SNK’s The Rhythm of Fighters puts the beat in ‘beat ‘em up’


I recently wrote about an upcoming game that re-imagines SNK Playmore’s The King of Fighters as an, um, music-based beat-em-up, called The Rhythm of Fighters. As a huge fan of the franchise (and the proud owner of a 4 CD compilation of the series’ various soundtracks) I was intrigued by the idea — even if it is a major departure from what we’re used to.

Jump forward a week and the game has now landed in the App Store, priced $0.99.

The Rhythm of Fighters is a rhythm-based fighting game, in which your character is controlled by listening to the rhythm of the music, in order to unleash attacks on your opponent. The developers promise the “ultimate blend of rhythm & fighting game” and, while it’s definitely an oddball pairing, I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

The soundtrack alone is something to behold — augmenting the already great King of Fighters tunes, with a greatest hits collection from SNK’s back catalog, including Samurai Showdown and Metal Slug. Even better, the tracks have been remastered and rearranged by their original composers. There are currently 14 nostalgic tracks in the game, and more are promised for down the line.

Check out the trailer below:

SNK’s The Rhythm of Fighters puts the beat in ‘beat ‘em up’

The Rhythm of Fighters is available from the App Store, for all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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