Developer: Monad
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Rhythm Spirit is the most original game that I have possibly ever played on the iPhone. Being a rhythm game, it does have some of the same game mechanics that other rhythm games have, but the way that the rhythm is used is what sets this one apart.

Like all other games in the genre, you get a few lines (2 in this case) with circles that have their corresponding buttons on them. When the circle hits its endpoint, you have to hit it. I’m sure you’ve played, or at least seen Guitar Hero before… same concept.

In Rhythm Spirit, this system is used as more of a battle dance than a just a button mashing fest. While there is a song playing in the background, its beat matches the fight that’s going on. Hit a button and you either hit an attack or successfully dodge, miss a button and you get hit. If you play well enough you win the battle and make it to the next level.

To set up each level, there is a surprisingly good story that unfolds before and after each battle. The story is definitely Asian influenced, as is most of the game, as it takes you from bonding with a spirit to fighting the ever oppressive “evil”. There are only 10 levels, so the story isn’t too in depth, but it’s great for what it is.

I don’t want to sound like a salesman, but on top of the great gameplay and fun story, the graphics are fantastic. Unfortunately you have to spend most of your time concentrating on circles, but out of your peripheral vision you’ll see a great battle unfolding. The battles work so well with the sound though that you can almost anticipate what will happen on the screen, so you can get a quick glimpse if something big is going to happen.

If you like rhythm games at all, or even just games in general and have any sense of timing, Rhythm Spirit is for you. It looks great, plays great, and is one of the most unique experiences that you will find in the App Store.

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