Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n' Fun! Reviews

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n' Fun! is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
GameSpot
Top Critic
7 / 10
Nov 20, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin's solid rhythm gameplay is a good hook, but Drum 'n' Fun's mini-games make the Switch version shine.

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Nov 30, 2018

No matter what way you choose to buy, though, both are great and make for an excellent musical addition to your game collection.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

There's a lot of great songs to play in Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun, even if its staying power is deflated a bit without friends due to the lack of modes. If you can get over that, Taiko's core "two-note" system is tried and true: the beat is strong with this one.

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72 / 100
Nov 10, 2018

A fun music game, which also includes lots of multiplayer minigames (versus and coop), but sadly the basic edition doesn´t include the taiko accesory, and motion sensing with joy-con doesn´t work so good.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin is indeed a recommendable game for the biggest fans of the genre. Furthermore, it has been translated into Spanish and its progression system, including new unlockable songs and minigames, will certainly keep the players with interest for a lot of hours..

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9 / 10
Nov 1, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun is, in all honestly, a near-perfect rhythm game. Every piece of the puzzle that makes up this game is meticulously chosen to create a wonderful experience for newbies and pros alike. Beginners will be instantly engaged by the simple two-button gameplay, while advanced players will be able to test their strength on the insane speed of higher difficulty tracks. No matter which side you fall on, there's enough content here to keep you engaged for a long time.

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7.8 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2018

A fun rhythm game that is funnier when played with the drum, and with friends in its multiplayer mode. If that's not the case, Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun is a bit less stellar.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

The best rhythm game on Nintendo Switch, and one with a surprisingly fun party mode.

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Dave Aubrey
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'N' Fun is aimed at a specific audience, those that feel comfortable smashing away to J-pop and flailing their arms. And it caters to that audience perfectly. With more than 70 songs and dozens of minigames, it's going to keep players tapping and drumming along for hours, and likely humming the songs for hours after playing too.

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Nov 14, 2018

It's a real treat to finally see Taiko no Tatsujin make a splash in the West, with Drum ‘n' Fun delivering a faithful and fun package for arcade purists, while being a title I'd happily recommend to casual Nintendo Switch owners.

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7 / 10
Nov 5, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n' Fun! gives Europeans a long-awaited taste of Japanese drum-fun. You'll want to consider forking out for the taiko peripheral to see the game at its best, but Switch's touchscreen makes this an easier recommendation than it would otherwise be. The motion controls should be avoided with extreme prejudice – they're simply unworkable – and a few odd design decisions, not to mention an excess of loading screens, take the shine off what is a beautifully bold and bouncy game. Fortunately, the Party Game section helps shore things up, offering short bursts of multiplayer fun as a credible stopgap until Rhythm Paradise arrives.

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Spaziogames
Dark Nightmare
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum'n'Fun is a fine rhytm game, graced by a rich tracklist but held back by a lack of game modes and inconsistent motion controls.

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Drew Hurley
Top Critic
7 / 10
Dec 24, 2018

While it's great to finally see a Taiko reach Europe, it has some disappointing aspects, like sub-par motion controls that make you want to rely on standard controls, and a track listing that is decent, but misses many of the memorable Taiko tracks of recent years - some of which ended up on the PS4 version instead. The decision to have two completely different track listings is also baffling. There are already a bunch of songs on the eShop, including a Ghibli pack that is a must-buy. Those negatives aside, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! is still a ton of fun, and a joy for anyone who has played it in Japan. Hopefully, the first of many in the series to get such a release.

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BaziCenter
Arad Taba Tabaei
Top Critic
8 / 10
Nov 30, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! is an entertaining title in the rhythmic genre, and if you are a fan of Japanese songs, you'll probably love it. But if you are not familiar with Japanese songs or you simply don't like them, then this game is not for you, though you may still enjoy the Party Mode.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2018

Polished, fun and incredibly weird at times, Taiko no Tatsujin is nothing short of a blast to play on the Switch. The translation isn't great and the motion controls don't quite work, but everything else here is a pure delight. The core gameplay is simple yet addicting, and the party games make this a title you can enjoy with just about anyone.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable rhythm games available on the Nintendo Switch. It additionally presents a unique multiplayer mixed in with all the exciting rhythmic action offering a substantial amount of replay value. The lack of gameplay modes is a fundamental flaw that hurts its lasting appeal.

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Nov 8, 2018

Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum ‘N' Fun is out now for Nintendo Switch (with an alternate version out for Playstation 4). Do you think you will pick this game up? Do you consider yourself a master of the Taiko drum? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, and check back for more coverage of games like this and other Japanese titles.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

As a package, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! is a formidable one; on your own, you can spend ages playing though all the songs on offer while also unlocking new ones, and with others by your side you can play some of the funniest minigames I’ve had the pleasure of encountering in recent years.

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Ginny W.
Top Critic
Nov 6, 2018

If you’re after a rhythm game that’s heartwarming, bold, and a hell of a lot of fun to play at parties, then you don’t have to look any further than this latest offering.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

It's been far too long since Taiko no Tatsujin saw a release in the west but Drum 'n' Fun! brings back Namco's rhythm series in a fantastic way.

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