DrumMania is the first game in the DrumMania series of music rhythm games from Konami. Players use a simulated drum controller to play the notes of a chosen songs drum part as they are displayed on the screen. The drum set consists of two cymbals, three drum pads and a foot pedal. The cabinet also has three buttons located next to the pads which are used to select and decide in the selection screens.
Symbols fall from the top of the screen which match up with the drum pads, and the player must hit the correct drum, symbol or pedal at the correct time. The players accuracy is judged for each note, and at the end of the song players are awarded a letter rank for their performance. Combos are also awarded when a player scores a number of hits in a row without any misses. The player must reach a certain amount of points to advance to the next level.
Similar versions of the Drum Mania series have been released throughout Asia under the title Percussion Freaks.