Rhythm Ring Revolution
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Rhythm Ring Revolution

by jasonk on 8 Mar 2021 for Rookie Awards 2021

Rhythm Ring Revolution is a casual mobile rhythm game with procedurally generated music and dynamic tempo based on your performance. Tap along to the beat to keep your streak and push the gameplay to its maximum speed. Beat your high scores and earn coins to unlock new looks and music themes.

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Game Description

Rhythm Ring Revolution is a casual mobile rhythm game with procedurally generated music and dynamic tempo based on your performance.

Tap along to the beat to keep your streak and push the gameplay to its maximum speed. Beat your high scores and earn coins to unlock new looks and music themes.

Experience new tracks every round with beatmaps and music created on the fly; no two rounds are the same!

Website: https://kelpfulstudios.com
Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.KelpfulStudios.RhythmRingRevolution
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rhythm-ring-revolution/id1551825642

Development Process/Challenges

Rhythm Ring Revolution is the first game that our group completed and published to an established platform, so it came with a lot of challenges. Dynamic tempo is very complicated to achieve while not affecting the pitch, but we managed to solve it by playing individual notes rather than a complete soundtrack and manipulating the rate at which these notes were played. Likewise, procedurally generated music involved integrating a third-party asset and setting up systems to create the music properly; this enabled the game to use a variety of music themes that synced up with the gameplay. COVID also made it much more difficult to do playtesting and overall increased development time significantly.

Throughout the project, we developed our game with a core set of design goals: a game that is simple, quick, and replayable. These design goals shaped the development process of the game and were reflected in the final product.
-Simple: The gameplay only has input of tapping or holding down the screen
-Quick: 2 minutes per game enables players to play a round during a few minutes of downtime
-Replayable: 4 different difficulty options and varying beat tracks ensure that no two games are the same

There were a lot of mobile-specific constraints that we had to account for throughout our development, such as aspect ratios ranging from 4:3 to 21:9 and memory/performance limitations. Since we wanted to publish to both iOS and Android, we also needed to obtain a publisher. Our partnership with MAGIC Spell Studios worked very well for us, and we were able to publish the game successfully on February 11, 2021.


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