Impressions on Ontamarama

By Spencer . July 14, 2007 . 8:30pm

ontama.jpgEvery year Atlus has a surprise game on their list. Last year it was Touch Detective, this year it’s Ontamarama. Before E3 I bet most people didn’t know about Ontamarama since it is fresh in Japan too, Ontamarama was released last month. There are Ouendan-like elements in Ontamarama, but Ontamarama is not an Ouendan clone. A musical bar on the top of the screen has colored notes floating from the right side of the screen to the left. Each color corresponds to an arrow on the D-pad that you need to press when it scrolls in the empty circle on the left. Before you can press the button you need to poke one of the happy looking Ontamas on the touch screen to drain musical energy. You end up using both hands in Ontamarama and there is a slight learning curve when picking up the game.


I was surprised when I was told Atlus is keeping all of the original songs in Ontamarama. Expect a mix of J-Pop and happy eurobeat with English menus when Ontamarama comes out later this year.

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  • EvliAkito

    I remember seeing a video of this on Game Trailers a while back. It looked sort of dull. But perhaps it’ll end up being more fun than it looks.

  • Pichi

    It looks to be harder than Ouendan if you are using both hands, and I do like rhythm games like that, I’ll be getting it soon!! ^o^

  • coffeemate

    Just what j-songs are going to be featured in this game?

  • @coffeemate – I didn’t write down the names, but I know how to find out! Let me send over an e-mail.

  • Afro Ken

    Hey Spencer, if you can help me out too! That would be awesome!

    I’m very curious about the tunes list, especially if the theme song by girl pop band 80 PAN! is making it into this release.

  • k0sm0s

    i played this game.. dont expect too much, the songs are very disappointing.. midi-like quality original compositions, there are 2 songs with lyrics (out of 11 songs in the whole game).. thus, it is very short..

    good effort, but i wud give it an average.. it wont be the quality of ouendan

  • Pichi

    @ k0sm0s

    There are 17 songs total in the game, you need to unlock more.

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