Cubes, Drilling and Music, Jubeat
And we are back to rhythm gaming. This one is fairly simple in the beginning and becomes difficult, the more you play. Wait? What? Isn’t that what all games are supposed to be? Right. Okay, you got me there.
Jubeat is already a relatively old rhythm game. I didn’t play it until 2012 or 2013, but it’s out in Japan since 2008 actually. This game from Konami relies on you to hit buttons on a 4x4 grid in time, when they light up. It’s pretty much a whack-a-mole type of game, but instead of hitting randomly popping up moles on the head for points, you push buttons to the rhythm of the music.
The buttons are one part of the display, while there is another one right above with gaming information. Track selection goes of course via the play panel.
One game is three songs. As with most rhythm games. Be aware, not all though. As you chose the song, the start panel shows you, which buttons to hit at first. After that, you are pretty much on your own. Easy, or basic level, is easy enough, that you can quickly get into the game. With big hands like mine, you can even play it one-handed (to hold your camera in the other and take pictures) and clear the game. You won’t be able to get full combo that way easily or a very high rank, but it works. I recommend playing with both hands though. You want to hit the cubes at the right time to get Perfect and therefore the most points. But even a Good, which is a little too slow, or a Fast, which of course means you hit a little early, grant you quite some points and a Combo counter.
Before you actually play the game, the systems looks for a competitor for you. This is nationwide for Japan. Anyone, that is playing the same song as you, at any Jubeat in Japan, could become your opponent. Up to 4 people can play against each other at a time. If there is no other, it goes automatically into single player mode.
While Jubeat isn’t the only game anymore, that allows you to play against people all over Japan, it was one of the first. Other games where mostly restricted to playing against people next to you. In single player mode, you only have to worry about your own score so much, as you want to make as many dig points as possible. In multiplayer, you want to be No.1 for the extra points and the bragging rights.
After all your songs are played, it’s time to dig. The more dig points you have, the further down you can dig. If you go all the way to the bottom, you clear the stage and can move on to the next one. Some cubes have items in them, that give you access to new songs, new areas and so on. Picking them up costs one digging point though.
It’s a fun game I enjoy every once in a while. The song selection is great, the game play is easy when you want to, and the whack-a-mole style game play relieves a lot of stress. To keep your score, an e-Amusement card a needed. I don’t own one, but even without, as a casual gamer, you have more than enough choices, so you don’t need to worry to get bored.