A Review: Simplicity + charm + rhythm = Rhythm Heaven Fever for Wii

At first I was surprised that Rhythm Heaven Fever didn’t include motion in its control scheme. The controls, in fact, are infinitely simple: the “A” and “B” buttons are essentially the summary of control for the entire game. Upon thinking about this, I decided it was for the game’s benefit. Rhythm is a precise art (trust me, I know). Motion control is not a precise art. Conclusion? The simplicity of this control scheme is nothing short of brilliant! While other rhythm games rely on bulky peripherals or imprecise motion control, Rhythm Heaven Fever nails the idea of actual rhythm with its blessed simplicity!

The game is set up in a series of short-but-sweet minigames arranged in columns of five. The final game in each column is a remix of the previous four. As you progress through the game, opportunities to unlock extras like music and reading material by earning perfect scores on minigames open up. These windows of opportunity are open for a limited time/tries only, but, even if you fail, will open up again eventually. This arrangement really lends itself to the game’s playability. You’ll feel driven to play the game, open up opportunities for perfect scores, and earn the game’s unlockables.

Rhythm Heaven Fever excels in the charm factor. It’s a rhythm game, but the activities you participate in are hardly related to music. In one game, you’ll kick balls away from a pair of weasels on a date so that your own date will be content. In another, you’ll find yourself in the shoes of an aspiring tap dancer. In yet another, you must march in time with a group of seals in order to please a strict captain. The game’s graphics are cartoony, and this works really well.

Rhythm Heaven Fever has a two-player mode that is welcome, but far too shallow. Only a fraction of the games from single-player make it to the two-player mode. Also, I think, in addition to adding more games to the multi-player mode, a four-player option could have been incorporated easily enough.

Rhythm Heaven Fever also has no online play to speak of, which is lamentable.

But I think “simple” is what the developers of Rhythm Heaven Fever were shooting for. And for a slim $29.99, I give it my full recommendation.

This review will serve as my final post on Infendo. I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to serve you all like I should, what with school, work, and my personal blog taking up so much of my time. It’s been a pleasure!

9 Responses to A Review: Simplicity + charm + rhythm = Rhythm Heaven Fever for Wii

  1. Richard says:

    I loved the DS Rhythm Heaven, but have put off buying this sequel until now; this review just convinced me to finally give it a shot!

    Holly, I’m very sorry to hear this is your last Infendo post. I’ve really enjoyed your articles. Thanks for starting the Infendo Mario Kart 7 community, too! All the best with everything, and I look forward to reading more fun posts on your blog!

  2. Job says:

    This game did not get enough attention. It’s so simple to play with so much variety. I recommend this game to everyone, it’s only $30. So far, it’s my favorite game of the year. If you enjoyed WarioWare, you’ll love Rhythm Heaven.

    Sad to hear you’re leaving Holly. I wish you the best. Thanks for leaving on a high-note, I love this game πŸ™‚

  3. Kaisi says:

    Yes!! Ever since I’d heard that it was coming out for the Wii, I had my eyes on Rhythm Heaven Fever. All those little sound effects and jingles would make great ringtones.

    Wish you the best on your adventures Holly!

  4. Holly says:

    @ Richard
    Oh yeah, for anyone who enjoyed the DS version, Fever is a no-brainer! I absolutely love it!

    @ Job
    Thanks, I’m sad about it myself. But it’s true, this game hasn’t gotten the praise and attention it deserves! It’s probably my second-favorite game of the year so far, next to Kid Icarus: Uprising, but that’s really saying something!

    @ Kaisi
    Thank you very much!

  5. Kaherka says:

    I LOVED the DS version. But I tried the Wii version at the store, and I couldn’t even get past the very first tutorial it was so hard. So I guess I won’t be buying it.

  6. frstOne says:

    Rhythm Heaven Fever is a really great game, but it’s not as incredibly awesome as the DS one.

    Rhythm Heaven for DS is a 10 out of 10 for me (it’s in my top 5 games of all time). Fever is about a 9 out of 10. The situations presented on DS are more interesting and fun, the touch controls are better than buttons, and there are more memorable songs on DS.

    But this doesn’t mean Fever won’t probably be my Game of the Year πŸ˜€

    @Holly: We’ll miss you :). Good luck with all your projects!

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