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Platform

Wii

 

Genre

Music

 

Publisher

Ubisoft

 

Developer

Longtail Studios

 

ESRB

E +10 (Everyone)

 

Released

June 15, 2010

 

 

- Authentic for its genre
- Well produced
- Good selection of music for the target audience

 

 

- Very simplistic game modes resulting in little replay value
- Only 20 songs included
- Sensing an identity crisis

 

 

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Dance on Broadway

Score: 5.0 / 10

 

dance on broadway          dance on broadway

 

I never did get the chance to check out last year’s runaway hit “Just Dance” from UbiSoft but at a whopping four million copies sold you have to know something is right. So, picking up a copy of a “sister” game like “Dance on Broadway” should then be a no-brainer? Right? Perhaps not.

First of all, I have to confess that I’m not much of a Broadway dancer. I took some lessons a few years ago so that I’d hopefully not step on my partner’s toes and I

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enjoy a variety of music genres, so I dove into this game with cautious optimism. I was surprised that I could pretty much play any song from the beginning (the new style of music games) but there really wasn’t any special modes like a career mode – just simply a song choice and a difficulty level.

I was a little tired when I first jumped into the

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game thinking maybe I’d find some extra energy in here somewhere. I was surprised how well I did from the comfort of the couch. You are told to essentially mimic the movements of the dancer on screen as if you’re looking in a mirror with the Wiimote in your right hand. You get rated with “Good”, “Great” and “X” when you miss out completely but I was surprised I couldn’t ever fail a song. Trust me, I tried. I tried to really put some lackluster effort into this game and it turns out I’m a pretty good dancer from the comfort of the couch.

When you do stand up and put some real effort into it there is some fun to be had. If you enjoy the music of Hairspray and The Lion King (or Fame) then you will be quite content, although I tried to imagine who the target audience for this game was. A younger crowd is unlikely to remember or appreciate most of the music and even then, it’s probably going to appeal to the ladies more than the gents.

Back to some problems I did have some issues with the camera (and I really thought that issue was limited to first person action adventure games) because at times the dancers can become obscured. An icon on the bottom is supposed to help you out by giving you an advance warning of what’s coming but in the end I found it little more than a distraction and it actually made me perform worse.

It’s hard to score a game like this because if you’re in the right target market and are likely to even pick this game up, you’ll probably find enjoyment from it. If you were looking for improvements or enhancements over Just Dance, you’ll have to look to its direct sequel – Just Dance 2- for that.

Overall, this game does what it says it will on the outside of the box but with limited gameplay modes and a scant song selection, you might want to look at renting it first before you make a full purchase.

 

- Syd Bolton

(October 7, 2010)

Syd Bolton is Canada’s top videogame collection who surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games at the Personal Computer Museum (http://www.pcmuseum.ca) in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

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