Rhythm hit Groove Coaster drops the beat on PC in July

Groove Coaster

Taito’s Groove Coaster series has been a mainstay in both arcades and on mobile for yonks now. A one or two-button rhythm game with simple sprites and vector graphics paired with a broad range of Japanese electronica, often featuring Taito’s quirky in-house band Zuntata. An unusual pick for a PC port, but as someone with it constantly installed on their phone I’m certainly not complaining that Degica and Taito are set to launch it on PC this July 17th.

While I could be wrong, it appears that the upcoming PC version of Groove Coaster is based on the latest arcade iteration – Groove Coaster 4: Starlight Road – and brings the option to play it in both Android style (just single-button taps and swipes) or Arcade style (two buttons/analogue sticks, allowing for more rapid beats and the occasional double press), which should help increase the accessibility of it a little.

The PC version of Groove Coaster will be launching with 36 tracks, with more coming as paid DLC. If it’s anything like Groove Coaster 2 on Android, expect a mountain of Japanese indie tunes featuring absurd breakbeats and the occasional vocaloid. The Android version even has three whole albums worth of Touhou remixes, although they’re a bit expensive for my tastes.

One thing that may put off PC users is the game’s native vertical 16:9 display. There are 4:3 and 1:1 modes available in this upcoming PC version, but they don’t appear to give you any more visible notes to react to. This is an arcade game through and through. If you’ve got one of those rotatable monitors or a laptop that doesn’t mind sitting on its side, though, you’re golden.

Groove Coaster is launching on July 17th. You can wishlist it and see the full track listing here on Steam.

3 Comments

  1. GameCat says:

    Cool, but after watching this trailer I still don’t know how you play it and what exactly you do in this game. Uhhh.

  2. c-fan says:

    Looking forward to it! Didn’t play the android version much as I don’t like the pay-model too much. And never tried the acrade one as there is no arcades here in Norway. (except a few retro-game ones several hours drive from where I live)
    But on PC there’s at least a great selection from the start (I hope) so going to grab it for sure.

    How it works? There’s a thing following a line (like a roller-coaster) and you press a button, or directional buttons to the sides, on notes on the line. An there are hidden notes, called ad-lib, you find by pressing randomly with the beat at appropriate places.

  3. Caiman says:

    Given that Taito’s recent Space Invaders Extreme is bizarrely online only on the PC, I’m not expecting to buy this either if they pull the same trick.

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