DescriptionRhythm Destruction is a 2D, top-down, vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. It looks like a typical shoot 'em up game, but the focus is on dodging and maneuvers, combined with rhythm based attacks. The ship can be freely moved around the screen, but cannot shoot at any moment. Only when arrows appear above enemies and the key corresponding with the arrow's direction is pressed at the right moment, a shot is launched. An arrow is surrounded by a narrowing circle with a specific colour, representing a 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 24th or 32nd note. Rhythm attacks often consist of quick notes is succession or two directions combined. Meanwhile various hazards in the environment needs to be avoided and bullets need to be dodged. It is usually not possible to destroy all enemies on the screen, only a certain number.
There are ten stages, each with a different soundtrack and multiple difficulty levels. The goal is to complete the level and get a high score. Points are provided by killing enemies with a rhythm attack. The timing is taken into account, but also the proximity in relation to the enemy. By killing a group of enemies a bonus item is often left behind. The ship has a number of speed boosts, activated through the space bar, and a limited number of lives. Combos can be built up and there is a multiplier for successive hits. Next to the main gameplay there are short hyper level sections where you navigate a short course based on three types of key presses to dodge or to match the forward symbol. Each stage ends with a boss where the ship fires a continuous stream of bullets. These do not damage the boss character, but provide points upon contact. Damaging attacks can only be performed through rhythm attacks there as well. It is possible to create challenges for other players and there are global leaderboards.
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- Rhythm Destruction (official website)