“Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy” Video Game ReviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | email@example.com
This handheld music rhythm game lets players “play back awakened memories” though it’s not exclusive to Final Fantasy fans. Yes, these fans will understand more references and get a deeper experience, but any age gamer can enjoy this deep, highly replayable experience — an exclusive and essential Nintendo 3DS experience.
“Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy” is the first music rhythm game in the history of the world-famous franchise and was developed by rhythm game veteran indieszero. The music covers from “Final Fantasy I” game to “Final Fantasy XIII.”
Players get three game modes (battle, field and event), strong sound and several unlockables in an easy pick-up-and-play format. No online play, but StreetPass options, downloadable music content and local co-operative play for two to four players help expand the experience.
More than 70 musical scores featuring Nobuo Uematsu’s musical composition permeate the gameplay while developers add many familiar role-playing game elements including character progression, party building, skill assignments, leveling up (occurs quickly) and restoring the music crystal. The characters all have the same solid circle eye style due to the smaller handheld graphics; characters are instead defined by their hairstyle and colors. They battle villains while completing swipes, taps, and holds in collaboration with the musical scores.
The amazingly sharp background visuals on the top screen during music sequences are so fun to watch they can even distract players from completing tasks on the bottom touch screen. A great tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy game series and essential addition to the Nintendo 3DS game library.
***1/2, rated E10+ for fantasy violence, mild blood, mild language, suggestive themes and tobacoo use.