Most gamers prefer to play mobile games that require less attention and action, in which idle management games and other RPGs with auto battles became popular. But some hardcore players prefer to play more games that let them focus on playing, and games like rhythm games are still popular in the mobile game scene. Some gamers who used to play music rhythm games in the arcades and even to some portable consoles back in the day are looking for a portable experience of playing these games, the good side is that most of these games have a mobile game version, where some gamers will have a nostalgic feel to it and continue playing.
If you are a music rhythm games fan, we listed out 10 of the popular rhythm games that are worth your time and also money if you plan to purchase their microtransactions, which usually composed of additional songs, customizable avatars and other cosmetic items.
1. Cytus 11
A sequel to the hit music rhythm game for the mobile platform, the developers are known for creating several rhythm games for mobile that produces great content and mechanics. In Cytus II, it features a story set to give more backstory and lore to the game itself. In the future, humans have changed internet development and have synced the real world to the virtual world, in the virtual space called cyTus, a mysterious DJ called AEsir creates music that captivates the people.
The game features a unique Active Judgment Line mechanic were tapping a certain note when the judgment line crosses at the right time will give a higher score. It features over 30 songs available right at the start and with over 70 more songs available for purchase optionally.
Deemo is another popular music rhythm game from Rayark. This game has an eerie yet emotional setting and focuses on one specific musical instrument. The game’s plot is centered on a young girl named Alice that falls from an open trapdoor in the sky and a black. While the mysterious character named Deemo tries to help the girl to return to her own world by playing the piano where it grows a tree sapling, the game progresses along with the story with a very surprising plot twist in the end. Each song has a series of difficulty levels to complete and the gameplay is somewhat similar to any music rhythm games but it focuses more on the piano instrument aspect where the presentation and visual cue are that of the piano keys.
3. BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!
Combing anime and music rhythm elements can have a really best-selling combination, and that’s what Bushiroad managed to prove with its latest game. BanG Dream is based on the hit multimedia franchise that combines the release of games, anime, music CDs, music videos and live concerts.
It is focused on the cute anime girl characters who are performing on a band and it allows players to choose between two different modes; the Live mode and Story mode. Live mode lets you play any of the unlocked songs without any limitations while the Story mode is has a progression that lets you unlock more content after completing levels. There are gacha elements where you can recruit high rarity characters that can boost the performance of your band and score higher points.
4. Arcaea – New Dimension Rhythm
An arcade-style rhythm game where players must touch, hold slide to the beat of the music. Arcaea has a really high difficulty where experience growth is a factor in the game, with over 90 songs to try that features more than 50 artists from around the globe and each song has three difficulty levels to master, it will give any players a whole new experience with the different music genre to try, and they can expect new music through content updates. You can challenge your friends on the online leaderboards to see who has the highest score. If you are in it for the challenge, then this is one of the best mobile games with high difficulty.
Developer: C4Cat Entertainment
A mobile game that integrates the arcade gaming experience at the palm of your hands. Unlike other music games that offer a convention-style of gameplay, Dynamix offers a triple-dropping track design. This design has a unique rhythmical play style in which players would feel like they are actually composing a track. With over 100 tracks created by composers from Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea, it features different cultural styles of music from different genres such as chiptune, j-pop, TransCore and new age. The free version will let you play until rank 30, and you need to purchase the full game to unlock higher ranks.
6. TAPSONIC World Champion
Developer: Neowiz Games
From the developers that brought the popular DJMAX music rhythm game to the arcades and consoles, Neowiz brings the same game experience of music tapping. Moreover, Tapsonic is now on your mobile devices. It may have familiar gameplay, but Tapsonic is more about being competitive, as there are different game modes to choose from. Games such as the Champion’s Tour, where you can challenge some of the best players to show their best skills. There are a ton of music tracks to try, including some of the classic DJMAX songs.
The great part of this game is that there is no pay to win microtransactions, as most of the songs can be downloaded for free through content updates. Also, you can play Tapsonic without the need of an internet connection. Thus, you can enjoy the game outside without the need to be constantly connected.
Developer: Maniacs s.r.o.
If you are a fan of Dance Dance Revolution or even Beatmania in the arcades, BeatX is more of a homage to it. You will definitely get a nostalgic feel to it. Though it is more of a fanmade game, BeatX has the same from DDR games and Without the need of android/iOS to play it.
With over 100 songs to choose from, ranging from the popular DDR music up to any custom songs. It also has different game modes from single player to versus and double cooperative mode. One cool feature is that you can use a game controller or even a dance pad via Bluetooth. Thus, you can recreate the nostalgic feel of dancing at the arcades.
8. Groove Coaster 2
Developer: TAITO Corporation
With so many tapping music games, it gives the same experience to the other games available. But Groove Coaster 2 tries to be different from the rest. Combining music rhythm with a roller coaster experience, it offers a thrilling ride to those who play the game. With over 150 music tracks to play, ranging from different compilations of famous EDM and techno music artists and even from other popular mobile music games.
Thus, players will never run out of songs to try out in Groove Coaster 2. The unique game feature is that you can play the game without using the touchscreen. You can use the surroundings as your instrument to play the game, from singing, clapping and even using your drumsticks. Also, you can even play with other friends on a single screen for more interaction.
9. Avicii | Gravity HD
Developer: Hello There AB
Famous Swedish DJ Avicii made a collaboration with Hello There Games to create a music game that offers adaptive and atmospheric gameplay. Featuring a fast-paced and intense gameplay, the game progresses on your performance. It means that your progress will determine how the melodies will build-up.
Also how the environment will change to match the music as you guide your ship by swiping, pushing and using power-ups on the screen. Featuring the latest songs by Avicii, players can unlock more content as points score up and earn achievements. These achievements are new ships, environments, and power-ups.
Developer: Noxy Games
An anime rhythm game, Lanota features a colorful world and an artistic feel with the art direction. Its gameplay still has that familiar mechanic from other music tapping games. But has additional animation as visual cues to aid you in landing the right notes. It also offers different difficulty levels that suites for beginners, casual players up to the hardcore veterans. It also has the main story mode where, as you progress further, you uncover plots in the characters.
However, the trial version has some limitations to the story campaign and even limits the retry function. But once you purchased the game, you will be able to experience more tracks. There is also a leaderboard function that lets you compare scores and achievements with other players wherein you can accomplish and unlock more content.
11. Geometry Dash World
Developer: RobTop Games
Geometry Dash World is a simple and colorful rhythm game anyone can play. You play as a cube that must overcomes a few obstacles to the tune of EDM tracks. These obstacles may range from avoiding pointed triangles to jumping on circles. As you progress, you will to hurdle through more obstacles, while the music gets faster and faster.
Despite its simplicity, playing this game takes a lot of concentration and accuracy. For each level you complete, you get to unlock a new colors and shapes to customize with. All in all, it’s one of the best games to play when you’re bored.
Developer: Dean Herbert
If complex twists and turns are more your thing, osu! is worth checking out. This community-based game comes with a number of different play styles so you never get bored. You can swipe through circles, spin and more to the beat of your favorite Japanese music. osu! also has an interactive community, where you can play games from other users. Or, you can opt to upload your own.
You can also customize the background skins so that you’ll be motivated to play. It may seem complex upon first look, but the game is great once you get the hang of it. osu! relies heavily on your speed and critical thinking, so you must be quick on your feet with this game.
VOEZ follows high-schooler Chelsea who wishes to start a band with her friends. On top of the main storyline of her summer adventures, you play a fun rhythm game. To move the story forward, you will be asked to complete a set of tasks revolving around the rhythm game. These may include playing through songs at a certain difficulty, and much more.
The art style of the game is impeccable, with an intuitive interface to boot. The design even deviates from your standard rhythm games, making it colorful yet somehow not distracting. Unlike other rhythm games, the lines you tap can move across the screen, making it more challenging yet enjoyable. While it is available on most mobile devices, you can play VOEZ on the Nintendo Switch as well.
14. Bouncing Buddies
Bouncing Buddies is a cute rhythm game where you must navigate a bouncing bear through various environments. You can bounce your bear along a river while the sun sets. Or, you can even bounce along some train tracks. The game has an exquisite art style that will give you a zen feeling. With beautiful graphics and adorable animals, you don’t want to miss this.
To play, all you need to do is tap the rocks or platform you want the bear to bounce to. The goal is to keep it out of the river, railroad track, and others. This simple game is quite enjoyable and perfect for when you just want to unwind.
15. DJMAX Technika Q
Developer: Team ARES
DJMax Technika Q comes from the developers of the original arcade game from the same name. The mobile version offers all of the fun gameplay of the classic, except that you can now enjoy it anywhere. Many loyal fans will want to play this game, even if it’s just to relive in the nostalgia. With background graphics and art style reminiscent of the early 2000s, you don’t want to miss this.
The gameplay follows a freeform structure. You tap on the notes as they appear on the screen, following the music. There are multiple controls to follow, as each notes serves a specific purpose. There are some you tap, tap and hold, etc. This makes for a complicated play, but you will eventually get the hang of it. You also get a wide selection of music for free, including famous Pop, Rock, and more songs in various genres. To access the locked songs, you may have to pay, but it’s very affordable.
Developer: Team ArcStar
OverRapid is an action rhythm hybrid game developed by Team ArcStar. It follows the rules of traditional rhythm games, and comes in a sleek, futuristic design. The game is also designed after other arcade games that we loved in our childhood.
In OverRapid, you must tap the falling notes in quick succession to win the game. If you get multiple notes in a row, your combo score increases. Thanks to the game design, you can feel like a DJ in your own home, as you tap the notes to “scratch” the record.
Developer: ARTE Experience
Vectronom is a unique rhythm game that will surely win you over. The overarching minimalist design helps the game look sleek yet elegant. Don’t let it fool you, however. The game relies heavily on hand-eye coordination, so make you don’t miss a beat, literally. One wrong move, and the cube will fall off the cliff.
In Vectronom, your aim is to get across floating platforms that move to the beat of the sound. These platforms can move forward, backward or sideways and you must predict where it ends up next. This results in a fanciful choreography that you must master. This means the game take some time to get used to, which can be quite annoying. However, mastering levels can be rewarding.
18. Love Live! School Idol Festival
Love Live! School Idol Festival is a rhythm game based on the anime and franchise of the same name. Like the series, the game revolves around a group of friends who become idols to help save their school. The game does a good job of combining rhythm and gacha games. To play a round, all you need to do is tap the circle when at it lands on each circle representing the characters. You can also keep track of character stats to build up skills for better team management.
Not only that, Love Live! incorporates a visual novel in the app, where you get to progress through the story as you play along. This fun game is free to play on Android and iOS devices, with in-app purchases.
19. Hachi Hachi
Developer: Skytree Digital Limited
Hachi Hachi was inspired by many rhythm games found in arcades. Like these rhythm games, you must tap on the notes that fall to a certain song. While most of these games mainly follow a linear pattern, in Hachi Hachi, the notes fall along a circle. Each note has a corresponding color that indicates the direction in which it is going or how it will play out. For instance, you must long press on blue notes. Or, you need to tap two sides at the same time when an orange note appears.
The game is one of the most underrated rhythm games in the market. While many players commonly compare the game to others, Hachi Hachi has more to offer than it may seem. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this game.
20. RIDE ZERO
Developer: Load Complete
Ride Zero combines a shooting game and rhythm game all at once. The game is a spin off of the Nintendo game, Crussader’s Quest. And you get to enjoy cut scenes from this game in Ride Zero as well. You can play in Standard Mode, Story Mode, Episode Mode and Chaotic Mode. It comes with a vast library of songs adored all over the globe. Ride Zero has partnered up with many popular musicians to bring you the songs that you love. It has everything from Japanese, English, and Korean songs. Featuring music producers such as ATF, DECO*27, Cosmograph, Guiriri and more.
With each completed level, you can view your stats from the gameplay. After earning a specific amount of points, you can level up and unlock more of the story.
BeatFever follows a playable character that is passionate about club music. The game combines your traditional rhythm game with a slight visual novel element that can play out. Here, you will get to live out the character’s party animal life and meet interesting characters. Like many on this list, notes will fall in a linear fashion and you must tap it before it reaches the bottom. BeatFever features many catchy EDM songs you can jam along to as you play.
As you progress toward the game, you get to unlock new features from the game. You can customize the monsters in the game, or battle it out with other players. The game takes its inspiration from classic video games like Guitar Hero, but make it accessible to mobile devices. So, if you’re a fan, this is something you should check out.
22. Piano Tiles 2
Developer: Cheetah Mobile
Piano Tiles 2 is a straightforward, tile rhythm game. Here, you get to press on black tiles as they come down. You will need to press these tiles to the tune of piano songs — either classical, traditional or modern. With its intuitive and simple interface, you can completely focus on hitting the tiles. The app is perfect for those looking to cure their boredom. The gameplay isn’t fastpaced and doesn’t require too much of your brain power.
You can easily play this game to help you unwind and enjoy.
23. Tap Tap Revenge
Tap Tap Revenge is one of the classic rhythm games available. This app has been around since the late 2000s and remains one of the most entertaining games to this day. This needs no introduction, as it and its many spin-offs are quite popular. These spin-offs include Katy Perry Tap Tap Revenge and more.
To play, you simply need to tap on the falling circles when the reach the bottom of the screen. You can toggle settings to choose from various modes of difficulty. The more difficult the mode, the more the circles you need to catch. It may not need the same tactics when playing games like PUBG, but you will still need high concentration and precision.
Developer: Tiger Tang
This community rhythm game is inspired by the popular Cytus. Like other community rhythm games, you can find and play songs uploaded by other players to enjoy. Not to mention, you can upload your own for other users to play. If you play Cytus, you might be familiar with the mechanics of the game, as it operates somewhat similarly.
It goes far beyond many rhythm games on this list with its complex mechanics. While this means there is a hefty learning curve, it’s well worth it. Completing difficult songs will give you an unparalleled sense of accomplishment. You can show off how great you are to other friends, leaving them at awe with your fast pace.
25. Superstar BTS
Developer: Dalcomsoft, PONOS
Superstar BTS is a fun rhythm game regardless of whether you’re a fan or not. Although it may seem like any other rhythm game, Superstar BTS features over 100 songs from popular Korean boy group, BTS. The game comes with various difficulty modes you can navigate through. With each unlocked level more challenging than the previous ones.
With Superstar BTS, you can get song and artist scores for each individual member. When you begin the game, you can test out your touch timing for future gameplay. As you finish each song, you get cards for the different group members, and unlock fun facts about them. While largely catered to BTS ARMYs, anyone can enjoy this fun game.
There you have it, the best rhythm games you can ever play these days. Whatever reasons you need to play these games, we hope you enjoyed it. Though some might not be available on Apps store to Google Play, there are still plenty of other rhythm games for you to choose from. These are just some of our favorites. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave us a comment.