Rhythm Doctor Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game about shocking patients' hearts back in sync with their heartbeats to save their lives. You press a single button on the 7th beat to defibrillate each patient. It sounds simple but each level has a unique illnesses based on complex music theory: polyrhythms, hemiolas, irregular time signatures.

Unlike other rhythm games that make things more challenging by adding more buttons and more beats to match, Rhythm Doctor ups the difficulty with unusual timing and various methods of distracting you from your task.

There are patients suffering from wi-fi jamming bacteria that mess with your connection and glitch out the beats you can see. There are patients with an irregular time signatures or unexpected remixes of the songs. It's fun and funny in a bonkers kind of way. At one point there's a song about overworked doctors and the politicians who are turning the public against them.

The combination of this unusual approach to gameplay, some great music, an overarching story to follow and the inventive distractions result in a completely joyous experience. Add to this the way the game introduces different concepts of rhythm theory in an accessible way and this is works very well for families. You can even make and share your own levels.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @7thBeat

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Play the story solo or grab a friend for drop-in drop-out local multiplayer throughout the whole campaign. On some levels you each have a patient. On the later levels where you have multiple patients.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

There is no blood, although the game does feature people quitting their smoking habit. There is one instance of the word "hell".
 
This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can lower difficulty to the point of making it impossible to fail by missing notes.

You can change the font to make it clearing.

Every button triggers the same action so you don't need to remap buttons, although you can't use the sticks. You can't remap the menu buttons or pause button. Rapid pressing of the button is only required on the harder secret levels you can unlock.

The game is designed to be played without sight. Although currently you can't navigate menus.
 
Our Rhythm Doctor Accessibility Report details 22 accessibility features:


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