It’s been a long time since I’ve played a game as delightfully weird as RadioHammer. Originally a game for Android devices, the game has been ported over to the 3DS eShop with the added feature of a new character, Celia, from Ark System Work’s own fighting game, Chaos Code. In total, there are four characters, each with the same mission: Take down evil forces with the power of music and a giant hammer, all while being broadcasted live.
Motives and enemy designs change for each DJ. July Ann, for example, has to take down perverts (if you miss a beat, they’ll flash her, which is something I personally found more disgusting than funny), while MC Wayne has to save the world from an alien invasion. On top of different environments and enemies, each DJ also has a different selection of songs. While MC Wayne’s songs are more on the funky side, Simply Lita’s songs are more rock-oriented.
A rhythm game is nothing without good music, and fortunately, RadioHammer delivers with some seriously good tunes when you’re playing the game; it’s fun to smash baddies along to a song’s kicking beat. Unfortunately, outside of playing a level, the songs fail to be memorable. The songs may be good but they’re definitely not catchy on any level. And while you’re free to listen to songs in the game’s Jukebox mode, there’s really no reason to.
The biggest flaw with RadioHammer is its repetition. Each DJ has fourteen levels and a boss, and you’ll have to complete the story of each DJ before unlocking the next one. This means going through a whopping fifteen levels just to access new music, which can be a pain. Thankfully, each stage has its own set of three start objectives for you to complete, meaning you at least a reason to be fighting through the stages.
While the game starts off a little too easy, it quickly gets more challenging with each level, offering a good difficulty that helps ease gamers into the system. It also feels satisfying to keep building your combo meter by not missing an enemy and making sure you don’t fall for false power-ups called “traps” that take down your health bar.