A difficult game to get adjusted to, at first, Cytus α gets a standing ovation. A game that focuses on the rhythm of the music. Notes, circular icons, and lines are represented by the music that plays in the background. This is represented by various movements and interactions you have with the notes and lines. You have the ability to tap, drag, and hold as you play around to the sound of the music. You can use the Switch touchscreen or controller for this newly released Switch game.
The experience is relaxing and soothing as you continue to press each note and line with the beat of the song. However, there is a story behind the music as well. Cytus α is a story where you advance through chapters to unlock songs, but also the memories of the “Operator.” As you play along, you learn more about the narrative. This game has the ability to play online with up to three friends. You can climb the ranks with your challenges and beat your rivals.
Cytus α was published by Flyhigh Works and is currently out on the Nintendo Switch, released April 25th, 2019.
A Rough Start With Cytus α
Throughout the gameplay, we wanted to understand what the achievements were. Again, this takes a while – but after you learn what they are, it’s a fantastic game. It has difficulty levels, which we couldn’t even bear to do. It also has easy levels which we play with more often than not. After you play a few times — about three — the game gets easier to understand. How to move the circles and hold with the beat of the songs starts to make sense. You can then do it effortlessly. That is what happened with our gameplay throughout the game.
We were fortunate enough to get Cytus α on the Nintendo Switch which made the gameplay even better! With the ability to either play handheld or on our TV, we had a blast playing the game in different ways. The perfect time to play it was, without a doubt, at night before bed or a little bit in the evening. The game is so calm that it provides an enjoyable experience alongside it so we found during those times was perfect. It does need complete concentration or else you will fail (or get a bad score).
Beyond That, It Is A Complete A+ Game
While the beginning may be rough, there is a tutorial that shows you the basics of the game. How to play with the beat on the circles, however, it doesn’t give you a glimpse into how things change with the “Operator” until they do. That is the charm with the Cytus α, it’s a mysterious game but you want to keep playing it because it is mysterious. That is what makes the game exciting and enjoyable to play. (At least for us.) While the game itself is a blast, we didn’t get a chance to play with a friend or in an online setting.
Still, the game does promote it every chance they get. (After nearly every chapter or level it pops up the Nintendo Online ad for you if you don’t have it.) We assume that it is made for multiplayer mode such as Just Dance and Guitar Hero type games. We didn’t expand onto the multiplayer side so we are speaking from a singular player aspect. From what we have seen, the multiplayer mode seems like Cytus α will excel at the most.
Seldom playing alone can get pretty boring as it is a bit repetitious; we can see how the game would excel with a partner playing with you. In terms of a game such as Cytus α, we have to say it’s worth it. The story with the game doesn’t impede if you want to just play the game for the rhythm aspect. Instead, it [the story] is an added bonus to the aspect of the rhythm with the game. We have enjoyed playing the game and we can’t wait to see what else Flyhigh Works comes out with — nonetheless, we will be playing Cytus α for a long long time.