On the whole though, an enjoyable game that I can see everyone enjoying.

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            30.06.2009 11:57
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            a really good innovative and funny game!

            Rhythm Paradise or Rhythm Heaven is a DS game which is what the title says it is. It is a game which uses rhythm and tests you on yours!

            ~~~BOX ART~~~
            It has a very simple box art, with the title in bold, and a small cute white character in the bottom. it doesn't tell you much at all, and i think that could deter people from buying. Personally, the box art was not what got me into the game, but what the game was in itself.

            ~~~LAYOUT/MENUS~~~
            The game was incredibly quick to load, it doesn't have many of the company logos flashing for ages before we can actually play the game, which is a great plus. It is extremely easy to get into.

            A slight annoyance is that everytime before you can select you profile, there is a round button u have to flick (WHY!?) and if you don't flick hard enough it bounces back and you have to do it again. It has three profiles, and each one easily highlighted, and once you selected your profile, you're in!

            ~~~GAME CONTENT AND VARIETY~~~
            The game is filled with mini-games, and you can probably sum it up as that: A compilation of mini games. However, these aren't just any minigames. It's not like Rayman Raving Rabbids, where gameplay is extremely free, and if you don't play, you don't care. Rhythm Paradise is extremely addictive!

            Each column on your screen is a "series" of 4 games, the 5th of which is a remix to test your skills after each series. After finishing all three series, i thought the game was over, but you move on to another page! And once i completed that page, 4 more columns were generated to either side! There pleasant surpises make you keep coming back.

            So what do these minigames contain? Some are rather simple, just tap along to the rhythm, respond to a rhythm, following a rhythm, being in sync with a rhythm and so on. All these different "tests" and each minigame is represented with immensely cute characters, and you seriously cannot help but laugh at the execution, it is adorable and hilarious to play!

            After each minigame which lasts around 2-3 mins each, you get a rating: Try Again, Just OK, OK and Superb. Just OK and onwards allows you to move on to the next minigame and progress, whilst try again will leave you scratching and taping at your screen until you can pass! But fear not, not everyone CAN pass a certain level (like me with Fillbots- HATE THAT ONE!) and you can skip through after around 3 failed attempts.

            What's nice is that there is also some variety. Although many focus on Japanese culture (which is nice), you get a range of different activities whether its pounding on a haiku drum, synchronised frog dancing, or being a hip DJ, rhythm is everything, and whilst the controls are mainly the same (flick and tap) it doesn't feel too repetitive.

            ~~~GRAPHICS~~~
            The graphics are pretty much the same as any other DS game, but it is in 2D. It does not need to rely on graphics, as the game is so addictive and fun. The concept is what sells the game.

            All the minigames are bright and colourful, and extremely animated and just really funny. It is not high spec, it does not need to be. I did not at all question the graphics, and nearly missed this section out in the review! So it is nothing that will be too obvious a hinderance.

            ~~~LEARNING CURVE/ DIFFICULTY~~~
            The minigames do get harder as you progress, or it should do, but I did find that there was one really difficult one in the first "series" (Fill Bots) and some rather easy ones later on (Frog dance one)...

            The good thing is, before each minigame, you can practise as they teach you step by step what to do, and only move on when you've perfected the move required. I found the slightly annoying, as i just COULDN'T DO one move and it did not allow me to move on, but luckily the SKIP button allowed this. Whilst I did not pass the practice mode, the real thing was rather easy and manageable due to the prescence of the music. The skip mode is also great if you've already practised and just want to get straight into it!

            Like they always say, Practise makes perfect!

            ~~~ENJOYMENT AND APPEAL~~~
            It is an extremely enjoyable game, and full of laughs. Whilst it does not test your rhythm entirely, or give you a Rhythm Age or anything, it does give you hours of fun, and its very casual and not serious.

            ~~~OTHER GAMEPLAY INFO~~~

            After reaching Superb on any given minigame, every so often a challenge will pop up asking you to attempt to perfect that level. If you succeed, you will unlock something e.g. the song for that level, and a golden frame will appear on that level. My aim is to perfect everything but this will prove difficult!

            There is also a guitar lessons function, which i haven't been able to access yet as I lack one medal! Argh! They also have a cafe area where you can practice flicks, listen to songs, read and so on. It is nice but rather uncessary in my opinion, and i have not benefited from it as of yet.

            ~~~MULTIPLAYER CAPABILITIES~~~
            One thing that IS apparant is the lack of multiplayer functions. Apart from the three profiles at the start where multiple players can register on, there is little/no wifi or wireless play that I'm aware of. This is a shame, as it would be nice to be able to compete with others over wireless...

            ~~~PRICE~~~
            It is currently available for around £20 online, and maybe £30 in store, which is acceptable for a game like this which is fun and has lots of replay value!

            ~~~OVERALL~~~
            I really enjoy the game and the concept is very good. The execution is really good as well with the cute and hilarious animations and graphics. It has a range of easy to difficult minigames to suit everyone, and the music is also ranged, so anyone can play this game! I love the open game play, you can just pick it up and play. I would certainly recommend for casual gamers, and those who like music and rhythm games, or even just a good laugh!

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            In Rhythm Heaven, you'll use your stylus to capture the beat of the music in a variety of mini games. Turn your DS system sideways to hold it like a book, and tap, slide or flick the stylus in time with the rhythm. The game's catchy tunes and charming characters make Rhythm Heaven a blast to play, and the array of rhythm games will test your musical abilities in a variety of ways as you do all you can to show that you've got the beat.