Cytus

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Cytus
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Cytus 2.0 Title Screen
Developer(s)Rayark Games
Publisher(s)Rayark Games
Platform(s)iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita (PlayStation Mobile)
ReleaseJanuary 12, 2012
Genre(s)Rhythm game
Mode(s)Single Player

Cytus is a rhythm game developed by Rayark Games, an independent game developer in Taiwan. It was first released on the iOS platform on January 12, 2012. The game was later released on Android on August 7, 2012. A port for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Mobile, titled Cytus: Lambda, was released on June 26, 2013.[1] An arcade version titled Cytus: Omega in collaboration with Capcom is revealed at JAEPO in February 2015[2] and is set for location testing in July 2015.[3] A sequel game, titled Cytus II, was released on January 18, 2018 for iOS and March 2018 for Android.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

The name Cytus is taken from Cocytus, the Greek mythological river of wailing or lamentation.[citation needed] Cytus features a story plot that is carried through its 10 main chapters as well as a prologue.[6] The story revolves around the protagonist, Vanessa, who lives in a 22nd-century world where robots with human memories are the only remaining sentient beings while living humans are killed by a mutant virus. Due to limited memory space, human emotions are stored in the form of music in "Cytus", and by playing the songs, the robots are able to revive their human emotions. The plot features the disaster and the protagonist's struggle with identity.[6] The story is told in-game through various cut-scenes that are unique to the chapter title songs; in comparison, the other individual songs within each chapter are at most only marginally relevant to the plot, except for a limited few.

Gameplay[edit]

The main gameplay of Cytus features the Active Scan Line, a black line that move up and down across the screen.[7][8] The player taps circular objects, referred to as Notes, as the Active Scan Line passes over them, following the music.

Three types of Notes are used. The Click Note, a single circular note, requires tapping the object in time. The Drag Note, a continuous track of notes, requires dragging along the track. The Hold Note, a note with an extended ribbon meter, requires holding over the note until the meter is filled. Notes to be hit as the line rises are colored blue and purple, while those as the line drops are colored yellow and green.[8]

Each Note is judged by the accuracy to be either Perfect, Good, Bad or Miss. The better the accuracy, the higher score is given. The maximum score is 1,000,000, and a minimum of 700,000 is required to clear a stage.[8] Basic score is 900,000, the score is divided equally into every note. Combo score is 100,000, the score is proportional to square of the maximum combo. Also, the maximum TP score is 100, and TP Perfect, NM Perfect, Good, Bad, Miss is calculated 100%, 70%, 30%, 0%, 0%, respectively. After a stage ends, various metrics are provided to show the player's performance, including score, TP, a letter grade, and numbers of hits in each type of judgement. Score system is referred: Fail below 700,000, C below 800,000, B below 900,000, A below 950,000, S below 1,000,000, Million Master at 1,000,000.

Playable songs[edit]

Cytus includes more than 100 songs available for play in the game, spanning a variety of genres including pop music, trance music and drum and bass. The music is composed and performed by independent composers and artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Vocaloid engines are also used.[8][9] A number of songs also has alternate version(s) in addition to the normal version. These can be called upon by interacting with the song artwork in the song selection screen. Gestures used includes tapping, swiping and holding at a specific timing and location.

Cytus also includes a series of songs in image of the overarching plot, collectively named Cytus: Alive, added in version 6.0 in July 2014.[10] Unlike normal songs, Cytus: Alive songs contains added plot animation during gameplay.

Alive[edit]

(To access songs in this album, go to access chapter [Operators, Disaster, etc.] and press the green or red numbers on the bottom half of the screen to get easy more or hard mode respectively)

  • Alive: Operators / Cranky
  • Alive: Disaster / Sta
  • Alive: Cytus / Sta
  • Alive: The Silence / Sta
  • Alive: Vanessa / VILA
  • Alive: The Lost / Sta
  • Alive: Loom / Sta
  • Alive: Another Me / Sta
  • Alive: Buried / Sta
  • Alive: The New World / Cranky

Chapter Prologue (0)[edit]

(Updated on September 18, you can buy this chapter for $4.99)

  • Process / Tsukasa
  • Endless Journey / Hoskey feat. Megurine Luka
  • Shoot Out / Tsukasa
  • LNS OP / Hoskey feat. Megurine Luka
  • Blue Eyes / Persona
  • Diskord / Sta
  • Infernus / Alpha Legion
  • Megaera / switchworks
  • Violet / Eyemedia
  • ¡Azucar! / Rabpit

Chapter Ⅰ (Operators)[edit]

  • Light up my LOVE / ani feat. moco
  • Ververg / ani feat. b (If you touch the candle when it's dark, you can play the hidden song Ververg Ver. B.)
  • Chemical Star / Tsukasa
  • Visions / Tsukasa
  • Les Parfums de L'Amour / naotyu- feat. miyu
  • Retrospective / naotyu- feat. maya
  • The Silence / Sta
  • DRG / ani
  • Secret Garden / Aile
  • Hot Air Balloon / Ice Bird (Mandora Theme Song)
  • Danielle the Beautiful / El Saman
  • Baho Tae / Petpet Massacre

Chapter Ⅱ (Disaster)[edit]

  • Iris / Sta
  • Sanctity / Rabpit
  • Sacred / Rabpit
  • Green Eyes / Persona
  • Nocturnal Type / switchworks
  • Precipitation / Ice (If you slide down along two red lines, you can play Precipitation Ver. B.)
  • Hard Landing / Yamajet
  • Entrance / Ice (There are two hidden songs - you can play Precipitation at the Entrance Ver. A by sliding the left wing to the center, or Precipitation at the Entrance Ver. B by sliding the right wing to the center.)

Chapter Ⅲ (Cytus)[edit]

  • The Riddle Story / Cranky
  • Libera Me / Cranky
  • COSMO / HAMO feat. Hatsune Miku
  • Prismatic Lollipops / DJ mashiro
  • Otome / suzumetune
  • Spectrum / suzumetune
  • Halcyon / xi
  • The Black Case / KillerBlood
  • Saika / Rabpit (you can play Saika Ver. B if you touch two red square where Japanese characters are written.)

Chapter Ⅳ (The Silence)[edit]

  • Evil Force / Alpha Legion
  • New World / aioi feat. Kamata Junko
  • Landscape / LOW-PASS
  • Future World / KillerBlood
  • Parousia / xi
  • Skuld / Rabpit
  • Darkness / V.K
  • Beyond / Rabpit
  • Area184 / Persona
  • Sweetness and Love / 3R2 vs DJ Mashiro

Chapter Ⅴ (Vanessa)[edit]

  • Holy Knight / Eyemedia
  • Dino / Cranky
  • Majestic Phoenix / Ice
  • Sleepless Jasmine / aioi feat. Kamata Junko
  • Chocological / Mili
  • Recollections / Yamajet
  • Total Sphere / Tsukasa
  • Just A Trip / KillerBlood
  • Zauberkugel / xi
  • Biotonic / ani

Chapter Ⅵ (The Lost)[edit]

  • Dragon Warrior / Hoskey feat. Megurine Luka & Kagamine Rin
  • Selfish Gene / Ani feat. Rin
  • Realize / Persona
  • Colorful Skies / 3R2
  • It's A Wonderful World / HAMO feat. Hatsune Miku
  • Bloody Purity / Eyemedia
  • Logical Steps / Yamajet
  • Niflheimr / xi
  • Old Gold / Cranky
  • The Blocks We Loved / KillerBlood

Chapter Ⅶ (Loom)[edit]

  • Black Lair / Sakuzyo
  • The last Illusion / Kiryu
  • Galaxy Collapse / Hero_C
  • L(Lost) / Ice (You can play two different versions: touch the letter "L" until it's red, you can play L2A. If you touch it until it's blue, you can play L2B.
  • Gate of expectancy / Nocturne Moonrise
  • Rainbow Night Sky Highway / Sakuzyo
  • Quantum Labyrinth / Haloweak (VANGUARD SOUND)
  • 楽(Musik) / KillerBlood
  • Hercule / naotyu-
  • Aquatic Poseidon / RIC

Chapter Ⅷ (Another Me)[edit]

  • Masquerade / M2U
  • Her Sword / Hoskey
  • Morpho / Orangentle
  • SLIT / Ebico & Jioyi (If you slide to the right downward, you can play SLIT O. If you slide to the left downward, you can play SLIT I.)
  • Laplace / Sakuzyo
  • Q / Kiryu
  • SCHERZO / BAROQUE
  • AXION / Sakuzyo
  • CODE 03 / Hoskey
  • Reverence / Vospi

Chapter Ⅸ (Buried)[edit]

  • Oriens / ginkiha
  • Hey Wonder / BRO'S
  • Brionac ~Lugh Lamhfhata~ / Project Grimoire
  • First Gate / NeLiME (touch the title to play First Gate OVERDRIVE)
  • East West Wobble / SHK
  • Warlords of Atlantis / Sakuzyo
  • To Further Dream / Shinichi Kobayashi
  • COMA / ensou
  • CODE NAME : ZERO / NeLime

Chapter Ⅹ (The New World)[edit]

  • FREEDOM DIVE / xi (slide down to play FREEDOM D↓VE, the hardest song in Cytus)
  • Halloween Party / SHK
  • YURERO / BRO'S
  • Twenty One / Qrabit
  • Solar Wind / KyuRu
  • Red Eyes / Persona
  • Finite Circuit / kiryu
  • Set Free KIVΛ EDITION / KIVΛ
  • Do Not Wake / Vospi
  • Gatorix / NeLiME vs Presti

Chapter S (Symphony)[edit]

  • LVBNR5 SCHWARZ / Cranky
  • VIVERE LA VITA / Sta
  • Rain of Fire / Acoda : Heir of Evolution
  • Molto Allegro / Persona
  • REVOLUXIONIST / xi
  • LVBNR5 Weiß / Cranky
  • Chaotic Drive / Switch works
  • Outsider / Yamajet
  • Requiem / Eyemedia
  • The Purified / Hoskey

Chapter K (Knight)[edit]

  • The Way We Were / NICODE
  • The Sanctuary / Eye AC
  • The Red Coronation / Eye RH
  • Forbidden Codex / Hoskey
  • Knight of Firmament / Eye XY feat. Yoneko
  • Lord of Crimson Rose / Eye DT feat. Searlait
  • Predawn / NICODE & M2U
  • The Fallen Bloom / Hoskey
  • Where You Are Not / NICODE (Play 8 songs above to play this song)
  • Music. The Eternity of Us / Mai Aoyagi (Play 9 songs above to play this song)

Chapter R (Retro)[edit]

  • Theme of Kingdom No. 8 / KillerBlood
  • Jump to the Future / Yamajet
  • Let's Go on An Adventure / 3R2
  • Hay Fields / ICE (touch the crossmark to play ∞ Fields)
  • Adventure / Verdammt
  • Dream(Chiptune Edit) / Rabpit
  • VitMaster / Sakuzyo
  • Fight With Your Devil / KillerBlood
  • Devil in Wonderland / VILA
  • conflict(YM2151 edit) / siromaru vs Cranky (tap the title 13 times to play conflict)

Chapter T (Timeline)[edit]

  • Penglaimovement
  • Aboriginal
  • Dutch Formosa
  • Empire of Japan
  • MONEY & MONEY
  • Phubbing
  • PROTEST
  • CATASTROPHE
  • Rebirth
  • A NEW HOME

All composed by VGO(Video Game Orchestra).

Chapter D (Deemo)[edit]

  • Rainy Memory / Rabpit
  • Undo / Yuk-cheung Chun
  • Hua Sui Yue / V.K
  • I race the dawn / Kevin Penkin
  • Wings of Piano / V.K
  • Utopiosphere / Mili
  • Fable / Mili
  • Angelic Sphere / 3R2
  • Leviathan / NeLiME
  • Magnolia / M2U (tap the magnolia grabbed by the girl's hand to play Myosotis)

Chapter L[edit]

  • The Devastated Lower (Loneliness)
  • Ascension to the upper (Liberation)
  • Roar, On the deserted lands (Leverage)
  • The Unrevealed (Latent)
  • The Revealed (Lapse)
  • Viz Awakened (Lunatic)
  • Almighty (Legion)
  • Meteor - Farewell (Lost)
  • Meteo - Mourn (Lament)
  • In Memory of Maneo. (Largo)

All composed by Ice & gaQden. tap "L" silhouette to play insane mode each song.

Chapter N (Night Keepers)[edit]

  • The Secret of Nightland
  • The Spy's Name
  • Night Festival
  • Times Difference War / Yuk-Cheung Chun, Marc Lin feat. Misi Ke
  • Fantasy Hotel
  • Steven Bites Time
  • The Cure of Sleep
  • Choice

All composed by Night Keepers, except Times Difference War.

Chapter M(MILLION)[edit]

  • The Beginning / Eyemedia (tap song number at Chapter selection to play)
  • Stardust Sphere / Tsukasa
  • THE RICOCHET / Sta (Tap the robot's headphone to play The Long Years)
  • The Sacred Story / VILA
  • AREA 184 -Platinum Mix- / Persona
  • GARDENIA / Yamajet
  • Sweetness Overload!!! / 3R2 & DJ Mashiro
  • LES PARFUMS DE CELEBREZ / naotyu-
  • Afterglow / Jioyi
  • GENESYS / KIVA
  • STORIA / xi vs sakuzyo

Releases and pricing[edit]

Cytus is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. The full game charges a base price plus optional in-app purchases for players to purchase additional chapters of playable songs.

The release on Google Play is free but features a cooldown timer before starting each song. The cooldown will be removed when the full price is paid.[11]

The PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Mobile port Cytus: Lambda includes the then-exclusive chapter Prologue: Live, otherwise identical to its smartphone releases. A teaser video was released onto YouTube prior to release on June 7, 2013.[12]

Million Downloads Plan[edit]

Rayark Games announced the Million Downloads Plan (Chinese: 百首新歌,百萬下載; literally: "hundred new songs, million downloads") in the wake of "illegal piracy harming the sales figures of Cytus".[11][13] Starting from Version 2.0.0, a 10-song chapter will be made available to all players for free for each 100,000 paid downloads achieved, up to a million paid downloads or ten chapters.[14][15] The plan is completed with Version 8.0, released in July 2015, opening ten chapters for free, including the special Chapter Million featuring remixes of past songs.[16][17]

Other media[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Multiple Cytus soundtracks have been released both on iTunes and as physical CD, featuring playable music and background composition from the game.[18] Cytus -Prologue-, was released on April 1, 2012,[19] Cytus -Hindsight- on December 10, 2013[20] and Cytus -Foresight- on December 28, 2013.[21] A story album called Cytus -Alive- has also been released on August 20, 2012; the album features songs composed by Sta and Cranky with the same names as the ten chapters of the game. Each song corresponds to each chapter in the story plot.[22]

Code: Cytus[edit]

Code: Cytus (Chinese: 柯基托斯) is a multimedia video game music stage production based on the story of Cytus, produced by Divertimento Media (Chinese: 樂乎乎工作坊) as commissioned by Quanta Arts Foundation (Chinese: 廣藝基金會).[23] The production ran four shows in November 2014 in Taiwan.

See also[edit]

  • Deemo, another rhythm game by the same developer
  • VOEZ, another rhythm game by the same developer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "收錄獨佔新章節《Cytus: Lambda》今日上架". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ "アーケード進出はRayarkの念願だった――新作音ゲー「Cytus OMEGA」のサウンドディレクターIce氏に,JAEPO会場でちょっとだけ話を聞いてみた". 4Gamer. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ "雷亞與 CAPCOM 攜手合作 大型電玩版《Cytus Ω》7 月 11 / 12 日日本舉辦首次場測". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ https://kotaku.com/rhythm-games-dont-get-much-cooler-than-cytus-ii-1822355638
  5. ^ http://toucharcade.com/2018/01/11/cytus-2-release-date/
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  7. ^ "Cytus page on Play Store". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
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  13. ^ "Cytus Million Downloads Plan". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  14. ^ "付費下載突破 60 萬《Cytus》實裝 6.1.0 改版 第九章免費開放". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
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  17. ^ "《Cytus》8.0 更新上線 百萬下載紀念章節免費開放 同步推出台灣主題章節". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
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  20. ^ "Cytus -Hindsight- on iTunes". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Cytus -Foresight- on VGMdb". Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Cytus-Alive on iTunes". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  23. ^ "多媒體電玩音樂劇場「柯基托斯 Code: Cytus」11 月在台演出". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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