HarmoKnight 3DS

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  • Summary: HarmoKnight is an action packed rhythm game where you use Tempo's Music Note Staff to beat drums, crash cymbals, and smack enemies through more than 50 levels with unique boss fights.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    90
    HarmoKnight is a fan game, though it is a little simple on difficulty for most of it. While the main game is kind of short, lasting only a few hours, there’s still plenty to do afterwards, including unlocking bonus songs and challenging yourself to faster versions of the songs in the game.
  2. Mar 28, 2013
    85
    From start to finish, the experience is so enjoyable that it's easily recommendable to any 3DS owner with an affinity for rhythm games. If only Game Freak would step out of their Pokémon shell more often, because the result of the developer's experimentation is awesome.
  3. Apr 24, 2013
    80
    HarmoKnight is one of those games that instantly charms you. The creators of Pokémon know their stuff, and among the things they know best is pure creative power, lively music and exciting creatures, all of whom are represented in this short, but sweet musical experience.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    76
    HarmoKnight has the Nintendo polish, but you’re spending $14.99 for what is essentially a glorified mobile game.
  5. Apr 8, 2013
    70
    Harmoknight combines platform action with musical and rhythmic gameplay, and does so successfully. It's a shame that the game's concept is too limited to entertain players for long, because before long, you'll be doing the same thing over and over again. It's good, but HarmoKnight just doesn't hit all the right notes.
  6. Mar 28, 2013
    70
    HarmoKnight is not as complex as Beatmania, nor out of mind as Rhythm Paradise, but it does good work with the crossover between platform and rhythm game. The points which Game Freak may work on for a possible follow-up are many, it would be easy for them to propose something, in a short time, that does not deviate much from this title, but is more refined and studied in mechanicals.
  7. 40
    A hugely disappointing side venture from the creators of Pokémon, which barely seems to understand the rhythm action genre let alone try and evolve it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 13, 2013
    9
    A great and addictive rhythm game. Great characters and gameplay, with good replayability if you want to try stages harder and faster.A great and addictive rhythm game. Great characters and gameplay, with good replayability if you want to try stages harder and faster. Beautiful looking game too. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    9
    Get into this game. A fun rhythm based game with nice catchy tunes that keep you going. HarmoKnight has bright friendly graphics and a lessGet into this game. A fun rhythm based game with nice catchy tunes that keep you going. HarmoKnight has bright friendly graphics and a less punishing attitude to the player then other rhythm based games. This is a game that wants to be played and wants you to have fun. The character design is crisp, clean, leaning on a more Bust-a-Groove(Enix) style of art mixed with a musical based universe. The controls are responsive and heavy replay value do to self competition. Very content heavy, well worth the money. Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2013
    9
    A very fun and addicting rhythm based running game. although there are moments where it will frustrate, its very fast paced and satisfyingA very fun and addicting rhythm based running game. although there are moments where it will frustrate, its very fast paced and satisfying with fantastic presentation. Well worth the asking price. Expand
  4. May 4, 2013
    8
    This game is great. I downloaded the demo when it came out not expecting very much, but it was Game Freak so it couldn't be that bad. It endedThis game is great. I downloaded the demo when it came out not expecting very much, but it was Game Freak so it couldn't be that bad. It ended up being awesome. Even with just the demo, it didn't get boring at all. I kept playing, challenging myself to get higher scores. Now I have the full version, and it only gets better. Multiple characters play a part in the gameplay, which makes it more interesting than just the main character. Though it seems like a lot for a downloadable game, the $15 dollars are worth it considering how much gameplay there is. My only problem is that the side-characters don't get enough screen time. There should be more levels that feature them, and maybe they could have have more unique abilities. Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2016
    8
    A fun game and a very good way to introduce yourself to rhythm games.
    If you're good enough you'll unlock some greatly appreciated Easter
    A fun game and a very good way to introduce yourself to rhythm games.
    If you're good enough you'll unlock some greatly appreciated Easter Eggs from other Game Freak games.
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  6. Jul 17, 2013
    8
    To be honest I liked the game, it's nice, really nice 3D effects, great music, and also (so far at least) interesting characters. What madeTo be honest I liked the game, it's nice, really nice 3D effects, great music, and also (so far at least) interesting characters. What made me not give a 10 to this game is it's learning curve.

    For me at least the Learning curve is really unfair. Tutorial levels are easy, the real levels have a good challenge, and then, BOSS battle. In the levels before the boss battle you use only B and A buttons. No problem, you trained to use the B and A buttons in the tutorial. But in the boss battle you have to use the D-Pad. For those of you who played before this type of game this should not be a problem, but for me as a newbie in this type the game is a huge deal.

    Well if you are good in this rhythmic games, it's a great game, if you are not experienced rhythmic games like me, well Download the game and give it a try. Maybe you can do well enough to pass the first boss.

    I highly recommend everyone to download the demo first. And to give it a shot before buying the game.
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  7. Apr 28, 2015
    6
    While HarmoKnight gives off a solid impression early on, it's hard not to notice how little there really is to the game. Nothing is quiteWhile HarmoKnight gives off a solid impression early on, it's hard not to notice how little there really is to the game. Nothing is quite compelling enough to return to. Specifically, as a rhythm platformer, neither the platforming nor the music particularly stands out. That said, the tunes are generally rather pleasant, even if they do fail to make a lasting impact, and you may manage to have some fun with HarmoKnight. The simple fact is: there's a better rhythm platformer in BIT.TRIP RUNNER for the 3DS's own BIT.TRIP SAGA. Expand

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