It’s always fun to see genres blended in unexpected ways. The rhythm game genre, in particular, has seen some unique applications and modifications recently. Cadence of Hyrule perfectly polished the combination of ruthless dungeon-crawling and melodic, beat-based timing that Crypt of the NecroDancer pioneered. Later this year, Taito is releasing a wild blend of Bubble Bobble and Touhou that puts a rhythm-based spin on the familiar bubble-popping mechanics of the game. Now, we have another unexpected rhythm game genre mashup to look forward to, thanks to the release of It’s Raining Fists and Metal on the Nintendo Switch.
At first glance, It’s Raining Fists and Metal might just seem like some sort of hair metal-focused rhythm game. One look at the gameplay, though, and you can immediately see how much more unique it is. The game pits up to four players against each other in Smash Bros.-style brawler combat, but each of your attacks needs to be timed to the beat of the music currently playing. The mix of frantic, free-for-all action with deliberate, timing-heavy gameplay sounds stressful and chaotic in all the best ways. There are a variety of maps to duke it out on and an array of customizeable characters, as well as an Adventure mode that can be played either solo or in co-op.
It’s Raining Fists and Metal is out now on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $6.99.