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rhythm gameLooking back over this game today, I can’t imagine what would have initially attracted me to osu!, because I’ve always been terrible with mouse-heavy games and I’ve never been a fan of J-pop or K-pop. That being said, I’ve somehow been addicted to this game since the first time I played it.

If you’ve played Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, or any other rhythm game in that genre, you know that it feels completely different from any other gaming experience. When music and rhythm begin to control your gameplay, it’s just something that eventually becomes hard to pull yourself away from. You slowly begin to learn these songs, get better at them, and one day you’ll find yourself humming along to a song that you once hated – all because you’ve mastered it on a video game. osu! is no different.

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osu! is freely available on Windows and OS X. I’ve yet to try it, but there is also an iOS version available on the ModMyi Public Cydia repository. First worth appreciating is that this entire game has been practically managed by a single developer for years. Others have made contributions and assisted along the way, but it’s been mostly a one-man show. It’s always been free and it’s received consistent updates for years. This project has been handled extremely well and cared for.

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The gameplay in osu! varies from what mode you’re playing. The standard mode requires intense accuracy with the mouse 3 Flash Games To Help Improve Your Reflexes In The Browser [MUO Gaming] 3 Flash Games To Help Improve Your Reflexes In The Browser [MUO Gaming] Honing your skills with peripherals like the mouse or keyboard and sharpening your reflexes is something that can help you in general. Games that require no knowledge or game sense and rely completely on skill... Read More , where you’re following after blips and sliders that appear along the screen with the music. The course that comes along with each song is called a “beatmap,” and players can make their own.

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The video above shows osu!’s main gameplay mode on a very, very tame difficulty. osu! also has many other gameplay modes: osu!mania, Catch the Beat, and Taiko are the rest. Of the three, Taiko is the most popular. If you’ve ever played StepMania, it’s quite similar in some ways.

Here’s a Taiko gameplay video for comparison:

osu! has thousands of beatmaps for each gameplay mode, and you can find plenty of them on the official website. Playing a new beatmap is as simple as downloading it and launching the file. osu! should automatically open and handle the file.

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To me, one of the most impressive parts of osu! is how the community is integrated within the game. There are plenty of different multiplayer modes, such as co-op and head-to-head, and there is even a complete ranking system with online profiles for each user. I’m nothing close to impressive, but here’s a snapshot of mine:

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There are individual leaderboards for each and every beatmap on all game modes. The client is beautiful and smooth and osu! honestly functions like as much of an MMO The 3 Best Free MMO Games Available Online The 3 Best Free MMO Games Available Online Read More as any other. The community is extremely deep, they are passionate about the game, and it gets very, very competitive.

As players progress and reach milestones, they are announced through the in-game global chat. Players who achieve rank #1 on any map receive recognition and are broadcasted to the thousands of users online at the time. osu! is one of those games that, just by playing it, can sharpen your accuracy with the mouse and reaction time to practically make you a better all-around gamer.

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The online ladder shows some real dominance from the Asian players, which is pretty natural as osu! caters to genres of music most popular in this area. Don’t be put off by that though, as there are beatmaps for literally every type of music.

Give osu! a try if you’re on the fence about it. There is a mode for everyone, keyboard or mouse. You can also even play osu! on a tablet. It’s honestly pretty invigorating and exciting to play through a map several times and see your progression. Eventually, you’ll get comfortable with certain maps and make it a goal to run through it with a perfect “SS” score.

Download the game and let me know what you think. Do you know of any other games like it? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Nikita
    May 1, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Great game, thanks a lot! Unfortunately, I don't have a good mouse, so the standard mode is a bit tricky atm. However, definitely digging the osu!mania mode! The only downside is that most songs are of a very specific genre. I like anime in general, so nothing wrong with cool themes/openings. But I'd like some western rock/metal as well. Are there any similar games for keyboard and huge song libraries? Thanks!

  2. Joses Lemmuela
    April 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

    the video posted is not hard enough XD Also, this is actually a hardcore game.

  3. Brice
    April 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

    This game is based on the DS game "Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan" (and the sequel "Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2", and the US version "Elite Beat Agents").

    These games were amazing, I really hope they make a 3DS version.

  4. Tom Six
    April 9, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Wow, this game is great...wish I would have discovered it before.

  5. Charles Babb
    April 9, 2013 at 2:55 am

    The game reminds me of Elite Beat Agent.

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