Sep 10, 2013
Remember Rock Band? Remember Guitar Hero? Remember when rhythm games were the hottest thing in town? I sure do and it’s been awhile since I tested my sense of rhythm in a game. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve not played a rhythm game for so long that made me really enjoy Cytus. I doubt it though. The fact is, it’s a really good example of what the genre’s all about.
If you’re not sure what I mean by rhythm game, let me explain just how Cytus works.
Depending on the tempo of your chosen song, a black bar moves from the top of the screen to the bottom and back like a metronome. As the song progresses, buttons appear on the screen and they need to be pressed as the black bar passes over them. Sounds simple, but soon the screen is filled with buttons to push, drag and hold. As this is a rhythm game, the buttons aren’t just randomly generated, they’re all placed to get you tapping away in time with the music.
It’s a premise that’s not particularly new, but one that’s executed extremely well in Cytus. Naturally, a game like this is can only be as strong as its musical line-up and I feel Cytus delivers. There’s a wide range of tracks with more being unlocked as the developers release them. The only potential issue with the game is that the different styles of music aren’t likely to appeal to everyone.
That’s the one thing that the Rock Bands and Guitar Heros of the world managed to do really well. They had all sorts of genres on offer, either through physical releases or through an extensive amount of DLC available. Cytus can’t offer this and as such it means that the game is full of music that sounds like it belongs at the start or end of an anime.
Some of you will love the idea of tapping away to J-Pop and J-Rock whilst others will be turned-off by this. It’s really down to personal preference.
Alongside the game’s audio, the presentation is pretty outstanding. Menus are well designed and easy to navigate whilst every track is accompanied by some fantastic cover art. Cytus also manages to fill the screen with button prompts but lays them out in such a way that songs get hectic but never in a way that confuses you and causes you to lose your game.
In conclusion, Cytus is fantastic. It works extremely well and each song has their beats laid out in such a way that you can lose yourself in the music whilst tapping away on the screen. The game’s presentation goes above and beyond what it normally expected of a rhythm game and the amount of content is just staggering, with new song cropping up at a regular basis. The only negative side to Cytus could be the choice of songs available may not be to your liking. When the game’s free though, there’s no excuse not to try this one out.