Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Nov 7, 2018
    It’s not cheap, but then what’s the price of laughter and happiness?
  2. 90
    If you’re after a rhythm game that’s heartwarming, bold, and a hell of a lot of fun to play at parties, then you don’t have to look any further.
  3. Nov 1, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun is, in all honestly, a near-perfect rhythm game. Every piece of the puzzle that makes up this game is meticulously chosen to create a wonderful experience for newbies and pros alike. Beginners will be instantly engaged by the simple two-button gameplay, while advanced players will be able to test their strength on the insane speed of higher difficulty tracks. No matter which side you fall on, there’s enough content here to keep you engaged for a long time.
  4. 85
    Polished, fun and incredibly weird at times, Taiko no Tatsujin is nothing short of a blast to play on the Switch. The translation isn’t great and the motion controls don’t quite work, but everything else here is a pure delight. The core gameplay is simple yet addicting, and the party games make this a title you can enjoy with just about anyone.
  5. Nov 1, 2018
    The best rhythm game on Nintendo Switch, and one with a surprisingly fun party mode.
  6. Nov 23, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin is a title with a high quality gameplay, which suffers from the shortage of the famous Tatacon peripheral. This is easily the best way to play this game due to the kinesthetic it offers.
  7. Nov 15, 2018
    It’s a real treat to finally see Taiko no Tatsujin make a splash in the West, with Drum ‘n’ Fun delivering a faithful and fun package for arcade purists, while being a title I’d happily recommend to casual Nintendo Switch owners.
  8. Nov 7, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! is a dizzyingly weird but wonderful rhythm game that’s both easy to pick up but ever so tough to master. Those playing with the drum set will undoubtedly have the best time but even if you opt for its more traditional control scheme there’s still enough fun to be had making your way through the game’s unique song list or facing off against your friends in its party games.
  9. Nov 5, 2018
    Drum ’n’ Fun is a great rhythm game. It’s very, very Japanese, but that’s what makes it so charming to us. Whether you’re just trying to beat your own score or challenging your friends with mini games, this is a game you need to try.
  10. Nov 5, 2018
    It's been far too long since Taiko no Tatsujin saw a release in the west but Drum 'n' Fun! brings back Namco's rhythm series in a fantastic way. Even without a drum controller, there's still a ton of fun to be had banging a virtual drum in this charming rhythm game.
  11. Nov 2, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'N' Fun is aimed at a specific audience, those that feel comfortable smashing away to J-pop and flailing their arms. And it caters to that audience perfectly. With more than 70 songs and dozens of minigames, it's going to keep players tapping and drumming along for hours, and likely humming the songs for hours after playing too.
  12. Nov 1, 2018
    The beat is strong with this one.
  13. Nov 15, 2018
    It remains an addictive chapter just like its predecessors, a vortex of sounds and colors from which to be overwhelmed and with which to smile to the rhythm of music.
  14. Nov 7, 2018
    A fun rhythm game that is funnier when played with the drum, and with friends in its multiplayer mode. If that's not the case, Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun is a bit less stellar.
  15. Nov 22, 2018
    The Taiko saga comes to Nintendo Switch with a wide catalog of musical themes, consistent gameplay and mini games for more than one player. Unfortunately the delay when displaying the notes on the screen makes the product look bad.
  16. Nov 13, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum'n'Fun! it's a fun and 100% Japanese experience, but its lack of game modes does not allow it to aspire to better goals.
  17. Nov 11, 2018
    A fun music game, which also includes lots of multiplayer minigames (versus and coop), but sadly the basic edition doesn´t include the taiko accessory, and motion sensing with joy-con doesn´t work so well.
  18. Dec 28, 2018
    While it's great to finally see a Taiko reach Europe, it has some disappointing aspects, like sub-par motion controls that make you want to rely on standard controls, and a track listing that is decent, but misses many of the memorable Taiko tracks of recent years - some of which ended up on the PS4 version instead.
  19. Nov 20, 2018
    While the various non-drum-controller control schemes aren't always optimal, the Switch version offers many nice options to pick from--and if you just want to play a couple of standard-difficulty songs with pals before competing in four-player noodle-slurping, motion controls prove to be plenty enjoyable. But if you've been longing for a quirky, enjoyable multiplayer music game, either version should scratch the itch quite nicely.
  20. Nov 9, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum'n'Fun is a fine rhythm game, graced by a rich tracklist but held back by a lack of game modes and inconsistent motion controls.
  21. Nov 5, 2018
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! gives Europeans a long-awaited taste of Japanese drum-fun. You’ll want to consider forking out for the taiko peripheral to see the game at its best, but Switch’s touchscreen makes this an easier recommendation than it would otherwise be. The motion controls should be avoided with extreme prejudice – they’re simply unworkable – and a few odd design decisions, not to mention an excess of loading screens, take the shine off what is a beautifully bold and bouncy game. Fortunately, the Party Game section helps shore things up, offering short bursts of multiplayer fun as a credible stopgap until Rhythm Paradise arrives.
  22. Nov 6, 2018
    With added partygames Taiko no Tatsujin on Switch is significantly better than its PS4-sibling. Nonetheless the poor JoyCon controls stick out.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Nov 2, 2018
    Great rythm game, awesome music and a lot of party games (i didn't expect this, but they're really fun).
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    The best music game on switch? Good Taiko mode and fun party mode. But no online mode.
    DLCs can be a lot! Need to have a season pass.