DJMAX Portable

DJMAX Portable

Originally a PC game, DJ MAX Portable is a music/rhythm game similar to the Beatmania franchise featuring a wide variety of game modes and an impressive selection of original songs.

DJ MAX Portable is a music/rhythm game from Korean developer Pentavision. It's the first entry in the now-popular Portable franchise, laying the foundation for some of the series' reoccurring artists, songs and bonuses. DJ MAX Portable was released in South Korea on January 16th, 2008 with the International version releasing in October of 2008.

Game Modes

DJ MAX Portable plays akin to games like

Beatmania, Pop'n Music or Rock Band. Rectangular shaped (with the default Note effector) notes scroll down from the top of the screen onto a red line across the note field where the player must hit each corresponding note in time to the beat. DJ MAX Portable is comprised of 3 different control schemes, represented as follows.

Rookie DJing

Rookie DJ Mode Controls

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Rookie DJing is essentially the 'beginner mode'. Uses only 4 inputs (Left, Up, Triangle and Circle) and consists of a 3-song set.

Pro DJ Mode ControlsPro DJing

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Pro DJing is the normal difficulty. Uses 6 inputs (Left, Up, Right, Square, Triangle and Circle) and consists of a 3-song set.

Master DJing

Master DJ Mode Controls

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Master DJing is the advanced difficulty. Uses 8 inputs (Left, Up, Right, Square, Triangle, Circle and both triggers) and consists of a 3-song set. Master DJing is locked from the get-go, requiring several hours of playtime before unlocking.

Freestyle DJing

Freestyle Mode can be played at any of the 3 available difficulties and does not have a set song list. All the songs unlocked are available to play and combo points carry over from song to song. Certain unlockables, such as songs and UI skins, are unlocked after reaching a specific combo (ex.: 8000).

Club Mode

Club Mode is played at all 3 difficulty levels. Club mode consists of different 'clubs' that each have multiple set lists dedicated to one music genre or style. Difficulty varies from each set list, going from the easiest to the hardest.


The Gallery is the area in which you can view all the images, movies and Discs you've unlocked throughout playing the game.

Ranking Chart

Ranking Chart is the area where you can view your high scores obtained in each mode.

Main Menu options

The game opens on a Main Menu, the first option being "Portable". This is the main game. Here are the two other options:


This is, essentially, a music player that allows you to listen to the game's soundtrack. Full version of songs can be unlocked within the game by achieving certain challenges.

M/V Clips

This allows you to watch the background animation/videos for each song in the game.


Effectors, Notes and Gears

DJ MAX Portable has an Effector Setting screen, available during song selection by pressing either trigger. Gears are the note track and Notes are the notes themselves. As you play through the game, hitting certain score targets or going past a certain combo score, you'll unlock new Gears and Notes which each have separate effects, like HP 20 or MAX 20%, for example. Effectors can also be added on top, throwing in changes like the scrolling speed, note fader, mirroring tracks, etc.


Combos have been a large part of DJ MAX games, going to lengths of having new tracks, images, music videos or OST tracks unlock as you hit a certain combo number. Combos carry over from song to song in regular gameplay modes that, in modes like Free Mode, can allow players to reach combos of 10,000, 80,000, 100,000 notes.

Song List

Song TitleComposerGenreVisualizer
바람에게 부탁해 (Ask the Wind)Forte EscapeFantasy PopTako Ashin
End of the MoonlightForte EscapeTechno PopUS
Enemy StormCrooveHardcoreJay
Extreme Z4Forte EscapeBreak BeatKinys
Light HousexxdbxxHappycoreECO
Luv Flow3rd CoastRnB MediumAyamy
Never SayND LeeJungle PopEyehead
Out LawCrooveNu SkoolD
Ray of IlluminatiESTiEuro DanceEter, Tari, ECO
Save My DreamForte EscapeAcid DanceNapa
Sunny SideCrooveBright RnBTiv
One The LovexxdbxxBeer HouseEyehead
Long VacationESTiSchool HouseTari
Can We TalkForte EscapeAcid JazzAqualix
JBGCrooveYellow HiphopEyehead
Eternal Memory ~소녀의 꿈~M2UFantasy PopNG
MasaiCrooveNew WaveECO
NB RangerM2UScream PunkNG, ECO, Tari
SINESTiDrum n BassRess
Funky ChupsForte EscapeFunky ElectroEyehead
Fever GJxxdbxxNu HnSEyehead
FuturismForte EscapeElectro FusionNG
아침형 인간ND Lee80's 8bitD-myo
Astro FightForte EscapeFunky StompECO
FTR슈퍼꼬마 SupbabyElectro HouseTari & Eter
ONND Lee2step SlowRB
Let's go Baby3rd CoastHiphopMiyu
Jupiter DrivingxxdbxxTechno StockEyehead
Elastic StarForte EscapeAcid HouseEyehead
KUDAGonZoTechno CoreNG
Bright DreamM2UAnime HouseTari
Catch MeForte EscapeAlternative RockArms
RedCrooveRnBTari & Eter
복수혈전 RevengeND LeeHardcoreECO
Para-QForte EscapeDrum n BassECO
TemptationS-TRO2step GarageEyehead
OblivionESTiDramatic TranceD-myo
Rock or DieNienHardcoreBS
차이코프스키 피아노협주곡 1번
(Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1)
Wavfactory (Remix)ClassicECO
Triple ZOEForte EscapeProgressive RockECO
Ya! Party!Forte EscapeCandy PopTari & Eter
Minimal LifeEarbreakerTechnoECO & Tina
Road of DeathNienHardcoreNecobus
A.I.Forte EscapeTechnoKinys
Fear슈퍼꼬마 SupbabyDrum n BassTina
레모네이드 (Lemonade)M2ULounge DnBTari
Chrono BreakersNienAni PopRess
Memory of BeachM2UDance PopApple
DreadnoughtEarbreakerBig BeatECO
River FlowPlanetboomGroovy PopAyamy
Sunny Side ~deepn'soul mix~Croove, Mixed by makouSoulTiv
Oblivion ~Rockin' Night Style~ESTi, Mixed by NienFusion RockD-Myo
SIN ~The Last Scene~ESTiDrum n BassRess
BlytheM2USynth DnBD
CnPCrooFEElectro FunkNone

DJ MAX Portable International Version

Later after the game's original release, an Internation Version was released including a host of changes. The biggest change was the inclusion of Japanese and English language options, making the International Version of the game an incredibly import-friendly title. Some songs were also removed due to content deemed unfit for international audiences, biggest on in particular being the song "Dreadnought" due to it's video depiction of President George W. Bush.