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Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure (Nintendo 3DS)

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Platform : Nintendo 3DS
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  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Release Date: 5 April 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,052 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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You'll need your sharpest sleuthing skills and some stellar dance moves as rhythm games get a twist of mystery in this all-action, toe-tapping title, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure combines a gripping story and a groovy beat as you take control of sharp-suited thief, Raphael, famous for stealing paintings only to return them several days later. You're on the case as you try to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance, all the while deftly dodging the police, sidestepping museum guards - and running into the Emperor Napoleon!

The action takes place in a gorgeously-rendered anime-style Paris, its bright lights and iconic landmarks brought to vivid life courtesy of the Nintendo 3DS. You'll race round the city, cracking puzzles, uncovering clues, and pilfering precious artworks - always returning the loot, of course.

The action ranges from thrilling rooftop chases to furtive visits to museums at night, pulling poses to match the statues and outfox the guards.


  • Collect fans via StreetPass by taking part in dance challenges, triggering new missions and encounters with new characters.
  • Take on a friend in one of eight multiplayer levels, including dancing, shooting, and infiltration minigames.
  • Tap the screen, swipe the stylus, control the gyro to the beat of the music to manoeuvre Raphael in the variety of rhythm-based challenges.
  • Dive into the world of Raphael and get immersed in this colourful adventure with 3D maps and stylish animation that bring the streets of Paris to life.
  • Unearth the clues hidden behind treasures scattered around Paris to unmask the truth about Raphael and the secret of the city.

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I got this game as a late birthday present and, thanks to amazon, it arrived much earlier than expected.

My summary of this game is, well nothing more than spectacular! The graphics in the gameplay are unique and creative (although some might find them too unique and a somewhat "fuzzy" style), the little animated cutscenes that come up once in a while are cute and corny and also help you understand more about the storyline itself. Finaly the plot and characters in the game are what really moulds the thing together. (eventhough its very japanese!) The story is set in the beatiful city of paris (im not being too positive)and in a small apartment ,near the town, lives you, Raphael, an eightien year old boy who's father strangely disapered 3 years ago. You seem to be a very naive boy but you have a secret, you are also the infamous thief, Phanton R. The idea is that you have to try and find your father while dancing with the rhythem to escape a bunch "cops" unitill you meet a girl named Marie who (oh yeah, you have a dog) plays the voilin...yeah. Next thing you know, your in search of HER MOTHER too and going through amazing missions(including tilting the 3ds system all over the place) playing the violin and batteling an evil dude (who I will not tell you about because you can find him out yourself!) While your doing all this, you may discover that the game is really short! Belive me! I even felt a little sad and miserable because I had copleted the game on my 2nd day of getting it! But you will still enjoy the fun adventure you will go through! The game is quite easy too, it's the first time I've completed a game without my brother helping out in nearly every level! :D Plese comment to me! Bye! Sega make a sequel!
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Having bought this on the strength of the demo (see Nintendo, they do work!) I haven't been disappointed. It's a sort of Professor Layton meets Elite Beat Agents mash up. You play "Phantom R", a young art thief searching for his missing father. The action is set in Paris, which is charmingly rendered and the meat of the action is in the rhythm games which have a good variety to them. Like the best games in the genre, when it all comes together it makes you feel like you really do have some great musical talent which I can assure you I do not. The situations are amusing ("no-one can escape the police rollerskating division!"). I defy anyone not to smile at this game!

There are some puzzles too, but these are fairly simplistic, which is ok for me as I don't really want distracted too much from the core musical elements.

Downsides are few - it is fairly easy (you won't fail many games even on your first try), so the challenge will be to get 'A' ranks which makes the rather loose scoring scheme a bit of a disappointment. It also doesn't autosave which is rather a throwback in the world of video games, so an absent minding exiting could cost you quite a bit of progress! (On the plus side, it has 3 save slots).

The 3D is good, though cross-talk is an issue with the art style, and it is hard to keep from jiggling about to the music, which plays havoc with the stereoscopic effect. Arguably those are system problems (although the latest Nintendo first party offerings have made good progress in mitigating these 3D issues).

In summary, a fine and charming little game.

EDIT: I have now completed this game, and feel it only fair to update my review. I complained above it was fairly easy, but the challenge level REALLY ramps up towards the end. Luckily you can buy "items" with in game currency to help you get through. So, if you are holding of as you are afraid it is not challenging, don't be!
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Rhythm games are not my sort of thing. That's why I found myself surprised to be enjoying this game so much. The main advantage that this game has over its competitors is a good story, with gameplay features borrowed from Professor Layton, and extremely catchy beats. I found myself humming the tunes from this fairly shortly after playing it for the first time.

The plot of the game is focused around a young Frenchman called Raphael, who goes around by night disguised as the notorious Phantom R, an art thief of great style and sophistication. The police are baffled at the ability of this young redheaded thief in a fashionable suit and fedora to disappear. Undoubtedly they asked the random redheaded civilian with glasses and no hat for information, but he didn't see anything. It's that kind of game. Raphael is searching for his father, who went missing years before. During his pursuit he finds himself entwined in the risen Emperor Napoleon's dastardly plans to take over the world. Fortunately his men are susceptible to timed dance moves.

Sound ridiculous? Good, it's meant to. The plot is one of the most entertaining things about this game. Amusing and insane it takes our heroes on a tour of Paris and its environs. And Paris is very much on display here. The city looks gorgeous, even in the 2D that dominates the gameplay. When you do get to see a cinematic cutscene (in glorious 3D no less) it really sours.

The rhythm games are cleverly based around this plot. For example, when sneaking into the Louvre you have to follow a beat to hide behind convenient statues and avoid the guards. When fighting Napoleon's men you have to punch them as they bounce at you in synchronized fashion. When eluding policemen on roller skates you have to jump or duck to avoid capture.
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