Taiko: Drum Master

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Taiko no Tatsujin: Taiko Drum Master
Taiko Drum Master PS2 US front 400px.jpg
PS2 US front cover
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Series Taiko no Tatsujin
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Mobile phone
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: October 26, 2004
  • JP: March 17, 2005
  • NA: January 5, 2005
Genre(s) Musical rhythm
Mode(s) 1-2 Players

Taiko: Drum Master (English title), also known as Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人) in Japan is a drumming game made by Namco for the Sony PlayStation 2 and mobile phones based on the popular Japanese arcade game. A drum simulating the taiko is played in time with music.



Symbols moving horizontally along a timeline show what to hit and when. Home versions distinguish single and double strikes, arcade versions hard and soft strikes.

Successful play builds up a life meter. If the meter is past a certain point by the end of the song, the song is passed.

In the Japanese version, subtitles under the symbols give the pronunciation of the sounds (for example, "do don do don") using a traditional system called kuchi shoga (口唱歌).

Despite the game's appearance, players may find the game quite difficult to master. Players need to accomplish at least a 65% clearance of a song which is determined by the tamashi gauge to pass, which could be very challenging on harder difficulties as players progress.

North American release track listing[edit]

Pop and rock[edit]

  1. "ABC" by The Jackson Five
  2. "American Girls" - by Counting Crows
  3. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - by Jet
  4. "Girls and Boys" - by Good Charlotte
  5. "I'm a Believer" - by Smash Mouth
  6. "Killer Queen" - by Queen
  7. "Lady Marmalade" - by Labelle
  8. "Love Shack" - by The B-52s
  9. "Material Girl" - by Madonna
  10. "My Sharona" - by The Knack
  11. "Slide" - by The Goo Goo Dolls
  12. "That's the Way (I Like It)" - by KC and the Sunshine Band
  13. "The Impression That I Get" - by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  14. "Toxic" - by Britney Spears
  15. "Tubthumping" - by Chumbawamba
  16. "Walking on Sunshine" - by Katrina and the Waves.


  1. "Dragon Ball Z Theme Rock the Dragon" - by Shuki Levy
  2. "Jimmy Neutron Theme" - by Bowling for Soup


  1. "Symphony No. 5" (Beethoven)
  2. "Carmen Prelude" (Bizet)
  3. "Foster's Medley" (A medley of songs by Foster including Oh! Susannah, Kentucky Home, and Camptown Races)
  4. "Hungarian Dances No. 5" (Brahms)
  5. "Symphony No. 25 in G Minor" (Mozart)
  6. "William Tell Overture" (Rossini)

Namco original[edit]

Japanese release track listing[edit]


Children's Song[edit]

  • Alphabet Song


  • Beethoven's 5th Symphony
  • William Tell Overture
  • Carmen Prelude
  • Foster's Medley
  • Symphony No. 25 in G Minor
  • Hungarian Dances No. 5

Namco original[edit]

  • Soulcalibur II Brave Sword, Braver Soul
  • The Genji and the Heike Clans
  • Ridge Racer
  • Taiko March
  • Mojipittan Medley
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Saitama 2000


  • The bundle with the game comes with a Taiko controller with plastic drumsticks where players plug into the PS2 console.
  • The oni difficulty is unlocked by clearing 25 songs.


Review scores
Publication Score
mobile PS2
1UP.com N/A B+[1]
Game Informer N/A 7.75/10[2]
Game Revolution N/A C+[3]
GameSpot 7.1/10[4] 7.3/10[5]
GameSpy N/A 4.5/5 stars[6]
GameZone N/A 9/10[7]
IGN 7.4/10[8] 7.7/10[9]
OPM (US) N/A 4/5 stars[10]
PSM N/A 7/10[11]
X-Play N/A 4/5 stars[12]
Detroit Free Press N/A 3/4 stars[13]
The New York Times N/A (average)[14]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 75%[15] 78%[16]
Metacritic N/A 77/100[17]

The PlayStation 2 version of Taiko: Drum Master received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Parrish, Jeremy (2004-10-26). "Taiko Drum Master". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ Helgeson, Matt (December 2004). "Taiko Drum Master". Game Informer (140): 177. Archived from the original on 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  3. ^ Gee, Brian (2004-11-19). "Taiko Drum Master Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  4. ^ Palley, Stephen (2004-12-15). "Taiko Drum Master Review (Mobile)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  5. ^ Calvert, Justin (2004-10-28). "Taiko Drum Master Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  6. ^ Theobald, Phil (2004-10-25). "GameSpy: Taiko Drum Master". GameSpy. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  7. ^ Lafferty, Michael (2004-10-19). "Taiko Drum Master - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  8. ^ Buchanan, Levi (2004-12-10). "TAIKO: Drum Master (Cell)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Ed (2004-10-26). "Taiko Drum Master (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  10. ^ Jongewaard, Dana (December 2004). "Taiko Drum Master". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 106. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Review: Taiko Drum Master". PSM: 98. December 25, 2004. 
  12. ^ Leeper, Justin (2004-11-02). "TAIKO Drum Master Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on 2004-11-03. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  13. ^ Huschka, Ryan (2004-11-28). "'Taiko Drum Master'". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  14. ^ Herold, Charles (2004-12-09). "New Breed of Games Is Not All Thumbs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  15. ^ "Taiko Drum Master for Mobile". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  16. ^ "Taiko Drum Master for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  17. ^ a b "Taiko Drum Master Critic Reviews for PlayStation 2". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

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