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HarmoKnight Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


HarmoKnight (Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight in Japan) is a rhythm based running, jumping and whacking game. You play a boy named Tempo who is fighting enemies with a musical note staff. You are joined by an archer named Lyra, a buff warrior named Tyko, and his monkey companion, Cymbi on a mission to save the princess.

You automatically move through side-scrolling levels and must press two different buttons to jump and swing the staff. Do this in time with the music and you gather notes to progress. You can charge your staff to earn extra notes as well as choose different routes through the levels to find bonuses. At times you switch to other characters to use the crossbow, harder hits or ride on karts.

If you are hit by an enemy or obstacle you lose a heart and fail if you lose them all. You are graded at the end of each stage based on how many notes you have collected. As levels are unlocked you discover different themes and musical timings, 4/4, 3/4 and so on. You can unlock some stages that feature music from the Pokémon series, that this developer created. At the end of each set of levels you take on a boss fights, with harder and more repetitious timing required.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/03/2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. To find everything and all the hidden items on each level can take players towards 30 hours.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Rated for younger players in the US where it is ESRB EVERYONE

Skill Rating

5-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The two button controls are a nice way for very young children to feel like they are playing a platform game. To do well you need precise timing and to memorise the levels.


HarmoKnight usually costs £12.99.


Switch Store 2DS|3DS £12.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our HarmoKnight Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
There are two difficulties for each level, a standard speed and a fast speed. However, to do well at the game you need to complete levels at both speeds.

You can play most levels with just two buttons. Some boss levels need you to also use left and right on the Direction Pad as well.

Although the game is based on button pressing in time with music, the notes and enemies that travel towards you are placed to be in line with the music beat. Also, the hearts at the bottom of the screen pulsate in time with the beat meaning you can play the gave without hearing (the tutorial mode hides these hearts with the instructions so these initial levels may be harder to play without hearing).

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