Feb 24 2012

Review: Rhythm Heaven Fever

Rhythm Heaven Fever promises to help keep Wii owners occupied in the long journey to the next console but does it hold up or should Wii owners wait for better options?

Rhythm Heaven Fever
Developer: Nintendo SPD Group No. 1 TNX
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Released: February 13, 2012
MSRP: $29.99

The first thing most people will notice about Rhythm Heaven Fever is that at its core its simple game based on a simple concept. The majority of the game is played by pressing the A and B buttons in tune with the games Rhythm on the Wii remote.  There is no motion controls in the game whatsoever and it doesn’t lose anything in the absence of them. This is not as complex as Guitar Hero or Rock Band but it doesn’t need to be. That is not to say that the game is easy though as it is constantly challenging you with more complex rhythmic beats as well as sometimes distracting you with the games visual style. Once I started playing the game though I had a hard time putting it down even when I was constantly failing on some of the later levels.

The basic structure of the game is set up into 10 tiers of levels that are all rhythm based.  Some levels have visual cues as well as audio cues to keep you in the beat of the game but the levels themselves range from simple to exceedingly difficult.  The remixes are especially challenging as they mash up a bunch of different levels all into one challenge. Aside from the main games there are also classic Rhythm Tengoku games you can unlock by getting medals for performing exceptionally well and two-player versions of many of the main levels for those that wish to play with a friend.  For completionists there is also challenges which will pop up as you play asking you to perform an level perfectly in order to unlock extras like back-story’s to the mini-games as well as music for the games Cafe. Last but not least are the endless challenges which work like simple arcade games that can get quite competitive between two people striving for high scores.

The presentation of the game is also one of its strong points. The game does not have anything in the ways of complex or realistic graphics but what it does have is a pleasing cartoon like art style that can be funny, cute and even silly at times. Levels put you in a multitude of situations from cave men playing volley ball to a wandering samurai battling demons in a steam punk future city. The music of the game is also incredibly catchy and it was hard for me not to begin dancing at times. The whole experience is just hard not to like as it’s just as fun to watch as it is to play.

In the end of the day Rhythm Heaven Fever isn’t the type of game for for everyone but it does what it sets out to do extremely well.  That coupled with its budget pricing makes it a very attractive purchase for fans of Rhythm and Social party games. The average person can probably be done with the game in about 5 hours but completionists will have a lot to do what with earning medals and unlocking extras. If you are a fan of rhythm games you should really consider picking this one up.

Score: 8/10

About the author


Jason has had a passion for video games ever since he first laid his hands on an NES. He is an enthusiast of gaming and a major tech nerd.