This morning we briefly checked out Rhythm Thief and the Paris Caper - as it's dubbed - thanks to a code provided by Sega, and we've confirmed you need a network connection to play the game at all. This is stated clearly on the game's App Store page, and when we tried to play it on our iPhone 5 in Airplane Mode, we couldn't get past the title screen.
As far as we've established, the game needs a connection to save progress. This is maybe related to a new "accomplices" feature. As you progress along you collect characters as accomplices, although it's easier to think of them as stat boosts you equip. You can also borrow accomplices from other players, including friends that you've registered.
As for the gameplay, there's a ton of new stuff including new mini-games, new rhythm missions, and a choice of wardrobe to clad Phantom R in, etc. However, the 3DS game's main story is apparently stripped down to the rhythm game missions in this iOS version, with much smaller bits of exposition in between them - that may be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective, really.
Also, there are in-app purchases for "R coins," and as far as we can see they're used to acquire special missions, certain clothes, and other bits and bobs. We're not sure if you can get R coins without coughing up some real-life cash.
Quite the mass of notes there, but we didn't want to send you in blind. The good news is the core swipe-and-tap rhythm play translates really well onto iOS, so if you're a fan of the original game - and we were - or if you missed it first time around, Rhythm Thief and the Paris Caper may be worth swiping for yourself.
Tap to the Beat through the City of Lights in the Rhythmic Adventure Series'
Debut on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
SAN FRANCISCO – January 9, 2014 – SEGA®, Inc. today announce the release of Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Join Raphael and his faithful canine companion Fondue as they investigate the mystery of his father's strange disappearance. Tap to the beat through the streets of the City of Lights, gather clues and thwart enemies in this toe-tapping rhythmic adventure.
Featuring the addictive timing-focused gameplay from the 3DS release of Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure, Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper has been optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with over 20 original songs, 50 new missions and new mini-games that will test players' wits and timing.
Completing the final caper is just the beginning with a treasure trove of side-stories, limited-time special missions, daily challenges and over 100 accomplices to collect in pursuit of the perfect dancing troupe.
"Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper fits well with our ongoing mission to bring diverse, high quality titles to the mobile games space," said SEGA Vice President of Digital Business Chris Olson. "Now available to a completely new audience via the iOS platforms, both fans and new comers to the series can enjoy this charming adventure."
On sale today for £6.99 on the App Store, Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper promises good times for all with intuitive touch controls and progressively challenging missions in a world where music, mystery and style meet.