It's very rare to come across a multiplayer rhythm game that's actually enjoyable. Super Beat Sports features a simple yet satisfying collection of five games that you can play with friends so start tapping your toe and let's check it out!
Super Beat Sports consists of five sports: Whacky Bat, Net Ball, Gobble Golf, Buddy Ball, and Rhythm Racket. The first three feature campaigns that can be played through either solo or cooperatively with a friend while the latter two are full-fledged competitive sports that can be enjoyed with up to four players. No matter which sport you decide to play, you'll be surprised how simple and addictive the gameplay is. If you're a young or old gamer or anywhere in between, I imagine anyone can get some enjoyment out of these sports. Kids will get a kick out of the easily accessible gameplay while more capable gamers can aim for high scores. Overall, I must say that I'm thoroughly impressed by how this package manages to have wide appeal yet contains such rewarding challenges.
The world presented in Super Beat Sports is full of delightful alien creatures and cheerful human characters. It comes to life with fantastic animation, a vibrant colour scheme, and truly imaginative scenarios. Of course, a rhythm game isn't much without a soundtrack and the music here is lively, energetic, and catchy. Hearing the aliens harmonize with the melodies whenever they perform an action will put a smile on anyone's face. In the end, rhythm games don't get much more delightful than Super Beat Sports.
Let's talk about the sports. Whacky Bat is clearly the simplest mode as it merely has you time bat swings in order to whack oncoming balls. Net Ball is an interpretation of volleyball where you have to occasionally spike the ball with little warning so it manages to be a bit more exciting than Whacky Bat. Gobble Golf is more of a memorization game as you have to remember when and where certain aliens pop up in order to feed them golf balls in time. All three of these feature campaigns of levels that can optionally be played with a friend and Whacky Bat and Gobble Golf even implement a colour mechanic during multiplayer to help mix things up a bit.
Buddy Ball is kind of like racquetball where you hit balls into a wall of aliens who treat the ball differently depending on which kind of alien gets hit. It can get intense and is a ton of fun. Finally, Rhythm Racket plays like Pong although the ball moves through obstacles to the beat so it can be pretty tricky. Again, these two sports can be played competitively with up to four local players.
Unfortunately, Super Beat Sports has its shortcomings. First of all, you can aim to get high scores in the three cooperative sports but the lack of online leaderboards makes the effort required to do so a lot less fruitful. I wish there was an online multiplayer component, too, but there is none to be found. Finally, the simplicity of each sport makes them become repetitive fairly quickly. Therefore, you'll find yourself switching between sports frequently but you can only do that so many times before it all starts to overstay its welcome. Also, this simplicity likely won't appeal to hardcore fans of the genre who are used to complex and super-challenging experiences.
At this point in time, Super Beat Sports is definitely one of the best multiplayer experiences available for Switch. Whether you enjoy competing or cooperating with friends, there's enough rhythm-based fun here to liven up your next party.
- + Simple and satisfying rhythm gameplay that gamers of all ages can enjoy
- + Adorable visuals and awesome music
- + Mix of cooperative and competitive modes
- - Hardcore rhythm fans may be put off by the overall simplicity
- - Each mode gets repetitive quite early on
- - No leaderboards or online modes