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23 Great Games Like Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure.
 

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 him, visits various French locations by completing music-rhythm challenges.

Unfortunately, Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+

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

Costs: Purchase cost

Hand Picked Games Like Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

These are our hand-picked games similar to Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 11/11/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

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.

Professor Layton

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 07/11/2008

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @LEVEL5_IA

Players: This is a single player game

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.

Monomals

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

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.

June's Journey

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 05/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Wooga

Players: This is a single player game

June’s Journey is a puzzle game where you search for objects hidden amongst the scenery that help you solve a murder. You play as June, a 1920s detective investigating the recent murder of her sister and her husband. Finding objects quickly enough...

No Straight Roads

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 25/08/2020

Price: 33% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

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,...

Evergreen Blues

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 20/02/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 20 features

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

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 27/09/2018

Price: 75% off

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

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...

Cadence of Hyrule

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Price: 30% off

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.

Spin Rhythm XD

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 22/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Rhythm

Accessibility: 33 features

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.

Thumper

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Price: 70% off

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...

Hexagroove: Tactical DJ

Rating: PEGI 3+

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...

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Price: 40% off

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...

Tangle Tower

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @SFBDim

Players: This is a single player game

Tangle Tower is a murder mystery game, from the same developer as Snipperclips, where you explore a grand old house and its intertwining families to solve a mysterious murder. You are given the events of the murder, each...

Sequence Storm

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 21/12/2018

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 15 features

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.

Impossible Bottles

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

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...

Rhythm Doctor

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

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

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

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...

Aerial Knight's Never Yield

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 19/05/2021

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

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @Aerial_Knight

Players: This is a single player game

Aerial Knight's Never Yield is a running and jumping game where movement is timed not to beat enemies but to the rhythm of the music. Like other endless runner games, your motion is predetermined so you can focus on pressing the buttons at the right...

Elite Beat Agents

Rating: PEGI 12+

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...

Patapon (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

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 stylised 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...

Lumines

Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Price: 60% off

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

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/10/2018

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 but builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.

Fuser

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 41% off

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...

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Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

Roki

PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki

Fez

PEGI Rating 3+ for Fez

Portal

PEGI Rating 12+ for Portal

Make Music While You Play

Many games use rhythm as a mechanic to involve the player. But this list is devoted to the games that go one step further, and make you feel like you are creating music while to interact with the game. This may be the singing to other characters in Wandersong or Fe, or be contributing to the orchestral soundtrack in games like Flower or LocoRoco.

These are games that almost feel like you are playing a music album. They invite you to spend time in a meditative musical state that leaves you with their songs and rhythms in your head for the rest of the day - Pata Pata Pata Pon.
 


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