Deemo: a hybrid of music rhythm game and urban fantasy

Deemo 2Gaming has come a long way since Guitar Hero, but people still love to play games that require you to tap out a rhythm to score points. These days, you don’t use a fake guitar to rock out.

Deemo is a musically driven rhythm game that also includes a deep storyline to give you more reasons to play well than just becoming a rock star in your own mind…

In this fantasy game of little girls and folkloric creatures, a solitary creature named Deemo lives alone in his castle. One day, a child falls from the sky and into his world with no memory of where she came from or how she got there.

Deemo plays the piano, and one day while tapping out a tune, he realizes that a tree is sprouting from the top of his instrument. The more he plays, the more it grows.

Deemo 1The gameplay happens when Deemo plays the piano. Your job is to tap the screen at the exact right time to play each note. The better you play, the more the tree will grow so that Deemo can help his new friend get back home.

To play a song, tap the screen right when the note reaches the line. If you tap too early or too late, you will not receive points and your final score will be low. Tap on time to earn high scores and unlock new songs. You can also adjust the speed that each note drops. If you want more of a challenge, set the note speed to nine and really test your reaction time.

In between tapping games, players can search for clues in different areas of the castle, trying to figure out how the child ended up in Deemo’s world.

There are 28 different songs and your instrument is based on real piano sounds. The better you play, the more “charming hits” you get. When you hit the mark multiple times, you will multiply your score. The higher your score, the more songs you will unlock.

The game features beautiful cinematic illustrations with hand drawn art to add a cerebral element to the game and make you feel like you are inside Deemo’s castle.

This game is available for $1.99 on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today.

Do you like music rhythm tapping games? Which is your favorite?