Be a Supporter!

Rhythm Doctor

rated 4.25 / 5 stars
Share Links:

Credits & Info

Jan 4, 2013 | 2:04 PM EST

If you liked this, check these out!


Log in to save your medals! Don't have an account? Create one for free!

Glitchtastic 25 Points Beat the boss level
Hopeless Romantic 25 Points A-Rank in Intimate
Mission Accomplished 25 Points Beat the final level of the demo
Pearl Jam of the Orient 25 Points A-Rank in Oriental Techno
Wubwubwub 50 Points A-Rank in Oriental Techno (Hard)
Secrets 100 Points Unlock the secret stage!
Perfection! Secret Medal: Unlock this medal to view its details!

Author Comments

8/8/16 - Alright fixed! Thanks to Tom Fulp and Psycho Goldfish for such a quick response!

7/8/16 - Holy wow its been a long time. In the past two years Flash did some changes that meant the old version stopped loading songs. I'm gonna update this one soon to make it work here, in the meantime there's a working version at!!

5/4/14 - Updated with new BOSS LEVEL! Also: Press CapsLock during a level to toggle an experimental 2-player version. P2 uses the L key. It might make some of the multi-row levels easier ;) (And also, hallelujah Chrome has been updated so there aren't latency problems any more! At least on Windows, dunno about Mac.) Thanks again for the reviews and feedback, it is really nice that a lot of you are enjoying the game.


10/2/14 - Thank you so much for the reviews and suggestions, we always read each one, and they're what keeps us going!

11/1/13 - Hit window has been tightened up a bit following more playtesting.

10/1/13 - Feedback dialogue upon failing a level is now skippable! Thanks to the suggestions in the comments, and the NG team for featuring the game.

Edit: Thank you for all the kind words people :) We're trying hard to get this game sponsored so we can dole out the full version. So if you liked it, rating this game on the sidebar (even multiple times!) to the left would be very charitable of you and help increase the game's visibility in this Flash jungle. The review scores don't count towards the rating, so if you wrote a review it would doubly help if you rated on the sidebar too. WE LOVE YOU!

Oh, unlocking the secret level involves perfecting a particularly hard level. It's.. for your own good.


Browser: Anything but Chrome (update: Should now work on Chrome if it's the latest version of Chrome! Right click the game and check the version of the Chrome Flash is at least 12.0!)
Flash Player: 11.4 or above

IF YOU INSIST ON USING (an old) CHROME: The Chrome problem is not specific to this game, but affects all games. It's just this game requires a degree of accuracy so high that the tiny lag caused by Chrome's inbuilt Flash Player is enough to throw the timing off. YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK IN CHROME by going to chrome://plugins and disabling all plugins with 'PepperFlash' in the location. This will make it use the normal Flash player like the other browsers, if you have it installed.

IF YOU ARE USING LINUX: The latest Flash version for you is 11.2 which unfortunately doesn't include the amazing sound latency update. The game should still be playable, the only difference being that the audiophiles will notice a 0.1s latency between pressing a key and hearing its sound effect. However if you're used to playing flash games on 11.2 and have never noticed this then it shouldn't affect you! Just press enter at the warning.

Rhythm Doctor is a tough ONE-BUTTON rhythm game heavily inspired by Rhythm Heaven!

For those who played Rhythm Heaven, the defining feature of the series is the extremely strict margin of error, compared to any other music game out there. This means many people even realise their rhythm is a little off until they play Rhythm Heaven. My game seeks to emulate that feeling :)

Many. many hours have been spent making the engine accurate. After extensive testing we found a calibration that worked for all browsers except Chrome, which lags due to it using PepperFlash. Enjoy!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is the rhythm game I never knew I wanted!

The one-button mechanics for either one line or multiple lines is so simple that it works well. It also really helps that you set up each beat segment so the player learns how to handle it before introducing the next. This is especially well illustrated in levels with more than two lines.

The songs are fantastic, with one exception: Matchbox Twenty. I know you were just experimenting with how well this concept works with pop songs, and I'd have to say that it doesn't work. I'd recommend concentrating on the kind of lyric-less songs that occupy the rest of the game.

Level two is so sweet <3, the boss is surprisingly epic - who knew that kind of glitchiness could work so well in a rhythm game?

(Another recommendation: If getting a perfect on the boss level adds to your NHS Approval Rate, then there should be some way to track your rank of the boss level on the menu screen. It's not a big deal right now, but if you add more bosses it will be.)

The claps of the seventh beats, when they're all pressed correctly across different lines, really make a great rhythm together! And that adds to the game feel a lot.

Overall the presentation is stellar. I've S-ranked everything except the bonuses, though it was a challenge! I hope you continue to develop this game, either in flash or even trying to move it to Steam or something of the kind.

Now if you'll excuse me, I want to go download those cool songs!

People find this review helpful!
fizzd responds:

hey, glad you like it and got what we were going for with the game design! And yeah we are staying away from pop songs, that one in the demo was just a fun thing just for kicks.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This game is amazing i love the music and really like the art one of the best rhythm games on Newgrounds.

People find this review helpful!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

As far as rhythm games go, this is probably the best one I've ever played. After the first boss, I was blown away by how incredibly fun a one-button game could be. This is a beautiful example of someone taking a very simple (and not necessarily unique) idea and running with it, adding every mechanic possible, building off of it more and more until it does become something unique and truly wonderful. There needs to be more games that do that.

My only points of criticism is that the text on the level selection screen auto-advances, so I might miss some of it. Also, the screen at the end of the level where it shows the rank you got takes a little too long.

4.5/5 stars.

fizzd responds:

Thank you so much, that's a high compliment. :) Noted on your points of criticism.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fantastic. Just, fantastic.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love this game, as well as 'A dance of fir and ice', I've always loved rythm games, and Rythm doctor is one of the most fun rythm games I hav ever played. I hope you guys make a lot more great content like this! :D