Play that funky music: 5 unique rhythm games out now

By Dale Bashir on Sep 6, 2017

Whether it was at home with a plastic guitar and Guitar Hero or out on the arcade dance floor with Dance Dance Revolution, we all have had our humble beginnings in rhythm. Now those days might be long gone now but that doesn't mean we can't relive the glory of tapping out in time to some funky beats and getting high scores. Rhythm games have since evolved and incorporate different mechanics from other genres as well. Here are 5 rhythm games you could try to sate your hunger for new rhythm games:

1. Thumper

Quite possibly the most known game on this list, Thumper is a trippy, bass-dropping, action rhythm game that provides a brutal challenge for the most diehard of rhythm game fans. You control a silver, space beetle as you traverse through a psychedelic world on an endless track, jumping with the rhythm and reach blinding speeds. There are even boss fights after reaching certain milestones and crafty players must learn their patterns if they want to get through. Headphones and a controller are recommended to fully enjoy this experience.

2. Super Hexagon

Don't let the simple aesthetics fool you, Super Hexagon is a tough as nails rhythm game where you the player must survive by guiding your little arrow avatar against waves of obstacles protruding and spinning from all sides of the hexagon. At first glance, this game doesn't seem like a typical rhythm game, but once you get a hold of it, you will realize that the music plays an important part in telegraphing the hexagons patterns and incoming threats, giving players a chance to maneuver and ensure their survival.

3. The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor

A groovy take on traditional party-based dungeon crawling, The Metronomicon:Slay the Dance Floor is a turn-based RPG whereby every character's attack and spells are executed through button-presses in line with the rhythm of a song, kind of like a game of Rock Band except the goal is to slay monsters instead of playing a great concert for the crowd. You have your usual tank, wizard, healer and DPS characters in this Rhythm RPG, all with their own little jaunty dancing animations and unique designs. It is the latest game on this list and truly a must buy for RPG and Rhythm fans alike.


4. Electronic Super Joy

This game combines twitch reflex platforming challenges and chillwave music for a neat and fun experience this side of the Super Meat Boy side of the platforming spectrum. Despite its hard difficulty, the game's soundtrack is motivating and with the game's fair and tight level design making you feel like every mistake is definitely your fault, the music does help in making players feel like moving forward and try the level again with great determination. Electric Super Joy also has a sequel called Electric Super Joy: Groove City for fans who just can't get enough of this rhythm platformer.

5. Crypt of the Necrodancer

A roguelike that allows you to play with a dance-pad? Time to brush up on those old DDR reflexes and enter the Crypt of the Necrodancer. As Cadence the treasure hunter, you and the enemies standing in your way move with the beat of the music, as the player you must bust out your moves and ensure Cadence's survival in the dungeon. You can also collect gear, weapons and other items along the way to help on your quest to vanquish the Necrodancer. If rhythmic dungeon-crawling with permadeath sounds like your kind of thing, do yourself a favor and check out Crypt of the Necrodancer.

All these games are available on Steam and most major consoles, and some of them are available on IOS and Android too!

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