Music games make up one of the most enjoyed genres on touchscreen devices. And there’s a good reason for that — the gameplay is just right for the job. The simple act of tapping a note at the right time has become an art form that we see reflected in rhythm games. We’d like to pay tribute to these types of games that have been around since the 70s, with a selection of the best rhythm games on Android. Read on to find a list of games of all different styles and that are also available for free.
While rhythm games have been around for a long time, no one can deny the enormous influence Guitar Hero has had on the genre. With the appearance of the game from Harmonix, numerous games have tried to follow in its footsteps with a similar style. But remember, they didn’t invent this type of game — they just helped make it popular in western countries. We would describe beat Fever as the Guitar Hero for Android given that it’s one of the few rhythm games that offers a huge collection of hit music. [Download]
Rayark is one of the most interesting companies in the music game genre. This Taiwanese developer has three authentic rhythm classics for mobile devices: Cytus, VOEZ y Deemo. We’ve chosen this game because its gorgeous graphics have us mesmerized. While we may have seen its gameplay a hundred times before (tapping the music notes that fall from the upper part of the screen), the fairy tale story that’s tied into the game gives it an original and different focus. Not to mention the practically endless list of songs available to play. [Download]
This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Music Racer, but we just can’t get enough of this creation from Audiosurf. It’s a fun musical arcade game where you play along using songs on your device and it will put your reflexes to the test as you dodge obstacles without losing your cool. These obstacles will be put in your path according to the rhythm of the song that’s playing, so you can choose how to enjoy Music Racer according to the music you feel like listening to. [Download]
The BTS phenomenon continues to be huge in 2018 and the popularity of this South Korean group just keeps on growing. SuperStar BTS is a great music game where you can enjoy songs from this popular band, along with tons of unlockable content that fans are sure to love. It’s a must-have game for fans of the group, although really anyone can happily enjoy the title as you can see in our gameplay video. [Download]
While the vast majority of rhythm games have you tap the game at the exact right moment, RIDE ZERO camouflages this fact by disguising the game as a shmup. Your objective is to defeat all the enemies who attack you, but the way to do this is by blocking and returning their shots to the beat. It’s a really original title that puts a fresh spin on a genre that tends to be a bit repetitive. [Download]
DJMAX TECHNIKA Q
The DJMAX saga has been around since 2004, creating rhythm games that stand out from the rest thanks to their experimental music and beautiful visuals from Korean artists. This Android installment is unique due to its perspective: the music notes you have to tap appear horizontally, so you have to watch both sides of the screen to tap the buttons on both the left and right sides of the screen. It’s also one of the few examples from the genre that has animated backgrounds on the screen. [Download]
LoveLive School idol festival
The transfer of Virtual Idols to musical videogames is all-out and the popularity of these games, especially in Japan, has taken the genre to a completely new dimension in terms of fame. We lose count of the enormous number of titles in this subgenre, but Love Live! School Idol Festival is one of our favorites. It’s a game that’s been succeeding on mobile devices since 2014 thanks to its mix between visual novel and rhythm game. But don’t let it fool you with its kawaii looks: it’s a real challenge due to the fact that you need to watch 9 different places where the notes might land. [Download]
Geometry Dash SubZero
Talking about Geometry Dash means discussing one of the sagas that has managed to take full advantage of the reach of youtubers. It’s an excessively difficult platformer that offers little gratification. Thus, it’s found its niche with the world of gameplay videos and the reactions of everyone who plays it. This doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s an entertaining game with great graphics that we’ll keep coming back to in order to get a taste of precious victory. We’ve chosen Geometry Dash SubZero since it’s the latest installment in this saga that makes us suffer. [Download]
Lost in Harmony
We could have put together a list made up of just clear-cut, classic rhythm games. This list could go on for days, in fact, with most of them offering the utmost in quality. However, we love when games mashup their genres and Lost in Harmony is a game that we never get tired of recommending. This gem brings together elements of endless runners with music games all wrapped up in a beautiful story that just might squeeze a tear or two out of many players. [Download]
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!
We’re back to talking about virtual idols with the new game from the BanG Dream! franchise. It’s a title that will have you hooked for hours on end thanks to its extensive concept and the the enormous number of songs available to enjoy. Its mix between a visual novel and classic rhythm game is gratifying thanks to its development, since the two parts go hand in hand in order to advance. Plus, it offers a musical selection packed with versions of legendary hits from different anime series. Don’t blame us when you can’t get that guren no yumiyaaaaa out of your head. [Download]