December 29, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson
The Rhythm Doctor tech demo is a browser-based, one-button tap game with very strict timing and a very silly story. Heavily inspired by Rhythm Heaven, players simply tap the life-saving button with a creepy long hand on every seventh beat.
The rhythm sometimes changes, and the later songs add one or two extra beats to keep. Scoring an "A" grade unlocks the three songs' remixed versions. The first remix is a harder dubstep track that sounds substantially different - the second remix, not so much. With enough practice, I proudly earned the title "interracial love guru" in my play through.
The base mechanic and premise of Rhythm Doctor are gold for me. I can't wait to see this game fully fleshed out with zany visuals, more ensembles, more songs, and wackier stories. I can't help but think of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when playing the game, so I'm curious what other medical analogies could be made and visualized in the final version.
Rhythm is in everything, and I'm glad the developers found it in medicine. Protip to developers: make your name legible for proper accreditation, even when releasing a prototype. Edit: I confirmed Hafiz Azman and Winston Lee are the names of the developers in the scribbles.
[Source: TIGS forums]