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"Think you've got what it takes to tap-dance with the monkeys?"
— Tap Trial Description (Rhythm Tengoku)

"Think you've got what it takes to tap-dance with the monkeys? (Has anyone ever written that sentence before?)"
— Tap Trial Description (Rhythm Heaven Fever US version)

"Good evening, Miss! Come and meet your tap partners for tonight. Please don't step on their tails."
— Tap Trial Description (Rhythm Heaven Fever EU version)

"You are the girl. They are the monkeys. Follow them to tap stardom!"
— Tap Trial Description (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

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Tap Trial
タップダンス Tappu Dansu

Tap Trial

Tap Trial Wii

Tap Trial 3DS

BPM {{{BPM}}}
Appearance Rhythm Tengoku
Rhythm Heaven Fever
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 29 (Tengoku)
Extra Game 4 (Fever)
58 (Megamix)
Perfect Reward Tap Trial song (Tengoku)
None (Fever)
1 Flow Ball (Megamix)

Tap Trial (タップダンス Tappu Dansu?) is the 29th game in Rhythm Tengoku, the 4th Extra Game in Rhythm Heaven Fever unlockable with 44 Medals, and the 58th game in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. The game is about a girl who is learning to tap dance like the monkeys. A sequel is unlocked later on in Rhythm Tengoku and Rhythm Heaven Megamix called Tap Trial 2.


Tap Trial Wii gameplay
Tap Trial 3DS gameplay

The girl (the character played in this game) dances simultaneously with the two monkeys and must follow their signals. If the monkeys let out a small cry, it signals to tap once right afterwards. If they make two noises, then it signals to tap twice quickly afterwards. If the monkey yells as all the characters raise their arms, it signals to tap three times quickly afterwards. If the monkey yelps, it signals to tap the moment the girl and monkeys have landed a jump.


Button Mode

  • A: Tap

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Tap

Timing Notes

  • Hit: The girl taps on the beat.
  • Barely: A quick "dink" sound is heard. A barely counts as a hit.
  • Miss: The girl taps off beat, causing the Giraffe to huff sadly. If missed on where the monkeys yelp, the girl will incorrectly land.

Rating Notes

Rhythm Tengoku and Rhythm Heaven Fever (US Version)


  • "Talent Scout Report"

Try Again

  • "Your basics were a little sloppy."
  • "You seemed to be looking for the rhythm."
  • "You needed to concentrate more."


  • "Yeah..."
  • "Eh. Good enough."
  • "For now, that'll do..."
  • "You barely made it."


  • "You showed real rhythm potential!"
  • "You had nice rhythm awareness!"
  • "You were clearly concentrating hard."

Rhythm Heaven Fever (EU Version)


  • "The monkeys say..."

Try Again

  • "You might need to work on the basics."
  • "You didn't seem aware of the rhythm."
  • "You need to concentrate more."


  • "Good try."


  • "You've got good rhythm!"
  • "You had impressive musical awareness."
  • "You demonstrated great concentration."

Rhythm Heaven Megamix


  • "Monkey Feedback"

Try Again

  • "Your basics were a little sloppy."


  • "Eh. Passable."


  • "You showed real rhythm potential!"
  • "Your double taps were cool!"


Rhythm Tengoku

Rhythm Heaven Fever (Includes US and EU version)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Tap Shoes

Tap Shoes
Red? Crimson? Scarlet?
I have heard that there is a shade of red tap shoes that will allow the wearer access to the secret tap dance parties of the animal kingdom! Are these shoes that magical color? The only way to know is put them on!

Skill Star

After doing three double jump taps you will have triple jump tap to deal, tap the third jump perfectly to collect the star.


  • This game has the most variations and graphical changes out of all the games in the entire series, having five different variations- the original, the Remix 5 variant featuring "delinquent" monkeys and a blonde woman, the sequel variant in Tap Trial 2 with MAN-K and two other variants used in Remix 7 and Remix 8- one with a Chinese theme and yellow monkeys taking place in the sky, and one with pigs instead of monkeys, taking place inside a kitchen.
    • Rhythm Heaven Megamix introduces two more variants to Tap Trial in the Songbird Remix, featuring the girl and the monkeys all dressed up like birds while tap dancing inside a birdcage, as well as in the Challenge Train mission Wario...Where? which replaces the girl with Ashley and has Red riding the Giraffe. This brings the total of variations for this minigame to 7.
    • There is a small difference between versions -- in the GBA version, the girl and the monkeys do a jump tap, followed by a head-bobing cue which resets their animation. They stay in the pose in the other versions.
    • The monkeys are noticeably smaller in the Fever and Megamix versions, most likely to make them more consistent with the other monkeys in those games.

In Other Languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese タップダンス Tap Dance
FR French Claquettes
ES Spanish Claqué simiesco
D German Stepptanz-Trio
IT Italian Tip Tap
Flag of South Korea Korean 탭댄스 Tap Dance

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