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You can play Cadence of Hyrule without the rhythm mode

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By now you’ve probably heard that Cadence of Hyrule is one of the best Zelda spinoffs ever made — it’s so good, that players could easily mistake it for a Nintendo-developed game. You might have also heard that it’s a rhythm game where you have to move, attack, and defend to the beat. For some people, having to play along to the music sounds like a tall order: Some folks genuinely have no sense of rhythm! The good news is that playing like that is completely optional.

If you’re on the fence about Cadence of Hyrule for this reason, I still recommend getting the game. You should at least try it in the original mode and see how it goes. There’s definitely a learning curve, but you might get used to it, and once you do, the whole thing feels like magic.

But if it just doesn’t work for you, or if you already know you’re terrible at keeping up with the tempo, then you should know there is another option for you. Pause the game, press R to go to System, and then find Options. Press “Gameplay,” where you should find something called “Fixed-Beat Mode.” Turn it on.

What this does is basically ensure that enemies only move when you do, meaning that you can ignore the music. It’s very similar to what you’d be doing in a Mystery Dungeon game, if you’ve ever played that — meaning, the game becomes more about tactics. It’s a different experience, but no less valid.

If you miss enough beats during gameplay, Cadence of Hyrule will outright tell you that this is an option, so don’t be afraid to use it.