ConsoleMonster Review: Rhythm Heaven

The rhythm game genre wasn't always all about dancing and playing plastic faux instruments. At the genre's beginnings, games like PaRappa the Rapper and Space Channel 5 were the Broadway musicals of the gaming world, telling simple, sweeping stories with the aid of catchy songs; evocative "set design" and basic, call-and-response, button-tapping gameplay. Rhythm games like Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero and Rock Band have turned this quirky niche into a mainstream obsession.

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