Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure

released on Jan 19, 2012
by Sega



Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure

released on Jan 19, 2012
by Sega



Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure sees players enter the secret life of Raphael, infamous among Parisians as an honorable thief for stealing famous works of art only to return them days later. Dive into Raphael's world and help him find the Wristlet of Tiamat to unmask the mystery behind his father's disappearance. While unravelling the truth players will encounter an assortment of different rhythm challenges to master. Tap the screen, swipe the stylus and control the gyro to the beat of the music to maneuver Raphael through the unique streets of Paris, brought to life by stylish animations and vibrant 3D maps and landscapes.

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You know how Persona 5 got praised endlessly for its style and artistic direction? Well I would like to inform that SEGA had another banger stylish game on its catalogue even before the Phantom Thieves came to town....

Rhythm Thief has a really cool concept, is a rhythm game based on a series of minigames, that blend together to narrate a simple but charming story.... in a way it's very reminiscent of Rhythm Heaven, but with a style that keeps a specific flavor to the whole experience.
If I gotta be honest, not of the minigames have the same quality: some of them feel to clunky, some of them required a too precise time and can be kinda frustrating sometimes, and others require the "totally accurate" 3DS motion controls.

But the presentation and the characters makes you still go on, and enjoy a really nice set of events, while listening to an incredible soundtrack, that not only mix great compositions that mix jazz and detective-like vibes, but also throwbacks to Space Channel 5 and Samba de Amigo.

Overall, I feel it's a great time. It's a shame SEGA never gave it a second chance. Give it a shot if you crave for more SEGA rhythm games.

Pretty fun game!
It's very much a Professor Layton game, but instead of brain teaser puzzles, it's sorta Rhythm Heaven style minigames. The concept works well, and the charm this game has is great.

Unfortunately this game kinda falters with the minigames, which sucks when that's the main appeal of the game. They're a real mixed bag. Some of them are great, fun, goofy, well designed, and feel good to play. And then some of them require motion controls, so you're stuck trying to awkwardly time moving the 3DS to a prompt while also having to look at the screen to see whats coming up. That doesn't mesh well.

A lot of the minigames also just have some really unfair prompts. Like they come too fast for you to really react properly. The minigames also aren't tutorialized at all except with a tiny bit of text at the start, so you really just have to try and figure it out as you go. It's usually fine, but there were some that weren't.

I also wasn't a fan of how they did their letter grading. I had one game where I was doing really well, had maybe only missed one or two beats. The bar said I had an A rank, I missed the last beat, and it instantly threw me down to a D. Most other minigames also felt really punishing like that, which didn't feel great given the lack of tutorialization and occasional unfair pattern.

But anyways, everything else about this game was solid. Story was decent, the graphics are fun, the vibe is great, the writing was fun. The rest of this game is really what makes it shine in my eyes, and kinda makes the game still worth it despite my issues with some of the rhythm games.

And of course the music is great. It's a mix between big band jazz and your typical noir detective soundtrack, and it works really well.

Overall, I still think this game is definitely worth playing. Most of the minigames are largely fine, and I think there was only one or two required minigames that were really bad. It's a fun and charming game, and if you like Professor Layton and Rhythm Games, you'll probably get some fun out of this.

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Rhythm Heaven meets Professor Layton! Unfortunately, it can’t seem to outshine either.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure was the best rhythm game I've played on the 3ds and also the best 3ds game for me.

I found out about this game some time ago in a video that showed a stage 2 and I thought it was interesting and the last game I had played on rhytm was horrible (American idol on GBA) so I gave it a go.

The story of Raphael, Marie and his dog Fondue is one of the most creative stories I've ever seen in a handheld game, I love the main villain, I love their motives and the final plot of the game is incredible. The 2d character art is beautiful and unique and the 3d models are even better.

At the beginning of the stages you'll get off to a very bad start and as you go along you'll perfect the timing until you reach a point where you'll have the game's music stuck in your head, I still know the music for the first stage and the second stage on my mind.
The gameplay is very good, I loved the rhythm stages of the statues, the dance stages and also Maria's violin stages, especially Notre Dame, the stages where you have to move the 3ds are weak, especially Stage 31, which was the most challenging, however this game influences you to finish, it's what contaminates you when you play.

I'm sad that the game doesn't have a sequel, and European aversion is very expensive these days, but on the other hand I'm happy that this master piece of rhythm games hasn't been destroyed by poor sequels. Maybe one day they'll release a remake or remaster, perhaps for the current generation, which I might play.

All in all, the game is worth playing and is a better 3ds experience.