Keeping things pretty simple in execution, Melatonin delivers on rhythmic fun and challenges
One of the series most loved on Nintendo systems for rhythm and music fans is absolutely Rhythm Heaven. Sadly, for some reason there hasn’t been a representative for that franchise on the Switch to date, leaving fans somewhat in a lurch. I’m happy to say that Melatonin, with its pretty simple art style and multiple levels of challenges per stage, mostly captures the essence of those titles and makes for a compelling play. Weirdly, I found the initial tutorial to be a bit deceptive in terms of what to expect as I played, but in general the simple focus on replicating the patterns and timing you’re given to deal with is the focus and there’s little room for confusion. Your timing window is pretty tight, so you’ll want to be sure not to be using anything like Bluetooth headphones to play to keep everything completely in time, but generally feels fair and at least has distinctions for early or late, not just a right/wrong scoring system. If you’ve had that Rhythm Heaven-esque itch, looking for something to come along to scratch it, this is the closest thing I’ve seen on the system to work in that capacity for quite a long time.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.3]