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  • Summary: In a jam? Well, all these guys DO is jam! Prepare to rock as these beat masters use their groovy moves to save the day. As the music plays, players tap the screen, trace rhythmic patterns and keep the beat as the story unfolds on the top screen. Every scene is accompanied by rump-shaking tunes, but players have to keep the Elite Beat Agents grooving. The worse players do, the worse the story might end up. Whether they’re helping a lost dog find its way home or helping a babysitter charm a hunky football player, no crisis is too weird. The public knows of government agencies like the FBI and CIA, but little is known of this super-secret agency. Code-named Elite Beat Agents, these men in black are heroes' heroes and the coolest group of guys this world has ever known. Of course, according to official records, they do not exist. Their leader, an ex-CIA agent named Commander Kahn, scans the world for cries of help. When he finds one, he dispatches the agents, who assist their targets by performing a song and dance. The hypnotic nature of their rocking revives the targets with "Groovy" energy that boosts their willpower and helps them overcome their obstacles. Every stage is presented in a storyline fashion. All stages share similar basic elements and game flow: The player gets introduced to the target’s problem in a comical intro. Commander Kahn dispatches the agents to the scene. The agents arrive in a special "Beat Transport" that is tailor-made for the situation. The song starts as the agents and player meet the target. By tapping and tracing patterns that appear on-screen, players play along with the song’s rhythm. The animated story changes depending on how well the player performs. After each section, the player gets judged. Depending on the Elite-o-meter's judgment, the story will go well or poorly. If the player makes it though the whole song, he or she will be judged on the whole thing and get one of three endings. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. 100
    Easily one of the best handheld games to hit us in a long while--it is fresh and addictive, easy to play, and hard to master.
  2. Ridiculous. Infectious. Simplistic. Just plain fun. Saddling Elite Beat Agents for the Nintendo DS with any one description is difficult, as the game marries absurd comedy, entertaining music, and classic rhythm mechanics in a way that is both new and altogether different from anything else available for the platform.
  3. If you enjoy the genre like me, or if you like handheld games with 'a lot of tapping', you simply can't go wrong with the quirky troupe that is the Elite Beat Agents.
  4. 90
    Very few games can truly claim to be for all players of all ages, and this is one of them. With a delirious mix of slapstick humor, comic storytelling, infectious music, and tons of replayability, Elite Beat Agents is one of the best music-oriented games to date and stands among the cream of the DS's impressive library. Don't miss it.
  5. You won't find a stranger and more addictive rhythm game on a handheld system than Elite Beat Agents.
  6. A hilarious and reasonably original bemani game. Too bad the sound quality is so low. [Sept 2007]
  7. Something always felt a little off when using the touch screen. I just don’t think this kind of touch interface is well suited to the rhythm game genre. After awhile I actually did start to enjoy myself a little, but Nintendo was never able to convince me that the game works well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. May 26, 2011
    The frantic gameplay, comic-book-esque "cutscenes", zany humor, and wide selection of songs easily make this the most funny (and challenging) rythm game on DS. If you don't own this, you need to call for HEEEAAALLLPPPP!!! Expand
  2. AndrewG.
    Feb 25, 2007
    A perfect handheld game in my opinion. Once you start playing a song, it is hard to turn off the system before you complete it. The difficulty ramps up just enough so that you will want to keep playing and playing. Expand
  3. J-Wolf
    Feb 24, 2008
    This game is undeniably one of the best out there. If you don't care for rhythm games, this one will surely get you in the groove. Plus, when I say this game is hard, you better believe it. Even though you might feel silly playing this game, it's still fun, even if the mission you're playing is just plain odd. This game really deserves the title of "IGN's DS Game of the Year 2006." Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jan 22, 2007
    I love this game. Has lots of great songs. It's a bit of a recycled concept, but it's still a fun and quick pick-up game.
  5. Sep 21, 2010
    Fast difficult game and extremely enjoyable. This won't fail to put a smile on your face. you will get frustrated for sure. but still its one of the best DS games out there Expand
  6. ValerieB
    Mar 23, 2008
    This is a good game, it's my favorite and the one thing I hate about it is when you are waiting for the things you hit to come, your meeter goes down so you fail. Other then that, awesomeee gamee. Expand
  7. Nov 10, 2012
    Horrible cheesy remake of the brilliant Ouendan, dumbed down for western audiences. Crap music, no character, no humour. Just get the original.

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