Super Beat Sports for the Switch Review
The king of rhythm-based games, Harmonix, is back with a new party game for the Nintendo Switch called Super Beat Sports. For $14.99 you get access to five mini-games that run in 60 frames per second regardless in which mode you have the Switch in. Up to four people can play Super Beat Sports at one time depending on the mini-game being played, but there is AI support so you can still enjoy the game by your lonesome. Although, I can tell you that this is definitely a game best played with friends, so while it can help pass some time by yourself, you’ll get the most joy out of it when playing against other humans in the same space.
The five mini-games you get in Super Beats Sports are Rhythm Racket, Whacky Bat, Net Ball, Buddy Ball, and Gobble Golf. Regardless of which game you play the mechanics are still the same. Either through motion controls or through using the “A” button on the controller, players must time their button presses to the music’s rhythm, which in turn will result in a rated hit of whatever type of sports ball was thrown your way. For example, in Whacky Bat, which is a stripped down version of baseball, you must time your bat swings with the rhythm of the monsters throwing balls at you in time with the musical track playing for each level. If you time your swing perfectly you will get a perfect rating, but if you’re too early or late, you’ll lose out on scoring points to earn higher medals for each game’s ladder.
Speaking of medals, most of the 2-player mini-games offer various tiers of skill to defeat, as well as a Pro Mode to really up the challenge. The 4-player modes on the other hand are more meant to just be competitive modes versus the AI or other human players, so there’s no tier system present in these modes.
At first the challenge of Super Beat Sports, regardless of mode, is weak, but that quickly changes as you reach higher tiers for each game. Whacky Bat perfection is easy at first, but by the time you get to the higher tiers, your brain and fingers will start to get crossed as you try to maneuver your character to hit each ball coming at you in time with the music to ensure the best score possible. The same can be said for the other mini-games, which in all honesty — even with their fancy names — are basically goofy versions of golf, volleyball, air hockey, and the arcade game Breakout.
Super Beat Sports is good at what it sets out to do, which is to provide a fun party-style experience that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is easy to pick up and play. It’s a great game to play with friends, and can surely make a party a bit more fun thanks to its rhythm-based gameplay. It would have been nice if some of the music was from known artists, but the cheery pop tunes are good enough to keep you tapping your controller in time as you try to set new scores and unlock more accessories to deck your character out with. It’s also competent as a single player game, especially if you’re someone who loves to master difficult challenges. The price is also right, so if you’re up for a fun rhythm-based game that can liven up your gaming space, then Super Beat Sports can fill that desire.
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided a Switch code by the publisher for the purposes of this review.