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Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure
2 September 2013
Summary: Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure is one of the most unusual games I've played this year. There is not much about it that follows any sort of familiar trajectory. It's a story driven, rhythm-action RPG set in Paris. The main character is a skinny teenage burglar who doesn't care about money. He's a lot more interested in foiling the plans of the reincarnation of Napoleon Bonaparte and putting down his Putty-like foot soldiers with one-hit knockout punches.
Conclusion: Concept: Tap to the beats while solving a graphic adventure à la Professor Layton
Graphics: 3D rhythm and 2D exploration sequences get the job done, but are far from impressive
Sound: The music is surprisingly average and unmemorable; the cheesy pop songs don't help, but the classical tunes are a wonderful addition
Playability: Simple puzzles don't measure up to the intense rhythm challenges, the absence of an easy mode may frustrate the inexperienced
Conclusion: It is rare for a game to have such a variety of different ingredients and managing to gel them together this well. Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure manages to pull it off with elegance. The creative rhythm games, charming story and characters, catchy music, and superb animation blend together into an entirely memorable and absolutely unique experience.
Pros: Charming story and characters, rhythm games integrate well with the narrative and are fun, fantastic animation
Cons: Non-rhythm segments can feel a bit too slow at times
Conclusion: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, and Mild Suggestive Themes. Paris is famous for its wine, so there are a few mentions of it here and there by the locals. Raphael may hit enemies and his dog may bite them, but it’s all cartoony. The suggestive themes are really mild and non-existent, and really only consist of a few small jokes here and there.
Excerpt: All too often, we as gamers read the cries that too many videogames lack originality. However, even if a game has obvious inspirations, that doesn’t mean it deserves immediate rejection. On Nintendo handhelds worldwide, but particularly in Japan, Professor Layton’s anime-infused, Euro-centric approach to puzzle gaming is exceptionally popular, so it’s tough to fault Sega for following in the professor’s footsteps.
Pros: A surprising variety of rhythm games included, Finds many clever ways to use 3DS controls, Gorgeous anime style that renders Paris beautifully
Cons: Isn't the most original game, Many songs are forgettable, Paris has far too many fetch quests
Review: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (Nintendo 3DS)
25 June 2012
Summary: : Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure makes a strong mark as an IP to watch going forward, as it’s a good time that, while not without its flaws, is well worth adding to your 3DS collection. The plot is endearing and surprisingly strong, and the game looks and sounds wonderful, thanks to some excellent stylistic choices and a lot of care and attention where it matters.
Excerpt: Why are developers so intent on turning hardened gamers into blubbering wimps? Whenever a developer throws down the 'our game is so hard it will make you cry' gauntlet the industry gives off a big masculine groan. So when SEGA's rhythm guru Shun Nakamura warned players his next effort would ramp up the difficulty beyond the tricky Space Channel 5 - that's the game with the dancing TV reporter in space, kids - I assumed he was having a laugh.