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With plentiful content in a range of energetic music styles, VOEZ astounds and enchants in equal measure to deliver a rhythm game that deserves your attention.
VOEZ on the Nintendo Switch offers up classic rhythm gameplay with a dynamic playfield that livens up the gameplay. The title's mobile origins and the tablet-only restriction on the Switch leads to a few minor setbacks, and the player's mileage will vary on the content outside of the main gameplay. Still, a generous amount of songs is included with multiple difficulties, so there is a lot to come back to in the meat of the game.
Between bouts of Zelda, Voez has become a welcome musical break from Hyrule. The music charts in the game are very well designed leading to frantic, musical fun. Voez is a wonderful option for those desiring some rhythm action on the Switch.
Whilst not a lot happens on-screen during tracks, the presentation is still lovely and vibrant, with colours and panels changing and shifting in time with the great range of music on offer. Although VOEZ doesn't really lend itself well to long periods of play, many of the tracks are short enough that it can be played in quick bursts now and then, perhaps unlocking the generic light-hearted visual novel in the process. Comfort is a point of contention, but the concept is so incredibly simple and appealing that just about anybody will be able to pick up and enjoy tapping away to these beats. A welcome addition to the genre and the Switch library.
With Voez, the choreography of the icons leaves you feeling like you're playing an instrument and are involved in the performance of the music itself, and that is incredibly immersive and engaging. As I said at the start; this is the Nintendo's secret weapon, because this is one very special game, and exclusive to the console (at least, in its microtransactions-free state), and it's absolutely essential.
As music rhythm games go, VOEZ is one of the best I’ve ever played, up there with the likes of Parappa The Rapper, Hatsune Miku Project DIVA X and Gitaroo Man.
VOEZ on the Nintendo Switch is a very fun, hectic and fast-paced rhythm game. I loved the song selection but, as expected, your mileage may vary. The game is certainly easy to play but hard to master, especially if you want to unlock every Diary entry. Unlike its mobile counterpart on iOS and Android, which is an F2P release with microtransactions to permanently unlock songs, the Switch version features a single $24.99 price for the game and all songs, in the end making it a better value. With 100+ songs, you’ll spend hours playing before you’ve enjoyed all of them at least once!
Apart from a few flaws, VOEZ is a solid rhythm game with pretty graphics, well thought out gampelay content and a huge selection of songs. Easily one of the Switch launch's hidden gems, if you like rhythm games.
A surprisingly strong contender in the Nintendo Switch launch library, VOEZ is well worth its modest asking price for rhythm fans who need to scratch that IIDX itch.
Being a rhythm game that makes full use of the Nintendo Switch touchscreen, Voez will push the players into achieving lightning-fast reflections in order to clear all the songs in the fastest tempos. While fans of rhythm and music games will find this enticing, other players will start noticing a feeling of repetitiveness and a certain lack of an ergonomic capacity to accommodate long gaming sessions which may stand in the way of enjoying Voez more thoroughly.
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