Review: Lyrica (Nintendo Switch)

A young man who dreams of succeeding in life through music suddenly slips through time and space into ancient China and meets a mysterious poet. Please enjoy the story that is intertwined with the historical anecdotes and classic masterpieces of famous poets.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 259mb download size.
  • Rhythm action gameplay.
  • Lyrica is full Touchscreen.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Lyrica has its own in-game achievements.
  • Options-speed (1-5), tap volume, sfx, and fx sliders along with an input timer correction timer.
  • 3 modes- story, challenge, and songs.
  • Decent soundtrack.
  • Story-2 characters Chun and Yang. Play levels with set targets and unlock images.
  • Songs-arcade mode. Pick a song and difficulty.
  • Challenge-handful of set objectives on certain songs.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Photo album-shows off completed images. As you play story a level will then reveal a square of the image until complete.
  • Lyrica has you earn EXP and achievements to unlock new songs/images and sfx.
  • 3 difficulties-easy, normal and hard.
  • Many input types for notes in a song from a tap, double tap to swipes and holds.
  • Face button shortcuts on the menu.
  • Easy enough to learn the ropes.
  • Best played with headphones.
  • Quite a large library of songs.

Cons:

  • The soundtrack makes or breaks it but to be honest it’s not too intrusive.
  • Have to unlock the Yang story.
  • No interactive tutorial.
  • Lyrica lacks leaderboards.
  • No song progress bar.
  • Casual game.
  • Hard to distinguish icons at times.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

Lyrica is a rhythm action game that doesn’t necessarily mix it up from any other game in the genre, instead, you would play Lyrica for the soundtrack, it’s a very tranquil, relaxed oriental soundtrack. It’s actually a good fit and let’s be honest, once you jack the speed and difficulties up, you will be too busy smashing icons on the screen to even realize music is playing! OK so as I said Lyrica doesn’t add much in the control department, it’s all touchscreen and uses taps, holds and swipes that you need to act in time with the music. I say music but you have a circle around every action that acts as a timer so go by that. 3 difficulties and a trio of modes mean you always have something to play but it has no online interactions like leaderboards so unless you have a local setup then the game loses a lot of replayability. I am not I to rhythm action games usually but I managed to finish the two stories and came away from Lyrica feeling more like I just did a workout than play a game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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