Rhythm Doctor has become one of my most favorite rhythm games of all time. I mostly stick to 4 key rhythm games, like Friday Night Funkin’, Etterna, Quaver, etc…, but the unique aspect of playing a purely rhythm-based game that you can literally play with your eyes closed has truly charmed me.
So much so to the point that it gave me the motivation to 100% the game, Full clearing (FC) every possible song in the early access version! (Full clearing, by the way, basically means getting an S+ in a song, not missing a single beat). The golden button you get from accomplishing this feat is such a gratifying reward!
My love of the game is truly unending, and so, has led me to write this guide! I will give 5 simple tips you can use in order to improve your game, and be on your way to 100% the game as well, and pump up your own love of the game hopefully! In no particular order, here are the 5 tips for you.
Learn from Making Mistakes During Gameplay
Whenever you miss a beat, you’ll notice the sound of the heart cracking. Whenever you try to learn new songs and make mistakes, listen to the patterns that the sounds of the cracks make, and try to adjust to try and replicate those patterns to hit the beats.
You’ll find yourself being able to do these sections in no time! Trial and error may not the cleanest way to learn a song, but it’s still rather effective. If you want, you could either look up the song on YouTube to learn the proper way to play it or just boot a level up and don’t press anything and try to figure out how to hit the beats and their patterns. Up to you really.
Listen to the OST to Get a Feel for the Song
Rhythm Doctor is a game that focuses much more on getting a feel for a song and being able to match its rhythm instead of challenging your mechanics. I love the OST to this game, and regularly listen to it as background music, and so I find it much easier to play through the levels as a result, especially the ones with my favorite songs.
The entire OST is available on YouTube, so go on and give it a listen! It might just help you understand songs you’re having a rough time with!
Strive to Improve in a Song Section by Section
I find this tip especially useful in songs where I find only certain parts to be pretty difficult to play, but is otherwise not that hard overall. Identify whatever part of the song you find yourself having trouble with, and pay close attention to the beats and patterns of that part, while taking note of the mistakes you’re making and how to fix them.
You could also check those parts out on YouTube, but I find actually practicing your play in-game to be more effective. It never hurts to do research though.
Count to the 7th beat in Chinese, not English
Okay, so this certainly something of a personal technique that I picked up when I was having trouble with Super Battleworn Insomniac. To keep my rhythm, I tend to count from 1-7 in my head or out loud. However, I find that when I get to 7, I sometimes get flustered because the word se-ven has 2 syllables, which can make me confused and miss a neat.
That’s when I switched to counting in Chinese instead like the game usually does in its tutorials because the Chinese word for 7 (qi) is only one syllable, which ensures I won’t get confused. It’s a bit of a weird tip, but if you also do the counting to 7 technique, then try replacing 7 with qi! It’s a simple, yet surprisingly effective change!
If You Start to Feel Frustrated or Tired, Take Breaks
I find that I play my best whenever I’m having a lot of fun and I really enjoy a song! However, there are times where I get pretty tired of constantly resetting due to messing up once. Getting salty or tilted from your mistakes is a surefire way to constantly make mistakes due to not being able to give your absolute focus on the song. Whenever you start to get tired or so, take a break!
Do anything besides Rhythm Doctor, or playing games! It may be fun, but give your mind and body a break and try to do something else, like walk around the house, nap, or read a book! You’ll be all rested up after your break, and be more ready than ever to FC levels!