7 Best Music Rhythm Games on Xbox


Are you an Xbox fan who also loves a good rhythm game? If you answered yes to this hyper-specific question, you’re in luck because Xbox, especially Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, has a ton of fun and musically inclined games. Whether you’re new to the genre or a longtime veteran, don’t worry, Xbox has something for everyone.

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Music rhythm games come in many forms, from small adventure indie titles to big music-focused AAA games where you have to play to the beat. These types of games can often be intimidating at first sight with lots of action happening on the UI and tons of colors showing you which buttons to press. If you’re in the mood for music, consider trying out these Xbox rhythm games.

seven Taiko No Tatsujin: The Drum Master!

taiko no tatsujin the drum master title screen with drum buddies

If you’re craving a fast, offbeat, and endlessly entertaining musical rhythm game, look no further than Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master! This drum-driven rhythm game is crushing in the best possible way, mainly thanks to its anime-inspired graphics and goofy characters.

Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master is equal parts brilliant rhythm game where you have to match the specific drum beat as well as some sort of precision puzzle. Often each song will throw random beats your way trying to get you out of your groove. Don’t worry, there are a ton of difficulty modes to choose from for each of the songs.


6 Thumper

Thumper on Oculus Quest Main Art

Who would have ever thought that a horror-inspired rhythm game where you play as a robot beetle would ever work? Luckily for Thumper’s case, it worked like a charm. This off-putting and spooky rhythm-action game tasks you with matching beats and musical patterns as you progress through otherworldly stages.

This game is not going to make it easy for you. Thumper is punitive, brutal and violent. For those hoping to enjoy the rhythm genre but want a darker, more action-oriented side, then Thumper certainly fits the bill.

5 Crypt of the NecroDancer

Crypt Of The Necrodancer Rhythm Game

Crypt of the NecroDancer has become something of a cult classic in the indie gaming sphere. On paper, this game sounds downright like bananas. Crypt of the NecroDancer mixes top-down roguelike dungeon crawling action where you have to time your moves and attacks to the beat of the music.

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While roguelikes have quickly become the norm in indie gaming, Crypt of the NecroDancer eschews genre convention by masterfully allowing music to guide you through every enemy encounter and every new dungeon run. It will certainly take some time to get used to the motion grid, however, those who are patient are rewarded with deep and nuanced gameplay.

4 Aero

aaero spacecraft releasing light on stage

Aaero is an ethereal light-based rhythm action game where precision is the key to success. The gameplay here centers around releasing energy and light in order to conquer each stage. Set in a fascinating sci-fi world, Aaero keeps you glued to the screen with fantastic licensed music.

Much like Thumper, Aaero is all about speed and precision, but without the influences of horror. Aaero isn’t talked about much in game talk, but it’s definitely worth checking out on Xbox if you get the chance. It’s beautiful and stimulating in equal measure.

3 Superbat: Xonic

awesome xonic rhythm gameplay

Superbeat: Xonic is a fairly standard and simple rhythm game, where you have to play each musical pattern correctly and with style. Released in 2015, Superbeat: Xonic was one of the first rhythm games to come to Xbox One.

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This game is great for those new to the genre as a whole as it gives you a plethora of songs to choose from and a huge number of difficulty options. The UI can be a bit overwhelming at first glance, however, you really feel like a rhythm genius once you master the game mechanics.

2 Any of the Just Dance games

A screenshot showing the gameplay in Just Dance 2022

The very many Just Dance games are often the butt of many jokes, mainly because of your clumsy appearance when dancing to the most popular pop songs that many people love. Despite how stupid the games are, they still sell like hot cakes every year, with one of the newer entries even being released on the Nintendo Wii for some reason.

For the uninitiated, Just Dance games, as you might guess, are all about dancing to popular songs. It really is that simple. These games can definitely be fun with the right group of friends, giving you a good laugh or two while helping you get a decent cardio workout…maybe.

1 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

KH Melody of Memory gameplay screenshot

Kingdom Hearts by nature is crazy enough considering that the series mixes beloved Disney characters with Final Fantasy characters to great success. Given that Kingdom Hearts has been around for over two decades now, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of spin-off games in the franchise.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is one such spin-off. In this game, you control Sora, Donald, Goofy, and other series favorites while timing your taps to the beats and patterns of various Kingdom Hearts songs. While it’s certainly a unique breed of game, it’s an absolute joy to watch fan-favorite characters dance to some great tunes.

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