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Review Phigros: a mobile rhythm game

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by RadEmpoleon, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. RadEmpoleon

    RadEmpoleon もぺもぺ

    Level 5
    Jun 4, 2018
    Comet Shard ★★★★Poké Doll ★★
    Hi don’t hurt me, this is only my second ever game review
    Ok let’s get this party started. Phigros is a fairly recent rhythm game (I believe it came out within the past year). As with any rhythm game, your goal in Phigros is to hit the notes on time with the song. The main gimmick with this game is the dynamic judgement line (the line where you’re supposed to hit the notes). Unlike many other rhythm games that have stationary judgement lines, the judgement lines in this game can move across the screen, rotate, and disappear. There can also be multiple lines on the screen as well.
    Gameplay is fairly simple. There are 4 kinds of notes: tap, hold, slide, and flick. Notes can appear from either above a judgement line or below a judgement line. If 2 or more notes should be hit at the same time, there will be a yellow glow around each note. Notes do not have to be tapped directly on the judgement line. You can tap anywhere above or below the line, as long as you are still lined up with the note.
    Currently there are around 80 songs in Phigros. New songs are added over time. Each song has 3 difficulties: Easy (EZ), Hard (HD), and Insane (IN). There are 4 songs with a much harder difficulty, Another (AT). Each chart is given a number- smaller numbers for easier charts and larger numbers for harder charts- from 1 to 16. Easy is around 1-7, Hard is around 5-12, Insane is around 11-15, and Another is usually 16.
    Here’s me doing the easiest Insane song. Note that I have the tap sound effects on.
    As I mentioned above, there are around 80 songs in the game. I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard of many of the artists whose music is featured in Phigros. However, there were a few songs I recognized from other rhythm games. For example, I recognized “Infinity Heaven”, “Chronostasis”, and “GOODTEK” from Arcaea, and some artists I was familiar with were LeaF, frums, EBIMAYO, and Sound Souler. I guess it’s refreshing to see new artists and not the same songs over and over (*cough Freedom Dive cough*)

    Some of my favorites? dB Doll, Dead Soul, CROSS SOUL, GOODRAGE, Electron, Magenta Potion, NO ONE YES MAN, and もぺもぺ. (Sorry I’m not good at narrowing down lol)
    The songs are broken up into sections. There are 3 sections that are “story” chapters- Chapter 4, 5, and 6. (I don’t know why there isn’t a Chapter 1, 2 or 3.) To my understanding, there isn’t really a story line. There are little “excerpts” you can sometimes get after clearing levels, but as far as I know, they don’t have much significance. (To be honest, I don’t really read through them anyway...) However, there are 2 hidden songs in the story chapters you can unlock, and the excerpts in Chapter 6 can shed some light on how to unlock one of them.
    In the shop, you can buy new songs, as well backgrounds and avatars for your in-game profile. One huge perk about Phigros is that the game is completely free. The in-game currency, bytes, is earned when completing levels or reading excerpts. Songs usually cost somewhere around 4 and 8 MB. Backgrounds are around 512 KB, and avatars are around 2 MB. I dont recommend buying the backgrounds or avatars unless you really want to, because you can sometimes earn them when playing songs.

    Alrighty that about covers the basics. There’s a lot more to explain, but I think this is enough detail already.

    I just have a few criticisms for this game. My biggest complaint is that there is no indicator of a perfect score or full combo during the levels. Other rhythm games have a subtle way of showing if the player has a perfect score or full combo. (Cytus II has the combo number yellow for a perfect score and blue for a full combo, for example.) Phigros has nothing, which bothers me when I’m not sure if, in a seemingly perfect run, I may have gotten a good instead of a perfect.
    Another problem is that your in-game account is bound to the device and not an email, so if you were to download the game on a new device, you would have to start all over, and that’s not fun.
    Final thoughts:
    Overall, Phigros is a very fun game. I’ve spent hours playing it, and I’m getting better and better. The crazy judgement lines are a bit daunting at first, but after playing for a while they aren’t as scary. Each level is unique because of the judgement lines, which makes each level fun to play (even if the level is ridiculously hard). I find myself drawn to play the Insane charts because of this. Yes, there are some downsides to the game, but they’re just minor complaints of mine. I definitely recommend to any rhythm game fans, or anyone who wants to try a rhythm game.
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  2. Barandofl

    Barandofl The eyeless user

    Level 101
    Jun 12, 2017
    Black Glasses ★★★★Red Orb ★★★★★Crown of Valor
    After what I've seen (your gameplay up above, plus some other clips I to youtube for), It does look a bit interesting. In the more difficult levels, the line does move around a lot, which is cool and all, but overall, this game really does remind me of a different rhythm game titled "Deemo". I'm not sure if it's cause I've played that game (and other rhythm games) a ton, but this one looks like it falls behind on difficulty.

    Not to say that this game is easy. I've seen what the more difficult levels have in store for me, and I can guarantee that they will take me a while to beat with an over 90% score.

    Overall, this looks great and I would personally download it, since my dumb brain is in love with rhythm games.

    On a completely different topic, you @RadEmpoleon, and this post, has inspired me to do the same with a different game that I'm currently in love with. I have to download an editing software, (and figure out how to use it), but I'll be writing my own review sometime later.
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