Ontamarama DS

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2007
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. 90
    The game isn't perfect, but in the end it certainly comes across as one of the most amusing music titles I've played in recent memory.
  2. 73
    On one hand it blends two really good ideas with slightly sloppy gameplay to create a game that is more frantic than fun. On the other hand, the complex combo system allows you to get an experience unlike anything else on the DS. That is to say, when it works, it really works well.
  3. Ontamarama is certainly no Elite Beat Agents, but its style of gameplay is definitely unique. Perhaps it should have been called Multitasking Training in Japan in order to gain better sales.
  4. Despite Ontamarama's relatively short story mode, options to increase difficulty, the pursuit of high scores and the Shop will keep players coming back for more. Ontamarama is perfect for younger players as a friendly, approachable gateway into the music/rhythm genre.
  5. Nintendo Power
    70
    In spite of its flaws, Ontamarama is a solid rhythm game that will appeal to gamers who haven't had much to groove to on DS since last year's "Elite Beat Agents". [Holiday 2007, p.86]
  6. If what Ontamarama was trying to do was advance the music game genre, it sort of has. But, if a sequel can better integrate the two strands of its gameplay, we could have a real hit.
  7. Ontamarama comes across as a throwaway piece of entertainment, but there's a surprising amount of enjoyment to be had with it.
  8. Ontamarama is definitely unwieldy and a bit overcomplicated, but it's still engaging, time-sucking and solidly fun. And the oddball factor actually works in its favor.
  9. Ontamarama is a cute, quirky, and incredibly challenging addition to the rhythm game genre, yet there is definite room for improvement.

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  1. Dec 7, 2011
    6
    Rhythm and music game for the DS that's not bad, but doesn't quite cut it, compared to other rhythm games available for the DS. A poorerRhythm and music game for the DS that's not bad, but doesn't quite cut it, compared to other rhythm games available for the DS. A poorer version of Elite Beat Agents. Full Review »