Friday, 16 May 2008

Oshiri Kajiri Mushi no Rhythm Lesson DS

Format: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 10th April 2008 (Japan)
Official Site

In 2007, a song appeared on Japanese TV show Minna no Uta featuring a 'bottom-biting bug' which went on to break the top 10 in Japan. The song features the bug shown above who bites people on the ass in order to get closer to one another.

For one reason or another, this concept was translated into a game for the DS in Japan and falls into the rhythm action genre.

As the game is intended for young Japanese children, the gameplay is neither deep nor difficult, but the game still manages to be highly entertaining, especially if you are a fan of this sort of uniquely Japanese type of thing.

Gameplay revolves around the touchscreen. There will be an instrument (initially a tambourine) and stars laid out in a circle around the screen. Once the Mushi avatar passes each star, you tap the instrument in order to play along to the song. To start off with, this is very easy and basic but eventually, once the instrument advances to drums (which gives you 3 different drums to hit and slightly more complex rhythms to play) and then xylophone, (amongst others) things gradually get a little harder and more complex, but never become a struggle to get through.

The lack of difficulty and repetitiveness is countered by the sheer amount of levels to play through. There are over 100 stages which is impressive even if several of the musical tunes are reused constantly, albeit on different instruments.

In addition to the main story mode, there are other options such as the ability to enter free mode where you can play around with different instruments with no time limit or score to beat which is a nice touch.

Also worth pointing out that the first print of the game came with a pretty cool bag which, although I'm not going to use it, is nice to have!

Overall, if you are a fan of either rhythm action games or oddball Japanese games (DS or otherwise) then this is well worth your time and money.

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