The Drum Master! Tips for beginners

If you’re ready to become a drum master, it’s time to play Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master! This incredibly fun, smooth, quirky and addictive musical rhythm game is all about jumping to a variety of songs while drumming to the beat in order to get a high score. Playing like other traditional rhythm games, The Drum Master is very easy to pick up but takes a long time to master its offerings.

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Don’t worry, you can play this game with a controller and the battery isn’t required, although that would probably make the experience more immersive. Due to the colorful and vibrant nature of the presentation, The Drum Master is an accessible game, however, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The following tips should help get you up to speed if you choose to embark on this drumming experience.

seven Be sure to check out the tutorial first

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

Okay, this should be an obvious point, but it still begs to be mentioned upfront. Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master might look like a cartoon music game with few challenges, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, at least in terms of difficulty. The cartoony and colorful presentation belies the nuanced and deep gameplay.

Simply put, go through the short tutorial first. The tutorial will quickly familiarize you with which buttons to use to press the different drum beats, especially the red and blue drum beats. If you ever forget which buttons to use or want to change them, you can always refer to the tutorial at any time to catch up.


6 You can always add a second player

playing drums with two players in taiko no tatsujin the drum master

Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master can be played solo or in multiplayer. In addition to playing against others in online ranked matches, you can also add a second player locally at any time. By holding down a specific face button on the song selection screen, a second player can jump right into the game to join in on the fun.

Music rhythm games thrive on diversity, inclusivity and creativity, so it’s great to see The Drum Master enabling both local and online play. Plus, it’s a great way to test your mettle against your friends and family. Who will get this high score?

5 There are a lot of difficulties

choose a song difficulty in taiko no tatsujin the drum master

Right off the bat, Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master features a bunch of different difficulty levels depending on how prepared you are for a challenge. Not only are there different difficulties, but there are also different star ratings in each difficulty depending on the song you choose to play.

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It’s a surprisingly deep and nuanced system that has been adapted to each song. Basically, you can choose from Easy, Normal, Hard, or Extreme, with the latter option often letting you play diverging notes or secret parts of the song to spice things up. No matter your skill level, you can have a great time in this game.

4 Give your drum mate a boost

buy outfits for your drum buddy in taiko no tatsujin the drum master

One of the most fun parts of this game is definitely the ability to spruce up your adorable drum mate. Yes, you can completely customize your drum mate with a multitude of colors, outfits, pets, hats, and more. It’s completely redundant but utterly endearing to see your smiling drum pal all dressed up for the occasion.

Right off the bat, you can change your drum buddy’s colors, but you quickly start earning coins from successful song plays. With your coins, you can enter the shop to buy all sorts of wacky, weird, and hilarious cosmetics for your drum pal.

3 Gameplay is combo-based

play a combo of classic songs in taiko no tatsujin the drum master

The gameplay of Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master is entirely based on combos and high scores. You basically have two separate drum notes, one blue and one red. Each of these notes is played with a different button on the controller and must be pressed when the note meets the center of the target area.

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To clear a song successfully, you must reach a certain score threshold which is indicated at the top right of the screen by a music score bar. In order to get the best scores, you need to focus on hitting every drum beat without missing a beat so to speak. The higher the combo you get, the more points and coins you receive at the end of the song. It’s a simple system but it takes a lot of getting used to.

2 Lots of musical variety offered

choose a song in taiko no tatsujin the drum master

Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master has an extensive music library based on your preferences. While music is most definitely a subjective thing, there are definitely at least a few songs to put a smile on your face. From classical music tracks to anime themes to J-Pop, the diversity of this game is quite staggering.

If that wasn’t enough, you can even find songs from games such as Tales of Arise and Undertale. That’s a pretty impressive lineup, and you can even purchase additional songs from the in-game store.

1 It’s a damn weird game

taiko no tatsujin the drum master title screen with drum buddies

Honestly, Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master is a completely bonkers and weird game. Luckily, this madness actually works in the game’s favor. There’s so much variety in terms of visuals, presentation aspects, and music that you always find something new to watch or listen to.

Sometimes you just need a crazy cartoon game to refresh your playtime, especially one that challenges you and keeps you glued to the screen like this. People watching you play this game may have a confused look on their face, but once you put the controller in their hands, they’ll probably be hooked on the fun drum game too.

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