super guitar manic 2

Keyboard shredding and unashamed soloing have never been so entertaining

Still Going Strong

Rhythm games: they’re SO 2009, right? Well, yes and no. Yes in the sense that you’ll be lucky to find many people these days willing to fork out more than a few pounds or bucks for an old copy of Guitar Hero or Rock Band;no in the sense that the rhythm game genre is still going strong in flash form on the internet. You only need to look at many of the popular game sites on the internet to see that there is quite a bit of variety to choose from including games like Guitar Geek and Santa Rockstar Metal Xmas. There are no rhythm games out there that have garnered as much support and attention as the Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe series however, and Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 is a sequel that does plenty of justice to the original whilst giving players more than was ever available before, just as a sequel should be.

7 Million Could Be Wrong, But They Aren’t

Anyone that is even remotely familiar with the rhythm game format will be sick and tired of the many descriptions of the genre’s particulars in reviews such as these, but to put it briefly, Super Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 is a rhythm game that requires you to push certain buttons at certain times in time to music. That’s all any rhythm game really is: a button-pressing experience that adheres to strict timing and button specificity, all with view to increasing your score and making a name for yourself as the best virtual guitar player in the whole world (that exists inside your own head). In fact, this game is a pretty stripped down version of console games like Rock Band Blitz and Guitar Hero, but with the bare bones nature comes a great price: free to play, in fact, yet still entertaining enough to attract upwards of 7 million plays from fans all over the world.

Not Unique, But Uniquely Entertaining

Much like the highway-like interface of Guitar Hero, the system in this game moves from right to left, with letters like A, S, and D as well as the four arrow keys flying across the screen in time with the music;the corresponding keys must be pressed when they reach the strip on the left. Getting notes in time scores you points, missing notes loses you points: it’s a simple as that. Multipliers are pretty much the goal, and the more notes you get right the larger your multiplier becomes resulting in an epic final score.

There’s quite a bit to keep you hooked in for the long run as well, including the unlocking of different songs such as Super Mario World Rock and a Zelda-themed song, as well as several original compositions from various artists you’re not likely to have heard of. Song selection is of course where flash-based games fail to emulate their console-based counterparts;developers simply cannot afford licenses for big-name tracks, but this is not detrimental to the gameplay in any way that may make you reconsider your decision to play it in the first place. To make up for relatively obscure songs, you’ve got a range of guitars to unlock such as the Gibson Flying V, the Stratocaster, and the mystery SCGMD guitar.

Try Before You (Don’t) Buy

There’s really not too much more to say about Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 apart from the fact that it’s got the kind of attractive simplicity that most people look for in their flash games, whilst maintaining a tricky and almost frustrating air during its gameplay. It keeps you challenged but lets you feel successful at the same time. It’s graphics could do with a bit of work, but if you look at later titles like Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 4, it becomes obvious that this kind of raw design is deliberate and works very well for the series. There’s no music game more popular than this one, so give it a try and see what all the fuss is about.