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Video GameTheatrhythm Final Bar Line (Series) Review
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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Theatrhythm is a series of rhythm games where you hit notes and perform actions in time to the music. In Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, you play along to tracks from the famous Final Fantasy Series and other Square Enix games, like Octopath Traveller. As you do the corresponding game action plays out along with the music. It's an unusual way to engage with the music (and these games), with each track offering a different challenge through varied actions and styles.

As you play through a song, different actions make their way across the screen, which you need to perform at just the right moment. Some are quick button presses, and others are longer actions, mimicking a held note in the track. Based on how well you perform each move, you get a different number of rhythm points, which rack up as you play through the song, giving you a total score at the end. Depending on your final score, you get a different grade in that song.

Some songs are played such that the notes move sideways, and others that they move vertically down, adding extra variety. Additional multiplayer modes allow you to compete against friends to get the higher score on a given song, with each person performing some of the actions. A built-in music player allows you to listen to the songs without playing them.

The result is a unique game that provides an alternative way to interact with the greatest songs from tens of different games spanning several decades, whether you've played them or not. Each track offers a unique challenge that requires precision timing and determination to overcome.

There have been several other Theatrhythm games, each one offering similar gameplay, but with a different selection of tracks to play:
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (2012) 3DS, iOS (no longer available on the App Store).
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (2014) 3DS.
  • Theatrhythm Dragon Quest (2015) 3DS.
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: All-Star Carnival (2016) Arcade Machines (Japan Only)
  • Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (2023) Switch, PlayStation 4.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/02/2012, updated in 2023

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS4, Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (4 online)

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Each level lasts the length of a song, which is typically around three minutes. With over 300 songs to play, there's several hours of content.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Locally you can play with another player, where each person is responsible for hitting half of the notes, and you compete to see who plays their notes better. Online, you can play with up to three other people similarly.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence. Previous games in the series have been rated PEGI 12 for Violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language and Mild Suggestive Themes. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call was also rated ESRB TEEN, but Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call was also rated ESRB TEEN, but Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.
In Australia, Australian state: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call was also rated Mature (M), but Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was rated Parental Guidance (PG).

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to have quick reactions as the notes you need to hit come very quickly and many at a time. However, the controls are simple to learn and intuitive.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
 

CostsCosts

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line usually costs £29.99 to £49.99.
 

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line

Switch Store Switch £49.99

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £29.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can buy extra songs from other Square Enix games like Octopath Traveller and Romancing SaGa. In addition, there's a Digital Deluxe Edition of the game that includes exclusive songs.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SquareEnix) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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