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Rhythm Doctor

rated 4.25 / 5 stars
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Jan 4, 2013 | 2:04 PM EST

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Glitchtastic 25 Points Beat the boss level
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Mission Accomplished 25 Points Beat the final level of the demo
Pearl Jam of the Orient 25 Points A-Rank in Oriental Techno
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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

Wow, Catchy! Has anyone noted that on the tier select if you select a tier by pressing s, the song will slow down, and if you press D, you get double speed. and if you get and S(which is getting a perfect) on Tier 3 Night Shift you unlock Tier 6, this will come out as a hit! I feel it in my bones.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Negative first: The slow text after failing a level really has to go. When I play a challenging game, I want to be able to jump right back in and try again immediately. As is, I was too frustrated from all the nonsense in between attempts to perfect the harder levels, and that's a shame since I actually LIKED the levels.

Also, it'd be nice if I could choose a different key to press. Like enter, or even backspace. If I'm only pressing one button, I'd like to center my whole hand around the button, and space-bar feels a little awkward for that.

And that's it for the negative stuff.

This is an extremely promising demo. I've played a lot of rhythm games on newgrounds and been disappointed, but this one really stands out! It really works on all levels. The mechanic works well and I like how you even threw in a little emotional context on the schmaltzy level 2. It made me smile. The retro aesthetic is pleasant, and most importantly- THE GAME ACTUALLY WORKS! I didn't have any synching issues at all. Too many rhythm games are killed at the technical level, and I'm very glad you avoided that pitfall.

This definitely feels like professional quality. If you put up a kickstarter, I'd love to throw in a few bucks to support the game. Excellent work. Make it happen!

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fizzd responds:

Good suggestions, thanks! Just uploaded a new version allowing to skip the fail dialogue, and allow many different alternative keys to be used: Z,X, Backspace, Enter, Shift. But yeah letting you choose is a good one i hope to implement. And yeah glad you appreciate the fact that the syncing works! 50+ hours were sunk solely on making sure it was reliable, the engine was redone like three times - almost gave up and called it impossible, haha.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Original concept, amazing visuals, fun music, and very engaging! Bravo! :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I havent seen such good music games in a while now! You game is really great. With simple and effective conecpt this game gets my 5 stars! Waiting for full game!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Sorry for my English. /

Wa, the level of this game is galaxy. This game is really awesome and fun but pressing at the 7th beat is something confusing me. Anway, this game is pretty good, wait for your completed awesome work!

My English and my feedback writing skill is bad so I can't say much helpful things for you but at least please take my 5 stars!