The lack of bells and whistles might drive some players away, but those who embrace the straight-forward attitude of the game will find a lot to like in Cytus Alpha. It also helps that Cytus Alpha is a music title that plays great in the Nintendo Switch's tablet mode, so the game is a good recommendation for players of the system who want some quality music gaming on the go.
Musynx shamelessly copies the formula of hitting falling notes to create a song as you go, but that's hardly a bad thing, even if it lacks innovation and the style of its predecessors. What it lacks in creativity, it makes up for with the breadth and depth of a massive, unprecedentedly varied soundtrack.
The Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection tops off an already impressive 2018 for rhythm gaming. Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight both dance to their own beat, making them a unique experience that should satisfy fans of the Persona series and rhythm game players alike.
Pianista is the music game equivalent of attending the opera. It may not be the most comfortable or novel environment, but if the content has been engrossing and inspiring people for centuries, then it must be doing something right.
Taiko no Tatsujin on the Nintendo Switch will likely find itself in consumer limbo in North America - the lack of a way to purchase the TataCon locally will likely drive away some dedicated players, and the $50 price tag might drive away new players. That's unfortunate because the overall Drum 'n' Fun package is very enjoyable if you can accept a few minor setbacks. Drum 'n' Fun might not match the arcade version pound for pound, but it's a faithful version picked ripe from Japan and has a lot to offer to rhythm game fans on the Switch.
Just Dance is a very creative game, and a lot of fun, but to get the most out of it, you'll need to open your wallet for the Unlimited Experience, and put in a lot of practice. If you can put in the patience and the money, Just Dance has the style to make it worth your while.
The game doesn't hold the player's hand through every step of the way, yet, still many of the mechanics are generous to the point where a very wide range of players will find Wandersong accessible and fun. This is a great game that was hard for me to put down and shouldn't have troubles finding a dedicated playerbase.
Groove Coaster is a lot of fun, but the Steam version's song list lacks the massive variety and replay value seen in the arcade or even the mobile versions. The core game is still an enjoyable experience, but until all the DLC is out, enjoying Groove Coaster to the fullest could be a very costly endeavor.
RUNNER3 is a remarkable aspiration. The game wants to be fluid, colorful, charming, and accessible, but fails to achieve these goals. RUNNER3’s gameplay is a true test of patience and persistence. For those who can bear it, the game is rewarding, but for those looking for a fun romp, they might want to look elsewhere.
Eat Beat Dead Spike San is an average mobile game of average value that lacks the genre variety and polish of similar games on the eShop. BlazBlue fans may appreciate the game more than average and hardcore players. A few hours of Eat Beat Dead Spike-san is more than enough to fill the stomach full of rock candy.
DJ MAX Respect is nothing short of bliss for series fans old and new. A gorgeous interface, a massive selection of classic tracks with inspired new music, and enough content to keep players busy for untold hours. Apart from minor graphical nitpicks, DJ MAX's Respect biggest flaw is that it could make the PSP versions feel obsolete by comparison.
Invector tries to copy the best, and only manages to be a pale imitator. The only real highlight is the Avicii soundtrack, and even that gets old very, very fast. The end result is more confusing than fun, and neither the gameplay nor the music are strong enough to make it worth enduring at length.