If I was to sum up Theatrhythm in one work it would be Addictive! Mainly aimed at Final Fantasy fans Indies Zero have taken the Elite Beat Agents idea and put a Final Fantasy spin on it. In a nut shell Theatrhythm plays music from Final Fantasy 1-13 across three types of levels designs against three difficulty settings, throughout the whole game which you will be tapping and swiping the screen in time with the music.
What keeps you and everyone else interested apart from the music is how much there is to unlock. You start the game with a handful of characters, music and equipment but as you play you will unlock and unlock new items, characters, extra’s and levels all the time which is what grabbed my attention. Aside from loving the music from Final Fantasy I wanted to unlock every character, beat every level with a perfect or near enough score and level up each character to the maximum 99.
Theatrhythm is split between three levels, they are as follows:
Field Music: By far the easiest of the three your chosen character will walk/run along a field, the distance he travels depends who his level/equipment and how well you preform.
Battle: In the style of the original Final Fantasy battle systems the music will come at you in 4 lines for each of your 4 chosen characters. During this time you will be fighting enemies and a boss for each song. How much damage you do again depends on level/equipment and how well you preform.
Event: the lines will come at you in more of a spiral motion while a FMV cut scene plays in the background.
Once you have played for a while you will also unlock a Chaos mode which will feature the Field Music and Battle stage. Here you will have to do your best in the field to get as far as you can to unlock bosses 2 or 3, if you fail to reach the marker you will face boss #1. Then you will play the battle mode, reaching and beating the boss will unlock better items used to unlock new characters.
You are scored on everything, getting a better score is more a personal achievement and won’t really unlock anything more than completing the level will get you. Scores range all the way up to SSS rank which involves hitting everything perfectly with no items equipped.
That game itself isn’t without its issues. I found that if you missed a tap on a quicker harder mode sometimes the game will not register some of your next few taps as the game momentarily freezes and that seriously affects your score and health bar and it’s quite frustrating.
Theatrhythm is repetitive but in a very good way. Fans of the music and games will welcome this title with open arms, the RPG element separates it from games like “Elite Beat Agents” or “Guitar Hero” and the unlockable extras like cards and FMV’s are an added bonus.
If you are a fan of the music from Final Fantasy and you have a 3DS this game is a must. I have been playing for hours and have finally unlocked everything there is to do and I still want to play it.
One last thing there are some DLC which can be purchased at the Nintendo shop the first for a game on the 3DS. The DLC for this game are extra songs come at a price which I felt is too step for what it is.