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Rhythm Doctor

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Jan 4, 2013 | 2:04 PM EST

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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!
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Author Comments

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! The Newgrounds version is now slightly old, there is an updated version here with one extra level: I will get the Newgrounds version to match that one soon hopefully! And stay tuned for the full version somewhere far in the distant future...

11/1/13 - Hit window has been tightened up a bit following more playtesting. Songs are hosted on Dropbox btw, so if it says loading 0% for more than a few seconds then Dropbox is down! Doesn't happen often though, they're quite reliable.

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. You may need to Ctrl-F5 (or the Mac/Linux equivalent) the page to clear your cache and get it to load the newer version.

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!

<<This is still a WIP, three level demo so far. Stay tuned for the final version!>>



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Such an awesome game! Got a bit frustrating waiting for the text after each level, but I got over it eventually. Look forward to playing the full version.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This was a lot of fun, and a nice change of pace from other rhythm games that required coordination between multiple keys. I liked being able to focus on the rhythm, and ONLY the rhythm. It seemed fairly easy up until Hard mode on 3rd level, which totally kicked my ass! After a little practice, I had A's for all three levels in both difficulties. I'm not sure how to unlock the "secret stage" or what the secret medal is though. I thought it might include playing through the 4th stage, but I made it through the entire song and quit from boredom. Anyway, I look forward to the full game and even more difficult levels!

fizzd responds:

To save you trouble, unlocking the secret stage just involves perfecting the Tier 3 Hard level. Probably should mention that in the description actually. Thanks for playing!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great game


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I've said this before, but I'll say it again. This game encapsulates the same quirky feeling that Rhythm Heaven and EBA/Ouendan gave me when I played those games. It's simple to play, hard to master style made me really enjoy it.

The timing is great, as it's on the same level of accuracy of the Rhythm Heaven games. There was never a time where I thought "I missed even though I pressed it?" If I missed it, it was my own fault, not the game. Classy and the secret level threw in interesting gameplay changes that I wouldn't mind seeing more of. It was hard at first but being use to Rhythm Heaven, I manged to catch on quickly and it sounded great.

The music is enjoyable. A rhythm game is nothing without the music and I think you chose the songs well. They just seemed to fit well with the levels you paired them with.

Comparing it to the last time I played it, it's nice to see that you cleaned up Classy (Hard) to use 4 different characters rather than 4 samurai. However, now that burden is on the secret level. Even though it's not a big deal, doing something like you did for Classy (Hard) would make it slightly more appealing to me. Again, it's not that big of a deal and I know it's a WIP. I can only hope that there'll be more characters that will appear in the later levels so it's not just the 4 characters already shown.

I shouldn't hype myself up for a game like I'm doing right now, but with rhythm games like this, it's hard for me to resist. I look forward to playing another demo or the finished game. Keep up the good job :V

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fizzd responds:

wooohooo someone unlocked the secret level!! Sorry it's not quite as polished as the rest of the levels, as it was really a last minute decision to include it, since we hadn't designed the characters for that level yet. The samurai are just the default placeholders for now. But yes, there's a whole parade of characters coming up in the finished game. our pixel artist winston is on fire!! :o or at least we hope, lol


Rated 5 / 5 stars

this game is great it is definitely something i could play for hours