Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. 83
    Rhythm Heaven does its job with style and aplomb, but anyone who's played the GBA original knows that the concept has been done better. No one who enjoys pure fun should miss out on this game...but once you've had your fill, be sure to track down a copy of the GBA original for an even better time.
  2. Rhythm Heaven is a great example of good innovation with a low budget. The great variety in the mini games mix in a perfect way with the rhythm. One of the best musical games in the market. A fresh air in videogames.
  3. Punishingly difficult, yet ostentatiously cute, Rhythm Heaven is the epitome of what a handheld music-based game should be. Forget guitar grips or funky cheerleaders! You won't find a more engaging or entertaining music experience for the DS.
  4. 80
    Rhythm Paradise is one of those games that makes you grin unwittingly. A lovable bunch of characters, a top notch sound track and addictive gameplay all blend together to create a game that, if you're a fan of music games or anything slightly off-centre, must be experienced.
  5. With stylish graphics, amazingly addictive music, and ability to play it in short spurts, all this makes it a great game for those on the go.
  6. These musical minigames are ones that will make you laugh, challenge your sense of timing and reflex, and keep you coming back again and again. You'll fall in love.
  7. The game has an elegant simplicity when set against the intrinsic fussiness of the Guitar Heroes and Rock Bands of the world.
  8. If you’re looking for a rhythm game that fits the characteristics of a portable system like the Nintendo DS then Rhythm Paradise is a unique game that can provide hours of fun thanks to his simplicity.
  9. Rhythm Paradise is as awesome as it is difficult to explain how great it is. It should be the reference for future music games, as well as those based on short minigames.
  10. Rhythm Heaven ends up being pretty limited in its ambitions and scope, but I can’t deny that it had me toe-tapping along for the ride.
  11. Though Rhythm Heaven hits a smattering of flat notes, its composition and concept are simply divine.
  12. Ultimately, its poor music and one note gameplay mar the experience, but players in search of something off the wall will probably dig Rhythm Heaven's imaginative design.
  13. Nintendo has put on the DJ Phones and taken a firm hold of MS Paint and somehow managed to create pure madness on your NDS. If you previously didn't find it enjoyable to have shaolin monks hit you in the face with different dishes, all to the rhythm of techno beats, then you definitely will love it now!
  14. 100
    Still, with such a wide selection of games to choose from with over 30 core mini-games, not to mention medals to win, "Perfect" ratings to earn, and incredibly simple yet insanely engaging Endless Games and Rhythm Toys to unlock (never thought I'd spend two hours digitally flicking a coin in tune with an ever-changing tempo), Rhythm Heaven is a must-own for handheld gamers everywhere, plain and simple, and a welcome breath of fresh air for the gaming scene in general.
  15. Rhythm Paradise is fun to play. Even though the game has no groundbreaking gameplay elements and has it share of flaws. Furthermore Rhythm Paradise distinguish itself through a unique style of audio and visual and it's rhythmic gameplay. Add a low price tag and you've got yourself a interesting videogame.
  16. Games Master UK
    Perfect for beat maestros but a must-play for anyone who likes fun games (everyone?). [June 2009, p.75]
  17. This unusual music game is as satisfying as it is strange, but the high difficulty limits its appeal.
  18. 80
    This game demands exact timing and precise inputs. In that sense, it's a much more challenging affair than the prior games.
  19. Both the music and mini-game markets have become quite crowded since the original Japanese GBA release, but Rhythm Heaven still stands out among the crowd with its charming presentation, catchy original tunes, and addictive gameplay. This is one beat you don’t want to miss.
  20. Rhythm Heaven is one of those rare portable games that is so addictive it makes you wish you had a longer commute to work.
  21. It has an unmistakable charm, and it could have been a great game. As it is, it's hard to recommend to anyone except for hardcore rhythm game fans.
  22. Rhythm Heaven is a great addition to the DS library that's definitely worth checking out if you've ever liked a WarioWare game.
  23. 90
    Even if you’re not a music fan you’re going to love Rhythm Heaven. It’s completely off the wall and unlike anything you’ve ever played on the Nintendo DS, not to mention incredibly fun and just as addictive.
  24. Although the game is reminiscent of WarioWare in terms of playability and content, Rhythm Heaven’s simplicity is the key to success and without trying to be too clever, Nintendo have once again redefined enjoyable gaming for the masses.
  25. Rhythm Paradise is a game which you can love, but also hate at the same time. Behind the happy visuals, there is a deep gameplay system, which can make you addicted and is not suitable for everybody in the family. If you are a gamer who doesn't give up easily, then this is your game!
  26. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Unconventional collection of music minigames comes from Japan and urges all players to find rhythm within themselves. Bizarre, but a funny and creative game. [May 2009]
  27. It's more than just a musical game. It's pure rhythm. Nintendo has done it again with an completely original game, and outstanding one that will hit the streets in no time. As soon as it does, it will surely become another instant hit on the market. You just can't stop playing with all the different rhythms of this bizarre but lovely game. A must-have with no doubt.
  28. A slightly disappointing sequel, but still an addictively bizarre musical mini-game collection.
  29. 60
    Additional mini games and rewards would've made Rhythm Heaven live up to its name. As it stands, however, it's a quirky, entertaining romp that deserves at least one playthrough.
  30. Rhythm Paradise is the game that all Nintendo DS owners were waiting for. It's simple, funny and highly addictive, with plenty of crazy characters that you'll love instantly. If you liked Wario Ware titles, you'll definitely appreciate this one.
  31. Nintendo Gamer
    Brilliantly odd music game made slightly less good by the replacement of four of the best tracks. not fair! [July 2009, p.75]
  32. It still stands as one of the finest titles to grace the Nintendo DS. It’s packed full of content and will keep even the most experienced gamers playing for a good length of time due to its deep replay value.
  33. Nintendo Power
    One of the few titles that does minigames right. [May 2009, p.86]
  34. Fair warning: the game is challenging, and at times you will want to throw your DS against the wall. Regardless, you will likely become addicted to the game's unique traits and simple-yet-fun gameplay.
  35. 80
    It's definitely worth a look if you're the type who keeps their DS for long plane, train or automobile journeys, and I've no doubt that Beyonce's relaxed endorsement of the product will see it enjoy some success.
  36. Like seeing a fantastic movie that only lasts 75 minutes. It's great but over all too quickly.
  37. 80
    Rhythm Heaven is a testament to how simple gameplay mechanics combined with ingenuous design can create a highly entertaining and immersive experience.
  38. Pelit (Finland)
    Rhythm Paradise has quirky sense of style, catchy tunes and it pushes you to try harder to master the minigames. Sometimes it’s hard to know what you are doing wrong though. [June 2009]
  39. A ridiculous amount of fun packed into a tiny DS cartridge, Rhythm Heaven's only real flaw is a bit of jet lag from its trip across the ocean.
  40. Funky, fresh and funny, Rhythm Heaven Gold transcends the language barrier with its instinctive gameplay and hilarious scenarios.
  41. Although it may seem a simple game, Rhythm Paradise offers a large variety of minigames and a surprisingly high challenge level.
  42. Although it has little problems that don't make it perfect, Rhythm Heaven is an excellent game which has to be, at least, played by every DS owner who has a bit of rhythmic sense. Those who don't even know how to get sound from a soda can will face problems while playing difficult levels.
  43. Touches like this elevate Rhythm Paradise from a fun but throwaway music game into an addictive quest for rhythm perfection. It’s not a music game as wonderfully elaborate as the superb Elite Beat Agents, but its ostensibly simple mechanics give it a sense of purity that a lot of games lack.
  44. It’s the cutest drum machine on the market.
  45. It speaks to so many things fans love about Nintendo and their products. The game shows off both the simplicity and complexity of DS, but more importantly, Rhythm Heaven is an insanely good time.
  46. 90
    Music games fans can fall in love with Ryhthm Heaven, or just the contrary, because its proposal is very different in comparison with most of the musical games in the market today.
  47. 90
    Rhythm Heaven is exactly the sort of novel, deep, challenging game that people accuse Nintendo of not creating anymore. Play it.
  48. It is my sincere hope that Rhythm Heaven finds its audience, because for a subset of the gaming populace, it's going to be the source of many hours of enthusiastic fun.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#75 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 70
  2. Negative: 3 out of 70
  1. Nov 21, 2011
    I bought this as an impulse buy when I saw it sold cheaply, but I was mostly disappointed by this game. The graphics and sound are okay, butI bought this as an impulse buy when I saw it sold cheaply, but I was mostly disappointed by this game. The graphics and sound are okay, but the frustrating game-play and the restrictive game setup is the main reasons for my low score. Not only is the game too hard, but it doesnâ Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2017
    This is not enjoyable at all. There's no visual way to track the beat meaning you have to play the anoying sound on full volume and carfullyThis is not enjoyable at all. There's no visual way to track the beat meaning you have to play the anoying sound on full volume and carfully listen to everything, and the sound's pretty annoying. Tapping feels unresponsive on a lot of the minigames and nearly all of them have lame themes. Full Review »
  3. D4C
    Mar 15, 2017
    While sometimes being frustrating because of quick taps or quick flicks not registering (I'm looking at you Rhythm Rally 2 and Mo-ai Doo-WopWhile sometimes being frustrating because of quick taps or quick flicks not registering (I'm looking at you Rhythm Rally 2 and Mo-ai Doo-Wop 2!), Rhythm Heaven is a very fun and wacky rhythm game that you'll find most of the songs being stuck in your head. Full Review »