What Games Should I Play If I Like Fortnite: Festival?

Fortnite Festival is a fun and simple delight for any music-rhythm game fan. Harmonix’s collaboration with Epic Games borrows heavily from the famed music game developer’s playbook while infusing the team mechanics and quirky atmosphere that made Fortnite a hit. However, once you’ve cleared the Festival Pass and received your rewards, there’s not much left to do.

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So, what else can you play while you wait for that next Festival Pass season to drop? We found ten stellar games that perfectly encapsulate the arcade rhythm game experience by prioritizing the music first and offering plenty of challenges. There’s no filler in these titles, just well-designed rhythm game mechanics and enough content to keep you tapping, strumming, or drumming to the beat all night!

Rock Band

A Full Band in Rock Band 4, showing colorful guitarist, bassist, drummer, and singer note sequences.

Rock Band 4

Developer(s)
Harmonix

Publisher(s)
Harmonix

ESRB
T For Teen due to Lyrics

Rock Band is the magnum opus of Harmonix’s prior work. The company gained critical acclaim and industry recognition for its early games, Frequency and Amplitude. This recognition led to collaborations with Konami and Activision, who published Karaoke Revolution and Guitar Hero, respectively.

The mechanics behind Karaoke Revolution and Guitar Hero are evident in Rock Band’s pitch recognition and guitar controller. However, Rock Band adds a drum controller and a bass track for the guitar controller to the mix. Combined with a vast music catalog of licensed tunes from the past 50 years, Rock Band makes a fantastic musical multiplayer experience!

Beat Saber

Custom Beat Saber stage for New Rules by Dua Lipa

Beat Saber

Platform(s): Meta Quest, PSVR


Developer(s): Beat Games


Publisher(s): Beat Games


ESRB: E for Everyone

Do you own a Meta Quest or PSVR headset? In that case, Beat Saber is a must-play. This virtual reality game has you slice incoming notes with two lightsabers. When you’re not piercing notes like a musical Jedi, you’ll dodge giant obstacles and avoid bombs. As one would guess, Beat Saber is a good source of exercise.

Don’t let the physical exertion perturb you. Beat Saber is a delight to behold. Stages burst with color, and each swing of your sabers feels incredibly satisfying. With DLC packs featuring Billie Eilish, BTS, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and more, Beat Saber will nourish your rhythm game cravings.

Amplitude

Four spaceships compete to successfully play the most musical tracks in Amplitude.

Amplitude (2016)

Platform(s): PS3, PS4


Developer(s): Harmonix Music Systems


Publisher(s): Harmonix Music Systems, Sony Interactive Entertainment


ESRB: E for Everyone

Suppose you enjoy Fortnite Festival, but you need a more significant challenge. In that case, we recommend you check out Amplitude (2016). This rhythm shooter is an intense test of skill and management, especially on higher difficulties. The reboot of the 2003 PS2 classic features gorgeous visuals, an original soundtrack, and a new team mode.

In Amplitude, you control a spaceship-like vehicle traversing through lanes representing different song components (guitar, bass, vocals, drums, synth, etc.). Your job is to shoot the notes on each track. Finishing a phrase without misses eliminates the track for a handful of measures. Eliminating tracks in succession keeps the song playing, which is the ultimate goal.

DJMAX Respect V

Blue and white notes descend a track while a music video plays in the background in DJ Max Respect V.

DJMAX Respect V

Platform(s): Windows


Developer(s): NEOWIZ


Publisher(s): NEOWIZ


ESRB: T for Teen

The DJMAX series is any electronic music fan’s dream game. Neowiz’s DJ simulator tasks you with hitting keys in time with descending note markers to emulate the various sounds in each song. If plunking on a keyboard controller to recreate sound effects seems familiar, you may have heard of a little game called Beatmania by Konami.

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Unfortunately, Beatmania is almost exclusively a Japanese franchise (with one ill-fated North American launch on the PS2). DJMAX Respect V is the closest thing to Beatmania that Western gamers can play at home. However, this title is an excellent stand-in featuring a robust song list, in-depth options, tons of cosmetic goodies, and rock-solid developer support!

Invector

Invector: Rhythm Galaxy

Platform(s): Windows


Developer(s): Hello There Games


Publisher(s): Warner Music Group


ESRB: T for Teen (based on AVICII Invector rating)

Invector is a deceptively simple rhythm game. While it may look like an Amplitude clone at first glance, you’ll soon realize there is more under the spacecraft’s hood. While Amplitude focuses on reconstructing a song, Invector takes each song in its catalog and translates it into an obstacle course. There are several twists and turns (literally).

Like several titles in our list, Invector is a game for electronic music fans by electronic music fans. The original title was developed in collaboration with the late Swedish DJ Avicii, known for his 2013 single “Wake Me Up.” Its sequel, Invector: Rhythm Galaxy, continues this legacy with a catalog featuring hitmakers like Charlie Puth and up-and-comers of the electronic music scene.

Superbeat Xonic

A combo streak breaks during a gameplay session of Superbeat XONIC.

Superbeat Xonic

Platform(s): PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch


Developer(s): Nurijoy, PM Studios


Publisher(s): PM Studios, Acttil


ESRB: T for Teen

South Korea has given us several music-rhythm game hits, such as the Dance Dance Revolution competitor Pump It Up and Beatmania’s peer DJMAX. Superbeat Xonic is another example. This title premiered on the PS Vita before launching on home platforms like the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Unlike most rhythm titles with notes descending a track, Superbeat’s targets travel from the center outward in a wheel. You’ll have to use your controller’s thumbsticks to match sliding targets while accurately hitting notes. With so many targets arresting your focus, you may find yourself seeing in tunnel vision!

Spin Rhythm XD

A musical wheel aligns with notes descending down a track in a gameplay session of Spin Rhythm XD.

Spin Rhythm XD

Platform(s): Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch


Developer(s): Super Spin Digital


Publisher(s): Super Spin Digital


ESRB: E for Everyone

Music sims can feel repetitive after a while. After all, how many times can one tap notes on a track without getting bored? Fortunately, Spin Rhythm XD gives the genre a whole new spin. (And no, we won’t apologize for that pun.)

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In Spin Rhythm XD, you’ll steer a red and blue wheel to align with notes traveling down the screen. Higher difficulty levels introduce new button prompts that add complexity and depth to gameplay. Spin Rhythm XD is a gem that harkens back to arcade classics, like Beatmania, DDR, and Guitar Hero, while keeping the experience fresh.

Taiko no Tatsujin

drumming to an anime song in taiko no tatsujin the drum master

Taiko no Tatsujin (Franchise)

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch, iOS


Developer(s): BANDAI NAMCO


Publisher(s): BANDAI NAMCO


ESRB: E for Everyone (based on Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival)

Do you consistently take on the drum track while playing Fortnite Festival? Then why not give the Taiko no Tatsujin series a try? This charming rhythm game emulates the experience of playing a traditional Japanese percussion instrument. And it features two cute-as-a-button mascot characters!

One of the best parts of Taiko no Tatsujin is its versatility. This series always curates a diverse music selection, including anime theme songs, classical pieces, the latest J-POP hits, and even music from popular Bandai Namco games, like Tekken!

Here’s a fun fact. Taiko no Tatsujin has two RPG titles exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Check out the Taiko Rhythmic Adventure Pack if you want to embark on a marvelous musical journey!

Don-chan, Tia, Popo Kaka, and a team of friends fight a monster horde inside a magma filled cavern in Taiko No Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 2.

Pianista

Notes glide down the hardwood surface of a piano in the rhythm game Pianista.

Pianista

Platform(s): iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch


Developer(s): Pianista Company, Ltd.


Publisher(s): Pianista Company, Ltd.


ESRB: E for Everyone

Pop, rock, and dance music seem to have a stronghold on the rhythm game genre. But what about those of us who wish to play along to some Bach, Mozart, or Debussy? Pianista has you covered, featuring familiar rhythm game mechanics with a presentation straight out of the 18th century!

Pianista works well as a free-to-play mobile title. However, the Nintendo Switch port offers plenty of bang for your buck. This version includes local multiplayer, a catalog of 77 songs by 23 different composers, and an exclusive encyclopedia that teaches you about each composer’s life and career.

Rocksmith

Rocksmith 2014 gameplay

Rocksmith+

Platform(s): Windows, iOS, Android (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S – TBA 2024)


Developer(s): Ubisoft San Francisco


Publisher(s): Ubisoft


ESRB: T for Teen

Nailing that “Stairway To Heaven” guitar solo on Rock Band’s Expert difficulty level is a great feeling. But wouldn’t it feel even better to play it on a real-life electric guitar? You can do that in Ubisoft’s music game/teaching tool, Rocksmith. This revolutionary title lets you play with an electric guitar via USB.

Ubisoft’s latest Rocksmith title, Rocksmith+, is offered as a live-service subscription for PC and mobile devices. However, this modestly priced service has abundant content, including a rich song library, a bevy of practice tools, and the introduction of piano compatibility.

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