By Anton Prydatko
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
A harmony of Light awaits you in a lost world of musical Conflict. New Dimension Rhythm Game
Touch, hold and slide through a challenging, unforgettable arcade-style experience featuring artists from Japan and across the Entire World.
Lose yourself in songs of Light and Conflict within a forgotten world
Two young girls wander in a broken world filled with remnants of its former self: Arcaea.
Arcaea are melodical shards of the past that call out to the girls, but each chooses to be experienced only by one or the other. Over time, the girls begin to notice inconsistencies in the Arcaea that choose them and develop conflicting views about the world as it once was.
Play anywhere and anytime with no limitations. Internet connection not required
- A high difficulty ceiling - experience personal growth as you develop skills in arcade-style progression
- Over 45 songs from more than 20 artists famous across other games
- An expanding music library through content updates
- Full song jacket illustrations
- Online friends and scoreboards
What's New in Version 1.1.6
+ 2 new songs added!
- Korean language support
For newcomers and experts
For clarification, this review is coming from someone who’s played music games almost nonstop for the past 5 years. But I’ll do my best to explain why this game is a good starting point for newcomers to the genre as well!
Like some other reviewers have noted, Arcaea plays similar to certain well known arcade music games, like Chunithm and Sound Voltex. The biggest difference is bringing gameplay styles like that to a touchscreen, and Arcaea does a great job of that, while keeping the gameplay feeling fresh compared to other games on the App Store.
The tutorials do a great job of explaining the game to newcomers to the genre and experts alike. It’s especially important for everyone to watch the Advanced tutorial- that’s when the gameplay really starts to shine through. Even if you’ve played music games as long as I have, or longer, the Advanced tutorial is super important!
There are quite a few songs (22 at latest count, I think) you can unlock just by playing the game and earning Fragments. All the song packs are optional, but if you choose to buy them, you get your money’s worth - none of the paid song unlocks are more than $1 per song (going by US costs). Eternal Core and Dynamix Collaboration are good packs to start with- and you can preview all songs in all packs to get an idea of which packs or songs you want to buy!
Musically, there’s quite a bit of variety, with a focus on styles like hardcore electronic, especially J-Core type stuff. If you like the kind of stuff you find in Cytus, Tone Sphere, and Groove Coaster, you’ll love this music. (I know I do.)
One more significant thing: Arcaea has a noticeable difficulty curve, and even experienced players may have trouble with the harder charts. There’s still plenty of content in the lower and middle levels, so you can work to improve to where you can beat those harder songs and charts.
So in summation: Arcaea is excellent for newcomers and experts alike because of the great tutorials, the significant amount of free content, the low overall cost of getting into paid content, the variety of music, and the wide range of difficulty levels.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Sep 25, 2017
- Version: 1.1.6
- Size: 378 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Anton Prydatko
- © lowiro 2017
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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