Honestly, it was the colours that drew me in first – PeroPeroGames Muse Dash is a bright, shiny game with an anime-style and filled with all sorts of “IT’S SO CUTE!” Being my first rhythm game, I can’t really compare Muse Dash to other entries in the genre, but it was definitely a fun introduction.
Muse Dash features super-bright colours, an eccentric cast of characters, and even fun little allies to take on your musical journey with you. It’s super easy for any newbie to adjust to, with only two keys being necessary in varying rhythms and patterns. I assume this is the norm for this type of game, but for anyone not used to them, it makes it much easier to jump in than I might have expected from just watching someone. Apparently Muse Dash was originally a mobile game, but I really liked the keyboard aspect more than I’d have liked a phone screen, I think.
While the controls themselves are easy, don’t be fooled – some of the songs get extremely difficult and can send the player fumbling. It’s not just the hard mode that can do it, either. Easy gets intense sometimes too! But with an upbeat soundtrack featuring lots of addictive songs, it’s super-easy to fall into the trap of playing a level over and over again for a better score. I kept telling myself “one more time!” But one more time kept becoming two, then three – all in search of that perfect score. As you play, you’ll learn different cues. Ghosts go invisible before they get hit. Big bosses need to be repeatedly struck. You can jump over saws, or hold on long notes.
The soundtrack is fantastic, and filled with high-energy tracks that should keep any player engaged and excited, and the base version for $2.99 has plenty to keep you playing. As you continue, you’ll unlock characters and sidekicks, and there are leaderboards available if you’re feeling competitive. You’ll unlock songs over time by leveling up, and the amount of content is actually pretty incredible for the price. I haven’t tried the DLC yet, which I assume has much more at its pricetag of $29.99.
Before we finish, let’s take a second to talk about the one big issue with Muse Dash. At times, the character selection screen could be a little… unnecessary. I actually loved so many of the character designs – they were cute and fun, for sure – but occasionally there was a little too much of an attempt to be super-sexy. In a game with cutesy bear enemies, girls riding kiddy toys, and adorable sidekicks, is the audience really looking for panty shots and bouncing boobs? Maybe, I suppose… but it was so over the top I found it more annoying and obnoxious than waifu material. It’s not the end of the world – nor was it a dealbreaker for the game – but I was not really a fan. Otherwise, the designs for both enemies and player characters was really lovely and quirky.
Altogether, Muse Dash makes for a really solid rhythm game experience. You know what you’re getting, and you get a little extra along the way. It’s a great way to spend some time, and should give anyone with a love of music a fun way to play along.
Ready to check it out? Muse Dash is available for Switch or Steam! At $2.99 you cant go wrong – give it a shot!