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Flyhigh Works' second Switch symphony hits all the same highs as the first; Deemo is a fantastic rhythm game, with an incredible soundtrack, fun mechanics, and a surprisingly touching tale to tell. Its lovely art and piano focus give it a unique feel — without at all restricting its musical horizons — and excellent pacing and difficulty options make it accessible and fun for a wide range of skill levels. Music fans shouldn't miss this — Deemo is a hit.
Deemo is a very gentle game. Its minimalist aesthetic aims to connect with players emotionally rather than intellectually or physically, and the end effect is akin to sitting down at a piano and playing a favourite song; but not for the benefit of an audience, and not as an examination or other test of musical skill.
Deemo: The Last Recital is a solid portable rhythm game with easy to learn but hard to master gameplay mechanics and a ton of content to enjoy. Sure, in essence, this is an enhanced port of a previously mobile-only release, but the transition to the PS Vita has been great for the experience. There's a ton of songs to master, and the available songs are outstanding – and if you complete all of them you have a huge batch of songs up for purchase. If you're a fan of rhythm games, then Deemo: The Last Recital will definitely scratch that itch.
Deemo is an excellent rhythm game, especially recommended to beginners and people who loves to play the piano. Given it's a cheaper game, the quantity of songs in the basic version is good and there's still plenty of DLC for those interested. The Vita version has some exclusive content to justify its price, when compared to the smartphone version.
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Deemo excels in every aspect for a game of its genre. On the surface it may seem like any other rhythm game, however its musical accuracy combined with a stellar and diverse song selection makes it an incredibly captivating experience - it even has an emotional story! The premium package will seem a lot to those not into the genre, but it's an easy recommendation for anyone who is
There are pros to picking up Deemo: The Last Recital on Vita. This single purchase opens you up to tons of what the mobile game has to offer without any need of DLC purchases.
Overall I enjoyed my time with Deemo. The story is heartbreaking, the art is interesting, and the music is outstanding. Personally I'd recommend giving the game a shot on the phone, and if you find yourself hooked, invest. Don't expect much new in the field of rhythm gaming from Deemo, but it's fun and familiar, and a good little time waster. If nothing else, watch the cut scenes if you can and enjoy the story.
If you love rhythm games, ignore the score below and pick it up for yourself because the music selection is outstanding overall and who knows when next we'll get something else like it. But know the game isn't nearly as good as it should be and you may spend far more time than you want repeating the same songs just to advance.