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Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is a Wii rhythm game, that requires the player to respond to a music or other audio cues that are being played, by pressing buttons with appropriate timing.
The visuals are very inviting and the controls seem to be described as very simple - for the most part the game makes use of only the A and B buttons on the Wiimote. Graphics-wise, the game employs a distinctive style of art; I can't quite put my finger on it, but the illustration on the box is fairly reflective of the type of visuals you would expect to see.
The game involves pressing the buttons in rhythm with the music, typically to control a character in performing some task. For example, on the first stage, "Hole in One", you play a golfer. By pressing the A button responding to the cues that some animals give you as they throw a golf ball at him, he swings his golf club to achieve hole-in-ones. Every fifth stage is a special remix stage, which strings together various portions of the stages already played - this culminates in the final remix of the game, where every single stage up to that point is featured in this last stage.
Being a rhythm game, the music is a core part of the game, and it definitely doesn't disappoint. The songs are catchy and it generally isn't hard to follow the beat (with exceptions - a late stage in the game, "Working Dough 2", features odd rhythms and moments of silence throughout).
It should be emphasised that the learning curve is very steep. The aforementioned first stage is easy, but the difficulty quickly picks up. The first Remix can be quite fast for beginners, and a fairly early stage, "Monkey Watch" requires the player to be able to switch between the beat and offbeat fairly smoothly. Also, the timing windows are fairly strict - I enjoy the challenge, having trained up my rhythm skills in playing the piano as well as in marching, but for a player without a strong sense of rhythm the game may prove frustrating.
The grading system is also a little ambiguous. Players are given one of three grades upon completing a stage - Superb, OK and Try Again (in descending order of quality). This is based off several performance indicators which are only qualitatively described to the player (e.g. "The high-speed widgets were shoddy", suggesting repeated failure on a certain type of audio cue) and can be ambiguous at times.
The game does have a feature whereby a Perfect medal can be earned to replace the Superb medal for a song. Once a Superb medal has been obtained, there is a chance that a stage will be selected for a perfect chance. A completely perfect playthrough of the song selected by the system will win the Perfect medal for that stage. Collecting several of these medals does unlock various minigames.
There is a two-player mode as well, including some two-player minigames. It can potentially be quite enjoyable, though the gameplay is unfortunately a bit limited; only 10 of the main stages can be played.
Beat the Beat:Rhythm Paradise is an enjoyable, if challenging rhythm game. The difficulty curve can be a little steep at times, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone. However, if you have a strong sense of rhythm, enjoy rhythm games and/or like a challenge, this is a good game to pick up.