By Marc Dionne
We all have at least played or watched someone play an arcade game in their life. With arcade cabinets being more advanced each time technology grows, today comes a review on a Japanese arcade game that is a rhythm game named Groove Coaster. The current Groove Coaster is on version 3. Groove Coaster is a game distributed by Taito and made by the people at Zutata. The arcade game works by you buying the Nesica card to register to the machine that will make an online profile for you that will save all your progress.
In this game, you earn the in-game currency called GC that you can redeem on the groove coaster my page when you register your profile there as well. This game comes with 4 different modes: a practice mode for those who have never have never played the game, solo mode that gives you between 2 or 3 songs (depending on the machines settings) that you play on your own, multiplayer that you get to play with the other machines within the same building if they are connected to the same network to versus others and there is an online event mode that gives you the option to play other people from around the world in an event to earn prizes. The prizes from the events is typically an avatar, banner, or something amazing for your profile.
Since speaking of the game, we need to speak about the controller for this game. The Groove Coaster controller is two pillar-shaped things that have a center button that you tap with the rhythm and the pillars move around in a 360-degree motion that is used to imitate the arrows within the game. The commands within the game are that the white symbols means hit the button, a spiked blue symbol means to hit the two buttons at the same time and more that they will always show you within the game. There is also things called Ad-lib in the game, which is finding out the extra inputs, which get you more points.
This game is easy to play but hard to come and master. The song list that they have are anime songs, touhou songs, vocaloid songs and original songs made by Zutata. These events have a set time of one week to the most recent one had of a full month. The machines here are typically translated into English for the buttons and menus but not for the songs, and a fun fact is, away from Japan and America, it is named Rhythmvaders. This game is only currently available in America, China, South East Asia region and Japan. Here in the USA, you can mostly find it at the Round One arcades. I would recommend to try it out and enjoy playing if you love rhythm.