Why You Should Play Rotary Rhythm Rotaeno Game – GameSpace.com


Rotaeno, XD’s latest musical thoughts, was released today and after an initial hands-on experience, here’s why we think you need to try this groundbreaking musical experience.

XD, the publisher behind the stunning Torchlight Infinite, recently gave us a sample of upcoming Rhythm Rotaeno, and this new take on a particularly formulated genre is something you’ll want to watch out for if you’re tired of the same old systems and an uninspired setup that permeates mobile musical adventures. Developed by Dream Engine Games, Rotaeno certainly draws a lot of aesthetic inspiration from titles like Arcae, but it would be a mistake to dismiss this experience as just another anime-inspired tapper designed to sell Vocaloid covers.

While the gorgeous opening anime art style and intuitive user interface certainly doesn’t seem to break the genre, that simplicity serves as an easy introduction to a game that ended up surprising me. The opening tutorial moves things along quickly without too much exposition and unfolds through a familiar exploration into the distance. Throughout this neon-tinged journey into the unknown, a series of symbols shoot out from the center of the screen in hopes that players will nudge the touchscreen at the right time as these icons intersect with two dots. trigger at the edge of the screen. Anyone familiar with the aforementioned musical titles won’t be surprised by this playing technique, but it doesn’t take long for this genre rotation to head in a new direction. Looking a bit like the PSVita’s Superbeat: Xonic, this touchscreen interface doesn’t benefit from a dedicated set of hardware buttons to play with. Instead, Rotaeno mixes things up using each mobile phone’s gyroscope, allowing players to rotate their handheld gaming device and move the two target points around the circumference of the game screen. initially being a cool control quirk quickly turns into an integral part of this experience, challenging players to spin the phone and grab symbols while tapping to survive on the rest of the screen.

It all culminates in a series of twisting spin maneuvers that are quickly becoming Rotaeno’s signature onscreen. The mix of quick taps, sliders, spinning, and choppy hairpin turns is different enough that not only does Rotaeno stand out from the competition, but it requires more nuance than you might think. The decision to place my stubby hand extensions in more intense and complex encounters was quickly compounded by the constant calculation in the background of how I tilted my phone. With long winding streaks of sustain notes and intermittent rushes to keep things on target, Rotaeno is as different and engaging as XD’s Muse Dash.

rotaneo rotary game

Getting to grips with this new style control system is a bit tedious at first, and thankfully things aren’t too intrusive for beginners. Experienced DDR veterans might feel slightly held back by the slow start and easy modes, but it won’t take too long to overcome. The initial song suites are divided into three difficulty levels. Once level one is sent with adequate accuracy, the next level of difficulty will unlock and things usually escalate in complexity this way. Fortunately, this means that exploring the full range of musical accompaniments in Rotaeno is not designed to plunge players into a progressive set of more complex encounters. Instead, completing songs earns players level badges and XP. With these they can explore new musical interludes, but we’ve generally found that doesn’t mean things get particularly intense. The difficulty progression is mostly sequestered in the different versions of each song, giving us the freedom to weave our way through an already vast library of interesting games and covers.

rotaneo score screen

Although we were only able to sample a portion of the Rotaeno library, you’ll find that’s probably the most derived aspect of this title. Playing through the main story campaign, XD’s new title progresses like many other free-to-play musicals. An array of JPOP and Vocaloid electronic experiences pop up, and while that’s what fans expect, I found that sometimes it could use a little more diversity. Despite that very small note about a selection of songs that isn’t set in stone yet, the mix of electronica, ethereal beats, and self-tuning vocals isn’t all that’s on offer.

Rotaeno, like AVICII Invector, Muse Dash, and even Superbeat: Xonic takes a familiar concept and twists it in a new direction with its own spin on things. The world’s first spinning rhythm game is a superbly honed, well-crafted musical adventure that hits all the expected notes, but when it really drops the bass, you find yourself flapping your arms around like a frightened goose and swinging those fingers at the screen in a gloriously panicky attempt to keep up with the electronic pop synth tracks that make up the majority of this title. If you’re tired of playing just on tap, then Rotaeno could revolutionize the genre.

Rotaeno was released today on iOS and Android. Find out more on the official site to learn more and to grab this free game.



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