Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, the review of the new mobile rhythm game by SEGA



After having conquered more than five million players, the new mobile rhythm game by SEGA arrives here: the review of Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!

Hatsune Miku, SEGA’s virtual idol, is now an institution: over the years, the character has gained enormous popularity internationally, popping up a bit ‘on all platforms with its fun rhythm game. Well, now it’s the turn of iOS and Android devices.

Pop songs with synthetic vocals? Engaging choreography? Rhythm mechanics of a certain thickness mixed with a narrative structure in visual novel style? The new title developed by Colorful Palette offers this and more, as we are going to tell you in the review of Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!

History

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, one of the protagonists is projected into the virtual world

We mentioned a visual novel-style formula not by chance, because Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! focuses on a storyline that sees as many as twenty-five characters (twenty of which are new), divided into five different formations, face their difficulties in the real world and solve them somehow thanks to the power of music.

Set in the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, the game’s story is told through mostly static sequences, completely spoken in Japanese and subtitled in English, which are unlocked as we complete the purely playful part of the package, namely the music shows.

Structure

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, the in-game store to purchase tracks

The main screen of Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! is rather crowded with content to access, but it always remains well readable and doesn’t lead to the chaos typical of Asian MMORPGs, for example. You can take the story forward by watching new sequences for the various characters and groups involved, try your hand at solo shows, five-player co-op or participate in special online events.

An editor allows you to change the clothing of the protagonists based on the items obtained up to that moment, while it is always possible to consult the rich list of achievements and receive their rewards, to be used eventually to purchase new songs to add to the tracklist. There is also an option related to gacha items, but these are limited to aesthetic customization.

The game is available in freemium format, with a series of possible microtransactions, but adopts a very elastic approach: there is an action energy indicator that regulates the number of shows with which we can engage, but it recharges very often and does not consume in case you decide to interrupt a session for any reason, such as a connection problem.

The problems are other, in this case a management of separate downloads that at some point becomes exhausting: already after the introductory phase is required to download nearly 1 GB of data that the system could easily pull down while we were busy with the tutorial, but the same request appears for much of the content as you proceed with the story, so you spend a lot of time waiting.

Gameplay

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, the rhythm gameplay with choreography in the background

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!’s gameplay takes the form of a traditional rhythm game, with different difficulty levels that determine the amount of notes to tap on the screen in time to the music. Let’s just say that the easy level is really trivial and offers little in the way of ideas, while the normal one provides a decent introductory experience. The other two levels of challenge should be tackled only when you memorize the characteristics of the songs well, otherwise you’ll quickly collapse.

In this regard, the starting tracklist has eighteen songs, each available in two versions, interpreted by the vocaloid or by the characters. The list will undoubtedly be enriched soon with new additions, after all, the Japanese edition contained almost thirty at the beginning, but we are talking about pieces that a casual audience could easily not know: a very different approach than the one described in the review of Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop Tap Beat, for example.

Graphics and sound

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, one of the protagonists in a commercial district of Tokyo

The richness of Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! extends to the technical sector, really nice and pleasant. The many characters are well-drawn and all sequences in visual novel style boast a huge amount of fine artwork, but it is the choreography during the shows to steal the scene literally, with the various members of the band playing, singing and dancing, creating a very pleasant show.

On the sound side, as already mentioned all the dialogues are spoken in Japanese, strong with a stereotypical but solid interpretation, and then there is the matter of the tracklist: the songs are nice, but you have to like the genre and they are certainly not famous pieces. Discovering them one by one is certainly a potential strength of the game, but this is inevitably a very subjective matter.

Comment

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! is a solid and fun rhythm game, with very traditional mechanics that are, however, enlivened by the presence of a multiplayer mode and special events, as well as a narrative segment in visual novel style that is certainly interesting for fans of this genre of productions. Really nice to see and hear, the title produced by SEGA does not place any particular constraints with respect to a free use, but offers a tracklist that may not even like you and a management of separate downloads frankly obnoxious, which breaks a lot of the rhythm (yes) of the experience.

PRO

  • Traditional but solid rhythm mechanics with a few twists
  • Interesting characters, many different stories
  • Technically very well done, you play for free without any major problems
  • Irritating management of separate downloads
  • You may not like the tracklist
  • Some doubts about the amount of different currencies in-game
  • Have you noticed any errors?
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