RHYTHM THIEF & the Paris Caper Review
- Simple rhythm gameplay
- Good variety of game types
- Tight controls
- Music isn’t catchy enough
- Too easy to offer lasting challenge
- An unstable connection can loose your unsaved progress
Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper's uninspired music, lack of creativity, and internet connection requirement mean that it is only really going appeal if you want to play a simple - but pretty - music game while draining your dataplan.
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Using the music mechanics established in the dance-tastic 3DS game Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, Sega has just brought the series to iOS with Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper.
The game's story follows Raphael, a character who, despite his youth, is already a renowned thief. His father has suddenly disappeared under mysterious ciircumstances, leaving behind only a coin with a strange mark on it. Deciding his criminal skills can help him find his missing parent, Raphael begins to search.
Strangely, Raphael's clandestine activities take the form of rhythm-based games. There is a good variety of different challenges, but each demands you perform some variation of tapping or swiping in time to music.
Which challenge you'll face depends on the story, with Raphael either fighting off guards, avoiding detection from museum security, or dancing on a stage outside the Louvre. We're not sure how that last one helps Raphael get his Dad back, but it is kinda fun.
Unfortunately, while the action is entertaining, the soundtrack lacks the catchy tunes that encourage replays. Because of this, it is probably a good thing that the challenges are quite forgiving. The game is pretty lenient when judging whether or not you hit the beat. And, if you have to try again, you'll often be given the option the reduce the difficulty even further.
While this makes Rhythm Thief accessible, it also reduces any desire you might have to revisit the main story. The only real reason to replay a level is to either snag the S+ rank, or because the network connection drops and the game decides to lose all unsaved progress. This forces those looking to really test their abilities to rely on the more difficult daily challenges, or purchase additional stages via IAPs.
The game's relatively tight controls and handsome visuals prevent it from being a complete failure. However, the uninspired music, lack of creativity, and internet connection requirement mean that it is only really going appeal if you want to play a simple - but pretty - music game while draining your dataplan.
DescriptionNote: Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. This game, including all in-game tutorials, supports English only. A network connection is required to play.
Rhythm Thief is a unique rhythm-based adventure game that will test your timing, quickness and style. Rhythm is your ally as you dance, fight, and steal your way across missions, challenges, and mini-games.
Pull off crazy capers and foil your nemesis Napoleon as he tries to stop you from finding out the truth behind your father’s disappearance. Set in Paris, you will tap to the beat on the Champs-Elysees, sneak past guards in The Louvre, and explore the City of Lights.
Collect rewards from successful missions to purchase new outfits. Recruit accomplices to pull off the perfect caper and use your loot to upgrade your team to form the ultimate crew. Even borrow your real friends’ accomplices to complete challenging missions.
A Big Rhythm Adventure
• Over 50 different missions
• Over 20 original songs with three variations
• Special and limited-time missions
• Unlock new rhythm games and ‘Super Hard Missions’
• Customizable costumes that increase your abilities
Rhythm Gaming for Everyone
• Intuitive touch controls
• A wide variety of tap and swipe rhythm games
• Progressively challenging missions
Get Help to Pull-off Big Capers
• Recruit a crack team of in-game accomplices. Super-rare accomplices can be earned in special events.
• Even borrow your friends’ character to overcome difficult missions and tracks
New Adventures Await
• Complete the story and new adventure await with new side-stories, games and expert difficulty levels released regularly as in-app purchases