Deemo: Last Recital Plays Heartful Tunes on Vita [TGS Hands-On + Trailer]

Sony Hearts Indies, and that includes Rayark’s Deemo: Last Recital. Due out later this year in Japan, Last Recital is Vita’s take on the former cellphone-exclusive Deemo. I don’t like touchscreen stuff, but for music games, I tend to be a little more lenient, so Deemo‘s all-touch gameplay and interface didn’t bother me as much as it would in other genres. Here’s Sony’s official trailer:

The gameplay is rather simple: just watch the notes come from the background to the foreground, then tap them exactly as they hit the line. Difficulty can be adjusted in the traditional way (Easy, Normal, and Hard modes), and also by selecting the note speed before jumping into a song. It doesn’t have the flashy videos of Hatsune Miku or Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, but when you’re an indie phone port, eh, I’d say you’re okay without them. Such things would also go against Deemo‘s simplistic, less-is-more style and hopefully low price.

This was the song I liked the most:

I don’t know what it is about that one, but it grabbed me. I’m not usually a fan of phone ports or touchscreen-only interfaces, but Deemo: Last Recital proves a rare exception. I’ve only heard Japanese announcement plans so far, but if I discover anything else, I’ll let you know.