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Best Rhythm Games

Rhythm video games are played while listening to music or a drum beat of some kind. To progress well you have to press buttons and interest in time with the music. Sometimes this is simply to make music in its own right, while at others it's to interact in others ways, often called Rhythm Action.

Many rhythm games include multiplayer modes in which players compete for the highest score or cooperate as a simulated musical ensemble. Along with gamepads, specialised input devices (plastic instruments, dance mats and the like) enable a more creative interaction.

The Rhythm interaction can be combined with all manner of other genres. This adds another later to Platform, Adventure or Shooting games. In these instances, hitting buttons in time with the beat offers additional effects or powered-up attacks. The Rhythm nature of these video games can also add an Active aspect to play. Not only do you find yourself moving your body in time with the beat to get the right timing, but some of these games offer a fully active dance experience where motion and gestures are detected by controllers.
 
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Roblox

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Release Date: 15/06/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Roblox

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Series)

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Release Date: 11/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: @SquareEnix

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is an action-rhythm game. You play through songs from the Kingdom Hearts series of video games by hitting enemies in time with the music with your staff. This makes for a nice blend of rhythm and combat.

Just Dance 2021 (Series)

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Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....

Lego Vidiyo

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Release Date: 01/03/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative and Rhythm

Developer: @Lego

Players: This is a single player game

Lego Vidiyo (pronounced Lego Video) is a music game where you use an app and physical Lego to create music videos to share. The app is free, but you buy the sets that come with special tiles that unlock music loops and effects. You can use the camera on...

Geometry Dash

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Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @RobTopGames

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping and dashing game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a small cube, which you can customize, that attempts to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube....

One Hand Clapping

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Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: Stadia

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @BadDreamGames

Players: This is a single player game

One Hand Clapping is a running and jumping game where you sing into a microphone to interact with the world. The game acknowledges how challenging this idea may be, and gently leads you into using your voice to create platforms, adjust the wind and...

PaRappa the Rapper

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Release Date: 31/10/1997

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @NanaOn_Sha

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

PaRappa the Rapper is a bizarre rhythm game where you play a paper-thin rapping dog trying to win the heart of a flower-faced girl. You do this by pressing buttons to rap in time with the music to impress her. It creates a silly yet endearing game about...

Ikenfell

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Release Date: 08/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @PlayHumbleGames

Players: This is a single player game

Ikenfell is a turn based role play game where you use timing to power spells and block attacks. You explore the twisted halls of a vast magic school, a bit like Harry Potter, fight monsters and uncover hidden treasure and dark secrets.

WarioWare (Series)

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Release Date: 27/07/2018

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...

Monomals

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Release Date: 01/11/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Picomy

Players: This is a single player game

This is a game about fishing and music. You drop your line into the water, catch a fish and make music along the way. There are different animal DJ's to choose, each with a different sound and 21 different underwater courses to fish in.

Fledgling Heroes

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Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @SubtleBoom

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.

Game & Wario

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Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...

The Artful Escape

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a running and jumping game that combines this platform action with music-playing. You play as Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre creatures he encounters on...

Evergreen Blues

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Release Date: 20/02/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: @UsDivad

Players: This is a single player game

Evergreen Blues is a rhythm narrative game where you and a friend build lyrics to a song in real time. You select the words and timing and the game puts them together into lines of a song. What's unexpected and unusual about the game is that the songs...

Wandersong

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Release Date: 27/09/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @TheBanov

Players: This is a single player game

In Wandersong you play a bard on a quest to gather parts of a song. Uniquely, you interact with the environment and inhabitants by singing. Controlled by one of the direction sticks, you can access different notes on the coloured ‘Song Wheel’. This...

Way Of The Passive Fist

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Release Date: 11/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @HHGamesInc

Players: This is a single player game

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.

Wii Fit (Series)

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Release Date: 25/04/2008

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...

Cadence of Hyrule

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Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Developer: @‪BYG_Vancouver‬

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda infused version of a popular rhythm action indie game called Crypt of the NecroDancer. Like the original you go on an adventure viewed from above and progressed by moving, attacking and dodging in time with the music.

Jump Rope Challenge

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Release Date: 15/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game where you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.

No Straight Roads

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Release Date: 25/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Rhythm

Developer: @MetronomikIncEN

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

No Straight Roads is a music-based, action-adventure game where indie rock band members Mayday & Zuke lead a musical revolution against the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) band. After being unfairly rejected in their audition to join No Straight Roads,...

Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

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Release Date: 08/10/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Developer: @GameLoft

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.

Hexagroove: Tactical DJ

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Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Ichigoichie_Inc

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Hexagroove is a rhythm game where you mix music using an intuitive and tactical control system. Each level sets goals for you to combine musical loops in real time. Success is not just a matter of matching instructions but creating expressive music and...

DropMix

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Release Date: 05/12/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Harmonix

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

DropMix is a fast-paced music-mixing game. You combine loops of well known music from a wide range of genres by placing physical cards on the DropMix peripheral. Each card you place combines with those already in play to create an automatically...

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Eloh

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Release Date: 11/10/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @BrokenRules

Players: This is a single player game

Eloh is a puzzle game with an unusual dual focus. You may start playing to solve the puzzles, but it soon draws you in to appreciate and take time over the rhythms you create in doing so. It creates a low pressure puzzle with a meditative feel.

Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

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Release Date: 05/04/2012

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Sega

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...

Chime (Series)

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Release Date: 03/02/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @ZoeMode

Players: This is a single player game

Chime is a block-dropping music puzzle game where you control a single shape to move, rotate, and then place it onto a grid. A beatline moves across the grid in time with the music, setting off events when it hits placed shapes.

Sequence Storm

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Release Date: 21/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Racing, Rhythm and Sports

Developer: @SEQUENCE_STORM

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

This is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time with the music to score points. It sounds simple, but similar to games like Guitar Hero, it soon gets more complex. Unusually the rhythm play has a futuristic racing story.

Skate Story

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @BySamEng

Players: This is a single player game

Skate Story is a skateboarding game that focuses on the skill, weight and locomotion of controlling the board. Running through the game is a story where you explore the underworld beneath New York City.

Street Power Football

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Release Date: 25/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @GamajunGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Street Power Football (Street Power Soccer) is a rhythm and timing game where you compete in a range of competitions that require timing, quick reactions and finesse. Some of these are a pure rhythm action or aiming challenge while others offer a full...

Spin Rhythm XD

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Release Date: 22/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @SpinRhythmGame

Players: This is a single player game

Spin Rhythm is a music-timing game where you match button presses and stick movement with music indicators on the screen. It's intuitive and fun. Once you get the hang of it it feels like making music.

Unspottable

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Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @GrosChevaux

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...

Impossible Bottles

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @HonigStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Impossible Bottles is a rhythm game where you control mechanical robots. You create musical loops with each robot and solve puzzle to get them in harmony. It's a game about the global energy crisis and a scientist’s effort to provide an...

Thumper

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Release Date: 10/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @MarcAFlury

Players: This is a single player game

Thumper is a rhythm game where you guide a beetle-like creature through music track by pressing buttons in time. Unlike other music games, the focus is on impact and combat rather than soaring tunes. It's described by the developer as a rhythm-violence...

Nour: Play With Your Food

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 5

Genres: Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @_Teejay5

Players: This is a single player game

Nour: Play With Your Food is an experimental music game where you create different dishes and plates of food. Unusually, the focus is on sound rather than just visuals. As you add ingredients and food elements they each add sounds.

Rhythm Doctor

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Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: @7thBeat

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

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Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @7thBeat

Players: This is a single player game

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Nidhogg

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Release Date: 12/09/2014, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @Messhof

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

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Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: @Simogo

Players: This is a single player game

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rhythm-action game where you control a running, flying, dancing or motorbike-riding character to collect coins and hearts in time with pop music. The neon visuals and emotively voiced story make this an unusual and compelling...

Freedom Finger

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Release Date: 27/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @widerightgames

Players: This is a single player game

Freedom Finger is a tongue in cheek game where you pilot a hand that can shoot from its middle finger. Along with the shooting, the game is music driven as you punch, grab, and pound enemies to smithereens. It takes the classic, Gradius and Nemisis...

Elite Beat Agents

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Release Date: 13/07/2007

Platforms: Nintendo DS

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: @iNiS_corp

Players: This is a single player game

This simple rhythm game requires you to tap the screen in time with the music to advance a story. Each song matches the pictorial narrative that intersperses each verse: getting a pregnant woman to the hospital; materialising a Christmas gift to a...

Child of Eden

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Release Date: 17/06/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

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Release Date: 15/10/2014

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Harmonix

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fantasia is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing out high notes with...

Patapon (Series)

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Release Date: 22/02/2008

Platforms: PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Patapon and its sequels take rhythmic button-pressing in a real-time battle direction. You assemble a stylized army and then take your troops to battle by tapping buttons in time with the rhythm. How well you press the buttons in time with the music...

Let's Catch

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Release Date: 15/06/2009

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: @Nakayuji

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a game on the Wii about catching. It's created by Prope, who made the Sonic the Hedgehog games. You use the Wii Remote controller to motion a catch or a throw to a player in the game. The challenge is to learn how to press the button just right...

Lumines

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Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Lumines is a music puzzle game where you rotate and align small blocks to form squares of a single colour. As you do this, in time with the music, they are erased as the beat line passes over them. The game is lost when the blocks reach the top of the...

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

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Release Date: 25/10/2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Superbcorp

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.

Fuser

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Release Date: 10/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @Harmonix

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Fuser is a rhythm game where you are a DJ at a large concert. You can combine four songs from a list of records. Each of the records has four tracks represented by colours and instruments: drums, guitar or vocals. You build up an evolving mix of music...

Double Kick Heroes

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Release Date: 11/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @headbang_club

Players: This is a single player game

Double Kick Heroes is a heavy metal rhythm game. You tap buttons in time to the music to lead your band through the zombie wasteland. It revolves around the "double kicking" drumming technique. When you get this right you can speed up the music.

Ape Out

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Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @GabeCuzzillo

Players: This is a single player game

Ape Out is a stylised fighting game where you control an ape trying to escape a facility. Although it's violent, the gameplay focuses on rhythm and style rather than just gore. As you move, grab and throw your attackers the soundtrack responds to create...


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