Radiohammer was originally released on the iOS and Android in 2014 that received popular attention for its colorful visuals and gameplay. After spawning a sequel known as Radiohammer Station, the original has finally been localized for the Nintendo 3DS. Reminiscent of other rhythm titles like Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX and Theatrhytm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, Radiohammer is a charming game that rhythm and music fans will adore on the Nintendo 3DS.

The game has a silly and comical plot that revolves around a popular DJ radio station. Each DJ has their own unique story as the purpose of the station is to help rid the world of evil enemies and perverts all to the sync of the featured songs. There are four playable DJs: July Ann, MC Wayne, Simply Lita and Celia. Enemies range from mutated aliens, zombies and perverts with each DJ equipped with a large hammer of destruction to jive to the music and eliminate their foes. As it’s a rhythm game, accuracy plays a role as the number of hits you land on enemies range from Perfect down to Bad on the grade scale. Developed by Arc System Works, there is a strong influence and resemblance to the BlazBlue and Guilty Gear series as much focus is placed on accuracy, timing, combo hits and the overall musical atmosphere. The blue bar gradually fills as you clear enemies away and once filled, it will allow you to consecutively land “Perfect” hits on all surrounding enemies for a short time. Music and rhythm fans will be delighted to learn that there are over 50 song selections that are accessible throughout the game.

Presents can be picked up by the DJs between enemy waves that serve as gifted power-ups for your respective character. You’ll need to keep a close eye for traps disguised as presents in the game that negatively the DJs if they are collected in a mistaken frenzy. The repeated action of hammering your enemies doesn’t get old quickly thanks to the song selection and timed inputs of attacks to sync with the song’s beat and tempo. Be warned of the steep difficulty curve as the game may be overwhelming for those new to music or rhythm-based games on the 3DS. This can feel like a chore when you are stuck in a single stage as the DJs are given 15 episodes to fight their enemies and confront a final boss at the end of every episode. The timing of hammer attacks will require trial and error at the start as the game gets considerably harder in the latter episodes.

Otherworld Mode is ideal for rhythm fans who love a challenge as the game speed and action are increased for more intensive gameplay. Though tempting, button mashing will not allow you to survive the onslaught as this mode is not for the faint of heart as it puts your rhythmic and timing skills to the ultimate test. The Juke Box allows you to listen to your favorite tunes if you wish to get your funk on as a break from the main story branches. The game is enjoyable while it lasts as it feels short once you’ve completed all the episodes in high standings.

Radiohammer is a short and solid game to be enjoyed sporadically on the Nintendo 3DS. The game shows promise with its story and presentation but the game suffers due to the lack of depth and overall replay value. While it may not garner the same attention as other rhythm-based games, the vibrant visuals, cute characters and appealing gameplay make it the perfect rhythm game to own this holiday season.

SCORE – 70%

This review is based on a digital copy of Radiohammer on the Nintendo 3DS provided by Aksys Games

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