Rhythm Heaven

Game review by Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Rhythm game so unforgiving that it's frustrating, not fun.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 8+

CSM's review is very poor. Don't listen to it.

This DS game is nothing short of a masterpiece. 50 back-to-back catchy, colorful, and engaging rhythm games to hone your skills at, alongside a very innovative, simplistic control scheme make it accessible for players of all ages. There's no violence, language, drugs or anything like that, so I'm not sure why it has a high "consumerism" rating on CSM. As for the featured review, I'd like to ask Harold... - Why would the "rhythmically challenged" play a game called Rhythm Heaven? - How is the game "almost a failure" just because you're bad at it? Games are allowed to be hard. (But even then, I wouldn't call a lot of the minigames in RH "hard"!) - You know the rhythm minigames scale up their challenge as you get further into the game, right? That way, there's no need for dedicated difficulty settings. Doesn't seem like you even tried to beat it before posting that it's "unfair" or "overly challenging". (It's not! Whole thing is 100% fair). - And finally, the other characters looking annoyed at you when you miss a beat may be grating, but it encourages you to play better, and I'd argue it adds to the game's charm. All in all, this game is one of the best in the DS' library, but Harold's review of it is one of the worst things I've ever read.

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Easy to play/use
age 10+

It's not "unforgiving;" it's CHALLENGING! And FUN! :D

I love this game so much! It really gets you into keeping in time with music. I think it's even safe to say this can be a "edutainment" game when it comes to music! The animation is unique and colorful, the songs are catchy (oh, BTW, 95% of them are love songs, so keep that in mind), controls are easy once you get the hang of them... thus I believe a measley 1-star rating for this game isn't a good enough rating. 5 stars for fun and kid-friendliness! :D

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 5, 2009
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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