Beginner’s Guide to Rhythm Games

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Beginner’s Guide to Rhythm Games

Welcome to my beginner’s guide to Rhythm games. Before we start, I should note that I am just an average player in rhythm games. I’ve completed Osu, Osu 2 and EBA on Nintendo DS on normal, but I’m not good enough to play games like O2Jam or Taito on hard, but that’s just a matter of time.

Still, I know what needs to be done, and I’ll share the how to with you.


O2jamU, image via Mobogenie

Starting off:

Feel free to drop notes.

Don’t aim for a perfect. Do not care that you missed the last note. Just keep your eyes forward, follow the upcoming note and hit it when it is time. You are training yourself here, keeping up with your eye and mind and you will eventually be able to perfect any normal song. Honestly, if you keep at it, you’ll get good.

Muscle memory is a thing.

Sometimes you’ll find that you are dropping notes because your fingers aren’t moving fast enough. Relax, this is normal. While muscle memory isn’t easy to develop, you will eventually obtain it. Just keep at it.

Keep an eye out on the BPM

BPM (Beats per minute) of a song will change how the notes work. If you are truly starting off, try to play songs that have the same BPM so that you get comfortable with how it works before switching things up.

Enjoy the game and take breaks

Finger cramps are a thing. Stretch and wriggle them from time to time.

Deemo, Image via Playstore

Moving to hard:

Look and learn patterns

You’ll now realize that there are parts of the song that repeats, or is the same sequence that are repeated back to back. These are patterns, and once you can see them, you then known how to play them. In advanced play, you have to be able to see the pattern coming, close your eyes and play it perfectly without looking at the screen. This is important so that your brain can process things that are not in the pattern, and hit them accordingly while the rest of your fingers hit the pattern according to memory.

Do not mind your mistakes

You’ve gotten good enough that you can almost full combo a song, except for just one small note. You try and you try, but you can’t hit that full combo. Then, as you take a break due to frustration, you come back and did the full combo. What’s happening here?

Well, you are consciously worrying about the mistake, and this is causing you to almost limit yourself. When you don’t mind it, you will sometimes perform better then you normally do. So, don’t mind your mistakes, and just play with an open mind.

Adjust the note speed

Switching from normal to hard is a wall, but one that can be trained. If you’re playing while looking at the bottom of the screen, then you will need to retrain yourself to look at the middle of the screen instead. Make it as fast as you can, and time it so that you hit the note when your eyes are in the middle of the screen, and not at the bottom. This skill will be crucial when harder patterns appear in the game.

Aim for accuracy, not combo

In almost every rhythm game, the score increases more when you hit a perfect instead of a good. Accuracy is the key to getting a high score.

Practice, practice, practice

There will be songs that bridge the gap between normal and hard. Look for those songs, and keep playing them until you get a full combo. Eventually, you will come to a time where it becomes natural for you.


And there are my tips for rhythm games.



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