I love music games (that aren’t by Otomate) so needless to say I had to pick this one up. Since the postal service is playing volleyball with my next otome game, I decided to spend the weekend getting through this, and had a lot of fun doing so!
Based on the arcade game and ported from the PSP edition that I played 10 years ago, Taiko no Tatsujin is now available on the Vita. The thing is – a lot of the features of the Vita are pretty much lost in this game.
First of all the game doesn’t let you take screenshots. I found this image on google but otherwise most of my “memories” of the game are just cell phone pics （；＾ω＾）
The other thing is 0 utilization of the touch screen. Sometimes I’d want to touch a song to start playing it or touch various menu items but NOPE. Not even the “ok” button is touchable, everything must be clicked like it’s the PSP version. So really the only thing this has over any other version is just the bigger screen…but it’s not even PSV TV compatible! Honestly I’m not sure what Banco was thinking with the release but they need to get with the program. Technicalities aside, the one big thing this game has is an RPG quest where you battle with MUSIC!
You go on a quest with Don-chan, Ka-chan, Maple and Mr. Peanut (well his name is Rira da Ganba but who can even remember let alone pronounce that?? XD) You fight various bosses by successfully clearing the songs. It even has true RPG nature such as elemental properties. So for example if you fight a fire monster, he will be weak to water. Water is weak to plants and plants are weak to fire. Based on the hints from the characters or just looking at the color of the monster, you can easily figure out which armor to equip. Also unlike most games where if say you fight a fire monster, you’d THINK you should wear fire armor for defense…..but nope you need to wear water armor and fight with water lol. Some songs are easy but some were pretty tough and especially the missions, I had trouble clearing. When you reach the max exp for each level, you do a boss quest to move on to the next one. You start from level 10 and get down to level 1 to eventually rescue Maple’s sister and return home. I LEGIT CRIED WHEN THE QUEST ENDED, IT WAS MORE MOVING TO ME THAN REINE DE TRASH LOL. ／(^o^)＼｡･ﾟ･(ﾉ∀`)･ﾟ･｡
As you clear boss monsters you’ll get trophies, outfits and stamps. Some of the outfits are really cute and some have a familiar feel such as the Angemon outfit from above 😀 (bonus points because the OP theme of the original Digimon Adventures anime is on here.)
There’s also various hissatsu attacks that feature cutins & characters from other games, though unfortunately I was unfamiliar with pretty much all of them except Idol Master characters lol. I gotta say the blonde girl on the right is like the best hissatsu until you unlock the one from Maple’s sister after completing Donder Quest. This girl basically does a neutral attack of 75 so it will work on pretty much every monster that isn’t weak to anything and if you put it on both Maple and Don-chan you get DOUBLE THE POWAA. The dude on the left does a 75 darkness power attack but usually the bosses are darkness property so that only works on angel type monsters.
Some bosses have crazy stunts like the above video I took but they have a thing where if you fail twice, the fight automatically gets nerfed with the boss’ HP being down to 75% xD So even if you aren’t too great at music games, Donder Quest can be easily cleared by everyone.
Once you’re done with the quest only thing to do is go back to the music game and clear songs on the 4 modes, easy, normal, hard and DEMONIC. Yes the Oni mode is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I have only been able to clear 1 song in Oni mode and the rest my eyes just fly all over and my fingers can’t connect to the signals my brain is sending 😆 I have no idea how people get the platinum trophy but seeing that it’s listed as Ultra Rare on PSN, I’m guessing a lot of people just…don’t lol. I’ll probably stop this game to catch up on my otome game backlog, but I can see myself coming back to it to try and get more of the trophies later on. I think it has a learning mode you can see how a song SHOULD be played in oni mode so you can at least try to do it correctly for yourself. As usual there are DLCs available to buy on PSN but I didn’t particularly know any of the songs they offered except the Aquarion opening so I didn’t buy any.
Overall I think if you like music games you should give this a try. A trial is available on Japanese PSN and you can check the song list to see if you like any of the songs on there (any UtaPri fans will be happy about Maji Love 1000% at least XD). And while some may think Don-chan’s voice is annoying, I think it’s the cutest thing ever (ﾉ´∀｀*)♡