Summary: What does it take for a game to be universally enjoyable? That's the question most game developers would love to be able to answer, but it's easier said than done. My guess is that it comes down to exploiting the medium for what it does best -- utilizing multi-sensory connections to break down the barriers between the "real" world and the "game" world.
Excerpt: Rhythm games may not have total control of the gaming market these days, but people always want to press buttons in time to music. That’s especially true on the Wii, where Just Dance is one of the biggest franchises in the system’s history. But for those that prefer Japanese weirdness and catchy tunes over hopping around to kid-friendly pop, Rhythm Heaven Fever has finally made it to our shores.
Pros: A bevy of addictive, catchy songs, Adorably unique style and art, A great deal at any price (especially $30)
Cons: Musical amateurs will occasionally be frustrated, Hardcore players may find it too easy, It's one of the last good times you'll have on the Wii
Collection of clever rhythm mini-games is fun but tough.
Common Sense Media
18 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Rhythm Heaven Fever is a collection of quick, music-themed mini-games that requires players to keep beats of varying speed and cadence. It may help foster an interest in music, and, particularly, rhythm. Parents of vision-impaired kids should note that many of the mini-games included are suitable for the blind and provide audio cues that will help sightless players perform as well as any sighted child.
Conclusion: Rhythm Heaven is a solid game that fans of the series will definitely love and new players will enjoy as well. The series transitioned well from the handheld platform to the main platforms extremely well which is a tricky thing for any game series to do. The audio and visuals in the game are very well done and mesh together very well.
Excerpt: Ah Nintendo, first you made me realise I need to lose a few pounds by playing Wii Fit and now you’re out to prove to me that I have no sense of rhythm? What did I ever do to you? Well, I hate to admit it, but you were right about the weight thing and it appears that you’ve gotten me yet again, as after playing through Rhythm Heaven Fever for the Wii I can assuredly say that my musical timing is almost non-existent Which begs the question: is this edition of Rhythm Heaven...
Conclusion: The worst thing I can say about Rhythm Heaven Fever is that it doesn’t seem like it utilizes the Wii all that well. It looks sharp, but not in a way that it couldn’t have on a portable. The motion isn’t used, the IR is optional, and it only uses 2 buttons. That’s not to say that the game is bad because of it- it just doesn’t seem like a good fit for a home console, especially one as unique as the Wii.
Nintendo’s Bizarre Musical Experiment Finds A Home On The Wii
29 February 2012
Conclusion: Concept: Take the rhythm genre in a bizarre, challenging, and entertaining direction
Graphics: Brilliant colors and strange designs make Rhythm Heaven Fever hard to look away from
Sound: Every song gets drilled into your head, and you will welcome each one with open arms (ears?)
Playability: It’s tough and unforgiving, but it all makes sense once you get into the rhythm
Entertainment: You’ll be tapping your foot along with the beat without even realizing it
Excerpt: Whubba-dubba-dubba. Fans of rhythm games who have grown just as tired as everyone else of the generic instrument-based fare of recent days may have paid attention when a bizarre DS title called Rhythm Heaven came out some while back. It was crazy and weird, had flashy presentation with a Warioware vibe, and proved to be quite an engaging and original title in the genre.