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This is Rhythm Doctor:

 


For those who can’t watch YouTube videos: “Rhythm Doctor is a one-button rhythm game where you save patients by hitting your button on the 7th beat. Every patient has a unique rhythmic ailment and their own storylines.” The video also explains the two-player mode and the concept of boss levels.

 

The dev linked me to a “preorder demo” a while ago after I sent a donation (because I had played the browser demo so much and wanted to give back) and to me it feels like a Rhythm Paradise minigame that never existed, and one that has been iterated on enough times to make a whole game out of it. The one-button format sounds like it would get easy, or boring, but the amount of variety on display makes me keen to see what the full game will offer, and trying to complete songs in the demo without making mistakes is pretty challenging. It’s one of the more creative rhythm games I’ve seen, with a number of fun twists on the basic format (although one person’s creative is another person’s “gimmicky”!)

 

Anyway, the Steam page says it’s out next Friday, and the game’s own website says “EARLY ACCESS COMING TO STEAM FEBRUARY 2021“ so I’ve made this little thread in the hope that it doesn’t slip! The website also has a “demo” link but this goes to the original Flash concept. However there’s also an “offline” sampler if you scroll to the end of the itch page.

 

https://rhythmdr.com

https://store.steampowered.com/app/774181/

 

E: I understand it’s also coming to Switch and mobile but those releases will be tweaked slightly due to PC-specific things that probably can’t be done on the other platforms. Insert your “PC is the definitive version!” master race comments below... ;) 

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IT'S HAPPENING. Well, nearly.

 

It's not out yet, but I've got a Steam key. Basically when I sent my donation ages ago, the creator said that he'd kindly send a Steam key for the full game when it was released. I'm a bit clueless when it comes to itch and preorders and keys, but this morning I went to a link he included and sure enough it's been updated with a key. I won't be able to install it until the game's actually out, but it's in my library...

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I had a pretty good afternoon with A Dance of Fire and Ice.

 

Just had an email telling me Rhythm Doctor is now in Early Access :) Been looking forward to this for ages so this is an instant buy for me, and as an added bonus it's 10% off.

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I've only tried a handful of stages so far, but they've added a lot of stuff since the pre-order demo I tried.

 

Obviously make sure that your calibration is on point when you get started, and you should be fine. :) 

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I made it to the credits song this evening, but there are still better grades, hard variants and a few unlockables to get around to. :D 

 

The little bits of dialogue that set up each song are quite charming, and the pixel art characters are great. :wub: Current favourite jams are probably Sleepy Garden and Distant Duet. ^_^

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Nice - glad that someone else is enjoying it. :) 

 

100% on my save file now. ^_^ Steam says that doing all of that took 20.1 hours (although some of that was just me replaying stages for fun.) You pretty much have to play every stage perfectly to get 100% - this includes the harder "night" variants you unlock, and the boss stages (so your regular stages should have an S+ rating whilst the status for each boss level should say "Perfect!" instead of "Completed!")

 

Before today I had a lot of gaps in my completion - the day and night stages of area 4 (seven in total) were very tricky to get perfect scores on, and in some cases I ended up playing with the song speed to help with practicing (although I think you can play a song on the slow speed and it will still count towards your completion %. But I still wanted to do it legit.) Other stages that took a while included 3-3, 3-X and a bonus minigame in area 2... and some of the songs are pretty long so there's a lot to get right.

 

It is an early access thing though, and I think they were considering extra content, so I don't know if I'll maintain that 100%!

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