Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure

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a game by SEGA Corporation, and xeen Inc.
Platform: 3DS (2012)
Editor Rating: 9.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.4/10 - 5 votes
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Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure is a delightful rhythm game that will have you dancing through the streets of Paris. Playing as the charismatic thief Phantom R, you embark on a quest to uncover the truth behind your father's disappearance and a plot threatening the fate of the world. With its jazzy soundtrack and vibrant graphics, this game brings all the style and intrigue of a classic caper film to your 3DS.

What I loved most about Rhythm Thief was the variety and creativity of its rhythm challenges. Whether you’re maneuvering through laser fields as Phantom R, dueling with swords, or jamming on the electric guitar, the game keeps you on your toes with over 50 unique mini-games.

A Stylish Presentation

Rhythm Thief stands out for its gorgeous cel-shaded visuals, which capture the romantic essence of Paris. The 3D backgrounds are richly detailed, from the sunny cafés to the starry night skies. Character animations are smooth and full of personality, especially in the rhythm sequences where characters will play instruments, dance, and even duel with flair.

The anime-inspired style and charm of the characters give the game extra heart. The soundtrack brings equal vibrancy with a jazzy mix of lively beats. Each track fits the locale perfectly, from accordion-laced melodies in the French countryside to the thumping guitars of London’s rock stage. Overall, the audiovisual presentation transports you straight into Phantom R’s adventures.

Entertaining Characters and Story

While lighter on story (like most rhythm games,) Rhythm Thief still spins an entertaining yarn loaded with personality. Phantom R makes for an appealing protagonist – charismatic, and stylish, but with a heart of gold. His quest to find his missing father, Isaac, uncovers a globe-trotting plot filled with intrigue.

The various characters Phantom R encounters on his journey like Inspector Vergier and Marie add humor and keep things lively. The story does a nice job of tying together the wide array of rhythm challenges into a cohesive adventure. It may not dig too deep, but the overall narrative provides a satisfying backbone to the game’s charms.

Groovy Touch-Based Heists

The touchscreen controls are intuitive, having you tap, swipe, and stroke the screen in time to the catchy beats. Rhythm Thief strikes a nice balance between fast-paced action stages and slower, more puzzle-like challenges. The best part is the game covers a wide range of musical genres, from jazz to classical to J-pop. This keeps the experience feeling fresh from beginning to end.

With its creative rhythm gameplay, gorgeous visuals, and jazzy vibe, this game offers an infectious experience that will have you snapping your fingers long after you put it down. Fans of rhythm titles like Elite Beat Agents and Rhythm Heaven should not hesitate to take this thief on an exciting musical tour.


Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure brings flair and variety to the rhythm genre. Coupled with its standout presentation and charming leads, this game delivers an adventure with a beat that you won’t soon forget.


  • Wide variety of creative rhythm games
  • Gorgeous, vibrant presentation
  • Great sense of rhythm and style


  • A bit light on the story

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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