I’m back baby! Nah, but really I skipped last week because I wanted to fully enjoy my Labor Day weekend! This week I bring you yet another review for PS Mobile on the Vita, Cytus Lambda! I settled on this game after I saw some of its gorgeous artwork in the screenshots and just had to download it.
Cytus Lambda is a tap rhythm game set to various types of music, although it is largely music like J-Pop and Electronica. In fact, the giant version of this genre of game is often found in arcades here in the US. (Or at least several of the ones I’ve been too in Texas). Basically the goal of the game is that there is a black line that goes up and down horizontally on the screen. As it crosses the bubbles, you tap the bubbles in rhythm to pop them and (like in DDR) you are given various ratings as you tap them for how accurate you are. Such as Miss, Good, Perfect, etc. They’re are a few variations the game will throw at you so that instead of tapping you might also have to hold a bubble down or slide in rhythm to the beat/black line. Now none of this gameplay mechanic is unique or anything, I’m just trying to show what it is like for those who have never seen a game like it.
As I opened up with, what really made me download Cytus Lambda was its artwork. In fact, that is even a bullet point in their PS Store description, that the artwork is hand drawn. Sadly, while I suppose the game might have some sort of vague story, (I mean its a music rhythm game that is either lyric-less or in Japanese, I don’t know what they’re saying), the pictures are virtually a collection of beautiful, but virtually random artwork which does devalue it a bit less. That isn’t to say it doesn’t look gorgeous and really “pop” on the Vita’s MAGNIFICENT OLED screen!
For me to further on in this review I have to let it be known that Cytus Lambda is a free download, and with that you get Chapter 1 for free which contains 11 songs, each with 2 difficulties. So if you’re really into this you get 22 levels for free. That’s not a bad deal at all! After that there is the Prologue, and Chapters 2-8, that you can buy for a one time price of $12.99. Admittedly, as I’m not paid to do this, not particularly wealthy at all, and not really into this genre I couldn’t justify buying, but anyone who is fans of this genre I feel really owe it to themselves to download. Combining all the chapters and prologue you get 94 songs, each with 2 difficulty levels and a promise that all future additions to the game would be free after this one time purchase. For those not paying attention, that is over 180 levels and 94 unique songs. Not bad, not bad at all especially since at least in Chapter 1, each song was roughly a minute-minute and a half long. On paper that seems short, but when you’re fingers are tired after tapping like a mad man, you’ll be thankful when the song is over.
With all that said this means I can really only review in full Chapter 1, but from the previews I looked through of the later levels I could still tell that the music was great and the artwork was all unique and retained its beauty. The bubbles all felt very responsive when popped and I never noticed it not counting any of my taps nor did it seem like it lagged behind at all. The music isn’t for everyone, that’s for certain, but for this genre of gaming the music types are pretty common. On the PS Store, Cytus Lambda claims to have “Pop, Jazz, Trance, Hardcore, Drum ‘N Bass, and many more”. I suppose this is true, just keep in mind that it is virtually all Japanese music or style of music, and none of it is mainstream (at least not in the US). However, it sounds great! Really, it does!
There isn’t much more for me to say on Cytus Lambda I suppose, so here I’ve got my closing statements. First, if anyone has a Vita then they owe it to themselves to at least download the free part of the game. Why? Because its free and at best could introduce you to a small but pretty cool genre of gaming, or get you interested in some new music! At worst you just have to delete the 432MB file. I will say that the price for the full package did seem steep and I feel the developer, Rayark Inc, should consider lowering it from $12.99 to $9.99, but it still isn’t a bad deal for established fans of this music genre.
Because I didn’t play the full package I won’t give this a numbered rating, but I do STRONGLY recommend you download Cytus Lambda!
Cytus Lambda was developed by Rayark Inc. and is a free initial download on PS Mobile, with an optional $12.99 to unlock 9 additional chapters. It takes up 432MB of storage space. Cytus Lambda was released on June 25th, 2013, exclusively on PS Mobile, and currently has 4.68 stars out of 5 based on 645 ratings.