Skip to main content

‘Project Rap Rabbit’ details emerge in Kickstarter campaign for rhythm game

Project Rap Rabbit - now live on Kickstarter!
In the current gaming landscape, rhythm-action adventures are a dying breed. Games like PaRappa the RapperGitaroo Man, and Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan used to tell a story in a creative and quirky way. For the first time ever, two of the genre’s biggest names are working together on a new music-filled adventure tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit.

First revealed late last week, Project Rap Rabbit mixes Japanese folklore, traditional artwork, hip-hop, and humorous rap battles. It takes place in an alternate version of 16th-century Japan where neighbors are being hostile toward one another. As their homelands become more diverse, neighbors become more suspicious of and isolated from one another.

Players control Toto-Maru, a simple rabbit who harnessed the strength of music, rhythm, and rhyme to counter corruption and small-mindedness. With his sidekick, Otama-Maru, the duo must restore peace and bring about global unification.

Rather than a simple return to form, Project Rap Rabbit brings unique rapping gameplay that evolves traditional rhythm-action mechanics. In a rap battle, the key is to defeat an opponent through musical jabs and uppercuts. To give the player a feeling of control, songs are more than just a series of lines to tap through. Instead, each rap is a series of dialogue trees full of clever rhymes, put-downs, and bragging. The final gameplay will reward experimentations through flexible and dynamic bonus systems.

Like a fighting game, each opponent will have a health bar in the form of Swag Gauges. The winner with the opponent with the most amount of swag. Each song is made of call-and-response segments which can be broken down into steps. First, players listen and select keywords from the other rapper. Then, players choose how they want to respond and press the face buttons in time with the following rhythm.  Responses are chosen with an emotion wheel. Players can boast, joke, laugh, or coerce.

During a rap battle, each foe reacts differently to each emotion. Figuring out the more powerful emotional response will affect them more while simultaneously boosting Toto-Maru’s swag.

Beyond the basic objective, replayability comes in the form of competitive leaderboards. While matching the beat perfectly will net good scores against friends, serious scores will require a bit more experimentation.

Project Rap Rabbit brings together the dream team of Masaya Matsuura and Keiichi Yano for the first time. Their two studios, NanaOn-Sha and Inis J have turned to Kickstarter to help fund the game. At the time of writing, the game has already raised over $70,000 of its $1.1 million goal. Stretch goals include an Xbox One version at $3.1 million and a Nintendo Switch version at almost $5 million. Various editions of the game are available starting at pledges of $40 or more.

Editors' Recommendations

Garrett Hulfish
Garrett is the kind of guy who tells you about all the tech you haven't heard of yet. He also knows too much about other…
Best Buy deals: Save on laptops, TVs, appliances, and more
best buy shuts down insignia line smart home products store 2 768x768

One of the best places to shop for almost anything involving electronics says so right in its name: Best Buy. The retail giant has a ton of departments with some of today’s most popular devices, components, and appliances for sale. It also offers a lot of these at a discount, which is certainly what we’re seeing right now. Some of the best TV deals, best tablet deals, best laptop deals, and best phone deals can currently be found at Best Buy, and those are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve tracked down all of the best deals you can shop at Best Buy right now, so read onward for some gift ideas for yourself or a loved one and for some great ways to save.
Best Buy TV deals

There may be no better place to purchase one of the best TVs than Best Buy. There is almost always some huge savings to find on TVs at Best Buy, and that’s certainly the case right now. You’ll find deals top TV brands like Sony, Samsung, and LG, and more budget-friendly brands like TCL and Hisense are in play, too.

Read more
Best PS5 SSD deals: Add more storage to your PS5 from $80
A 2TB WD Black

If you've snapped up one of the better PS5 deals around at the moment, it's a smart move to also buy one of the best SSDs for PS5 so you can easily expand your PlayStation 5's storage. While the internal storage will get you started, as you install more games and download more titles from the PSN store, the more you'll find yourself limited for space. That's why we've sought out all the best PS5 SSD deals around right now. Below, we've listed the best PS5 SSDs so you won't have to worry about any compatibility issues or installing a heatsink for yourself. Different sizes and price ranges are available here so you'll easily find the right one for your situation.
Our favorite PS5 SSD deal

It wasn't that long ago that you'd have to pay well over $100 to get a SSD for your PS5 and often, it'd be slower than the pricier alternatives. These days, you can buy a Samsung 980 Pro 1TB SSD with heatsink for just $80 from Best Buy, thereby saving $40 off the regular price of $120. The SSD offers speedy performance while also having its own nickel coated high end controller to help deliver effective thermal control. It means it won't overheat and performance won't be compromised. Being a PCIe Gen 4 SSD, you get twice the data transfer speed of PCIe Gen 3 which is useful. Offering maximum read speeds of 7,000 megabytes per second, it's a good upgrade to go alongside your existing hard drive with 1TB offering plenty of extra space at a shrewd price.

Read more
Best Xbox Series X deals: consoles, games, and accessories
Xbox Series X on a table.

The Xbox Series X, Microsoft's flagship video game console that's competing against Sony's PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch, offers phenomenal performance with an extremely efficient cooling structure that allows it to remain surprisingly quiet while pushing out 12 teraflops of processing power. The Xbox Series X works amazing with an Xbox Game Pass subscription, which grants access to a massive library of titles that you can play as long as your membership remains active. If you're interested in Xbox Series X deals for the console, as well as its games and accessories, we've rounded up the top offers below, but since we're not sure how long they'll remain online, it's highly recommended that you make your purchases quickly.
Best Xbox Series X deals

If you don't own the Xbox Series X yet, you're missing out on a powerful console. Discounts don't happen often, so the offers that we've rounded up here aren't expected to last long. Whether you just want the console, or you prefer getting it with a bundled game or an Xbox Game Pass subscription, you're going to get great value, especially if you're able to pocket the savings from below.

Read more