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Rhythm Thief

4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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  • Tap the screen, swipe the stylus, control the gyro to the beat of the music to maneuver Raphael in the variety of rhythm-based challenges
  • Dive into the world of Raphael and get immersed in this colorful adventure with 3D maps and stylish animation that bring the streets of Paris to life.
  • Unearth the clues hidden behind treasures scattered around Paris to unmask the truth about Raphael and the secret of the city
  • Master the beat and take on your friends in a variety of toe-tapping rhythm challenges. Collect fans in Paris on your virtual 3D map through Street Pass

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Product Description

Sega Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure 61105 PC Games

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He's the Robin Hood of modern-day Paris. A thief by trade but a hero at heart, Raphael is a mystery to his Parisian neighbors, who are continuously entranced by his peculiar deeds. Why would anyone steal paintings just to return them a few days later?

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
Rock to the Beat
Rock to the Beat
Multiplayer Mode
Multiplayer Mode
Mysterious Story
Mysterious Story

Synopsis

What hidden past motivates this strange young man? And how does he connect to a broader secret buried beneath the city's sparkling appearance? Get ready to experience Paris like you never have before as you follow the beat toward hidden clues and curious riddles on a rhythmic quest for the truth.

Tap, swipe and move to the music to maneuver through Raphael's mysterious world in Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure. Put your detective skills and your ear for rhythm to the test in order to solve the beat-based riddles that lead to the truth behind the mystery. Unearth clues scattered throughout the treasures of Paris to start piecing the puzzle together, then challenge your friends to even more toe-tapping challenges and build an adoring fan base among the Parisians. Immerse yourself in the streets of Paris as its world-famous landmarks, colorful characters and beautiful scenery burst to life in 3D on this wild, high-tempo adventure.

Key Features:

  • Rock to the Beat - Tap the screen, swipe the stylus, control the gyro to the beat of the music to maneuver Raphael in the variety of rhythm-based challenges.
  • Stroll in Style - Dive into the world of Raphael and get immersed in this colorful adventure with 3D maps and stylish animation that bring the streets of Paris to life.
  • Mysterious Story - Unearth the clues hidden behind treasures scattered around Paris to unmask the truth about Raphael and the secret of the city
  • Take on your friends - Master the beat and take on your friends in a variety of toe-tapping rhythm challenges. Collect fans in Paris on your virtual 3D map through StreetPass.

Product Information

ASIN B005NDIXL2
Release date July 10, 2012
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #23,734 in videogames
#488 in Video Games > Nintendo 3DS > Games
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Product Dimensions 4.8 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
Media: Video Game
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I love this game.
It's like a Visual Novel Mixed with a Rhythm game. A Very good combination.

First, Gameplay:
The gameplay is broken up into two parts. Roaming the city (including "Puzzles"), and Rhythm Challenges.
The roaming style is it's own, but it does take large cues from The Professor Layton series, walking around to different locations, talking to citizens, and solving small puzzles (very few puzzles, and very short as well) every once in a while. Every so often, there is a rhythm challenge that directly relates to what is happening in the story (aside from a few "optional" challenges) and it does have a good balance of exploration and Rhythm.
The rhythm games themselves are all really fun, and have very tight gameplay, with the exception of a few that force you to use unresponsive motion controls, but those are so few, that they didn't even really detract from the experience.

Story:
The story is captivating enough to keep the player interested, but is simple enough to be understood by younger children. The segmentation is well done, and the characters, especially Raphael and Fondue, who are just brimming with personality and charm. There are quite a few twists, and it really is a fun tale to take part in. Again, this is largeley an interactive visual novel (plus rhythm challenges), and it really lends itself to the success of the story.

Visuals:
The visuals in this game are amazing. The environments arround paris are beautifully illustrated, I only wish they appeared on the 3D enhanced screen. But don't worry, the important cutscenes ARE on the 3D screen. Speaking of the cutscenes, They are without a doubt, the best animated cutscenes I have ever seen in any game.
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I love this game. I am kind of surprised. First off, the music games are more like Rhythm Heaven on Nintendo's consoles which is great. Because the music is catchy and the songs are more like "games" that your classic rhythm games are. But you simply do not go from song to song. There is a story mode in here where the main character is searching for something that belonged to his father. You will tap on people to start conversations in different areas, and even do some old classic "pixel searching" for different items you collect as you put together mystery instruments that unlock bonus mini games and collect the different anime scenes that are purchasable in game with coins you uncover playing the music, as well as from pixel searching.

So even though you got 50 songs with really fun Rhythm Heaven style gameplay with some really catchy and fun songs, but you get just a tiny bit of a professor layton style explore and click adventure. Not bad for the price available.
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The Good:
Graphics - As good as you're gonna get on the 3DS. I usually play my games in 2D mode, but this game has beautifully animated cut scenes that look quite stellar in 3D mode. While the main character(s) are of a typical anime style, background characters and Paris locals each have a distinct look.

Music - Absolutely fantastic. The music ranges across a variety of genres, including hip-hop, jazz, and remixed classical scores. Each musical piece is perfectly tailored to fit the scene and the rhythm game-play.

Game-play - With a large variety of rhythm games that are easy to learn, but difficult to master, Rhythm Thief is an epitome of rhythm/music games. Each of the essential rhythm stages are seamlessly integrated into the storyline and employ a variety of methods such as tapping the screen or using different button combinations. You explore Paris by using the d-pad or circle pad to move your character around, and you can explore each specific scene by tapping the screen. Most, if not all, scenes include hidden medals(coins) that can be used to purchase power-ups during the rhythm stages, or various other goodies, and is reminiscent of the Professor Layton series.

Storyline - While sometimes a little predictable or a little ludicrous, nevertheless, the storyline is intriguing and engaging. There are memorable characters and situations, and a cute love story in the background. Providing both a motive and a method for playing the rhythm stages, it is an integral part of the game. Passing each rhythm stage helps you move along and advance the story, giving you a sense of purpose.

The not-so-good:
Gyroscopic rhythm stages - Don't know if this is the fault of the game or the 3DS, but some of the stages using the gyroscope were ridiculous.
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Rhythm Thief is a very cool game. Even if you are not a fan of anime art style you should enjoy the rhythm games that the storyline uncovers through gameplay. The game does not consist of only rhythm tapping and swiping games, but a lot of conversations and collecting of stuff in between. This can be good or bad depending on the type of player you are. Basically, the main character Raphael runs around Paris with his dog to uncover a terrible secret and an evil conspiracy on the way. (this premise is introduced in the trailers. Not spoiler) While music and rhythm games are the main element there is much traversing of the streets and areas to find various characters for information or items. You are also tasked with finding sounds, and landmarks. What this means is every time you arrive to a new location you'll see a detailed background. You have to click around it to find a prize, which is converted to coins. Coins can later be turned in to unlock extra content within the game.

In fact a lot of the art and the clicking is very similar to art of Professor Layton games. But do not confuse the two in gameplay. There are no difficult puzzles to solve in this one. I'd even say a lot of the filler content between the rhythm games is very easy and can be an annoyance. It could take awhile after a main rhythm game until you reach the next one. This will probably be fun for kids, but for adult gamers could be a distraction since there is no meaningful reward for the game itself.

The rhythm games are clever and inventive. They do not simply have to do with dancing on the street for the NPCs to watch, but escaping, running, fighting, playing instruments, and anything you can think of.
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