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Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure has been released on 3DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure always sounded interesting, but turns out to be a fantastic rhythm action game on the 3DS with a great story and engaging side-quests. Perfect for families..."
- Family Gamer (Mon, 02 Apr 2012)
Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure is a narrative-driven music game with a quirky style and innovative gameplay features. Will it charm enough to sell, even without a familiar soundtrack?
Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure is a rhythm and dancing game for the 3DS, which will challenge your sense of rhythm and movement not only through swiping the stylus in time with the prompts, but also by moving, shaking and rotating the console to keep up with the dancing.
Set in an old-fashioned version of Paris, it tells the story of a stylish art thief searching for his missing father. This is a much more narrative focused dance game than many recent offerings using the escapades in which the hero finds himself to drive the settings for each musical level. Gameplay looks to be very similar to Elite Beat Agents (DS) although with a visual style that is immediately reminiscent of Professor Layton (DS).
Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure perhaps takes a bit of a risk using original songs, rather than a licenced soundtrack. Casual gamers tend to be drawn by listed tracks for a music game and amidst a market quite crowded at the moment with rhythm action games, such as Michael Jackson: The Experience HD (Vita) and more particularly Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm (3DS), Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure will have to rely on its distinctive visuals, play style and narrative to set it apart.
The music in Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure offers a mix of quirky pop, funk and jazz/swing which looks like it will work well with the Francophile setting and the gentleman burglar style of story. With it's suave style and anime charm, it could easily be the next cult hit among 3DS fans.
Rhythm Thief And The Emperor's Treasure is currently planned for release on the Nintendo 3DS 5th April 2012.
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