|developer:||Oriol gaming zone|
|last edit by:||Dark|
rhythm rage is the long awaited sequel to the extremely popular Beatstar pro, where you can take your mad pushing buttons to the beat skills to the next level.
where Beatstar had a comparatively simple concept of hear a single sound, hit the key on the next beat, Rhythm rage expands on that with a slightly more complex formula. Each level takes the form of a little task, whether that is wrapping along to the song Uptown funk, using a robotic lifter to heft crates around a factory, helping an evil king dispose of criminals with a rather musical gun and on the beat head chopping, or aiding Jago, the kung fu monk from the Killer instinct game series remember his combos by punching and kicking in time. The difference in Rhythm rage however is that the number of beats your required to wait, the amount of time to press or hold the keys, and the number of key presses required in each rhythm is not the same in each level. For example, with the evil king, you will occasionally get a "hay ho!" where you need to shoot on the third beat with the spacebar, or someone chanting "chop his head!" where a push of enter is needed on the beat after the word head. While with jago, you might need to remember two oo three combo hits for example punch punch kick, followed by space space enter along with the rhythm, (this likely sounds rather more complex to explain than it actually is in practice).
As well as varying in rhythms and how much to tap and hold keys, you will also occasionally be needed to perform memory tasks, for example to use the lifting robot you might here a short sequence of in coming crates to grab, left right left right and hold enter, then be required to push along in time as you remember your position. This again probably sounds harder than it is, though bare in mind since the rhythms and style needed are fairly precise, expect to get a good work out for your funky skills.
Unlike in Beatstar, rather than each stage ending when you mess up, you will play each level to the end of the track and get an over all accuracy rating. In order to pass levels you will need to get a certain accuracy rating (which might take a good few tries especially on some of the harder stages), however as you might expect, achievements are available if you do well enough.
As well as progressing through the levels of the game, performing in a wide range of different tasks and situations (check the tutorial for each to get an idea of where you are and what you need to do), another similarity to Oriol's previous game is the addition of pack creation. Though a trifle more complex than in Beatstar, a parser system exists to let people program their own packs, each with a new set of levels and tasks to challenge you. A couple already exist available to download Here on Oriol's site and doubtless more will be created in the future. Remember though, just as in Beatstar, new packs aren't free to play just because you've downloaded them, you'll need to earn 1000 credits through playing the levels of the game before you can unlock a newly downloaded pack.
The game, including any packs people create is entirely free to download and play, However Oriol asks those who wish to please donate 10 usd to fund future game development (use the donation button on his site). Donation is entirely optional, though donators will get an exclusive donator pack of levels and achievement as an extra thank you. The game, though containing a lot of human speech also outputs some information such as level tutorials to Jaws, Window eyes, System access, Nvda or Microsoft Sapi.
To get a clear idea of what the game is about, check out This demo from Oriol's site, showing a stage where you aide a violent penguin get rid of rival birds, and This demo of a crazy remix featuring sounds and rythms from several different levels.
The above link will download an installer for the game that creates program shortcuts and the like. Those who want a plane zip version can Download the portable zip here
For more information on Oriol Gomez and his games, check out The Oriol gaming zone page on the audio archive site
Rhythm rage is one of those deceptively addictive games, you believe it a simple arcade romp for five minutes, then find you've spent half a day grappling with beats and memory. With the variety of tasks and sound, awesome atmosphere and of course some amazing music and challenge, this is definitely a game not to be missed.
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Updates: entry 14 Feb 17 and description 14 Feb 17