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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-shakingIn 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] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. 100
    If you enjoy this type of genre of games – music rhythm – there’s no doubt you’ll love Elite Beat Agents.
  2. 95
    But even with new characters, popular Western tunes, and plots that actually make sense, Elite Beat Agents retains the awesome, addictive gameplay core.
  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. EBA performs admirably, making improvements where needed and retaining the same charm, humour and enthusiasm as its imported cousin. It's a more accessible entry into the franchise, but there's nothing to stop anyone from picking up both.
  5. Sod all the talk of the Japanese original – Elite Beat Agents is a truly superb title that’s a joy to play from start to finish.
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    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: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. May 26, 2011
    10
    The frantic gameplay, comic-book-esque "cutscenes", zany humor, and wide selection of songs easily make this the most funny (and challenging)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. Mitch
    May 30, 2007
    10
    CRAZY FUN! It would be better than Guitar Hero if the songs were as good.
  3. AnonymousMC
    Aug 1, 2008
    10
    This is possibly the most addictive game I've ever played. not only is it accessible for all ages, but It can get so difficult that youThis is possibly the most addictive game I've ever played. not only is it accessible for all ages, but It can get so difficult that you feel very challenged, but it never loses it's fun. Everything is hysterical, from the characters to the cut scenes to the wacky dance moves. This is easily the best game on the Nintendo DS. Expand
  4. Philosophy
    Nov 6, 2006
    9
    This game is fun, not really a lot more to say. The only reason this game doesn't get a 10 is because the music is not as good at Ouendan.
  5. Jun 27, 2011
    9
    Elite Beat Agents is not your typical rhythm game. It gives you humor, good music, and great gameplay. I love how the game starts off easyElite Beat Agents is not your typical rhythm game. It gives you humor, good music, and great gameplay. I love how the game starts off easy then ramps up to "oh my god! one more time and I can beat it" People have criticized it for being short and having only "ten" songs. Fact: It's not short, there are three difficulty modes that only add to the fun. There are also unlockable songs (which the people below me I guess didn't play long enough to find out.) Best of all are the cutscenes which really play the wacky situations greatly. They are comic book esque and you'll laugh every time you see them. There are also a couple of tearjerkers. The last level had me ramped up and I was tap and dragging my heart out. This game has been out for a long time so the price is cheap. Get it while you can. You will not be disapointed. I promise. Nine outta Ten! Expand
  6. KevinR.
    Jan 29, 2007
    9
    Perhaps the best rhythm game other than Guitar Hero, EBA is addictive, tough, and just crazy enough to be amazing.
  7. Nov 10, 2012
    0
    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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#3 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
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#10 Most Shared DS Game of 2006