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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.

DetailsList Details

Era: 1997 - 2021
Total Games: 73
Total Likes: 678
 

 

The Artful Escape

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: A i (@A_i)

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a narrative adventure with running and jumping sections that combine platform action with music-playing. You are Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre...

Osu!

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Ppy (@Ppy)

Players: This is a single player game

Osu is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels the games is an esport with people competing to...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: We Are Mana Void (@WeAreManaVoid)

Players: This is a single player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Roblox

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2020

Price: Free

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

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

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Roblox (@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)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/11/2020

Platforms: PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Square Enix (@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.

Geometry Dash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rob Top Games (@RobTopGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Just Dance 2021 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

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

Price: 67% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@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....

Tchia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Awaceb (@Awaceb)

Players: This is a single player game

Tchia is an adventure where you play a young girl (Tchia) who can climb, glide, swim, and sail around a beautiful archipelago. Along with the usual sandbox missions and play the game offers an unusual ability to take control (and become) any animal or...

Lego Vidiyo

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/03/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative and Rhythm

Developer: Lego (@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...

PaRappa the Rapper

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/10/1997

Platforms: PS4 and PSP

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: Nana On Sha (@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...

Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Game Loft (@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.

Cadence of Hyrule

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Switch

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

Developer: BYG Vancouver‬ (@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.

One Hand Clapping

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: Stadia and Switch

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Bad Dream Games (@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...

Dance Central

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2010

Platforms: Oculus, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Dance Central is a dancing rhythm game you play by moving your body in front of the Xbox Kinect camera. The focus on full body movement celebrates accurate, well-timed and energetic moves. As opposed to Just Dance's rough choreography, Dance Central...

Ikenfell

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Play Humble Games (@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.

Wandersong

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/09/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: The Banov (@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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/04/2019

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: HH Games Inc (@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.

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: 7 th Beat (@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...

DropMix

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: Harmonix (@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...

Evergreen Blues

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/02/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Us Divad (@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...

Game & Wario

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@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...

Just Shapes & Beats

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/06/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Switch

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Shapes N Beats (@ShapesNBeats)

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

Just Shapes & Beats is a two player rhythm game where you dodge bullets in time with the music. As well as this unusual premise, play extends the novelty as you have to both avoid the various shapes and move to the Beats. It’s a new spin on the shoot...

Monomals

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/11/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Picomy (@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.

Rhythm Doctor

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: 7 th Beat (@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...

Secret Shuffle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 60 players in the same room

Secret Shuffle is a rhythm game where up to 60 players dance to music and have to try and spot who is listening to the same track as they are. It's unusual because the action happens in the room rather than on the screen, but the app is essential for...

Spin Rhythm XD

Release Date: 22/10/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Rhythm

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Spin Rhythm Game (@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.

Eloh

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/10/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Broken Rules (@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.

Fledgling Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-6 year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Subtle Boom (@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.

Hexagroove: Tactical DJ

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Ichigoichie Inc (@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...

No Straight Roads

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 25/08/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Metronomik Inc EN (@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,...

Rhythm Paradise

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

Price: 70% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: tsunkuboy (@tsunkuboy)

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Heaven (also known as Rhythm Paradise, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Simogo (@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...

Skate Story

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: By Sam Eng (@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.

Thumper

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: Marc A Flury (@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...

BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/09/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Players: This is a single player game

BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a shooting game where shots and attacks must be timed to the beat of the music. The gameplay is focused on motion and shooting, like the Doom games, only here you can only shoot, dodge and reload on the beat. It's repetitive...

Heartbeat: Regret

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: My True Sound (@MyTrueSound)

Players: This is a single player game

Heartbeat: Regret is a horror rhythm-typing game. It's a tough game where you are hunted in a mansion by a dark monster. Unusually, you need to press buttons in time with the audible heart beat to move around and then type directions to take specific...

Jump Rope Challenge

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@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.

Nour: Play With Your Food

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS5

Genres: Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: Teejay 5 (@_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.

Rez Infinite (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2020

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS4 and Xbox 360

Genres: Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: This is a single player game

Rez is a shooting game where you fire musical energy rather than bullets. As you guide a figure through the darkness of space you bring down enemies in time with the music. Rez is novel for its use of music and vibration feedback to create a sense of...

Wii Fit (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/04/2008

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@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...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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