Games Review: Dance on Broadway

IF you don’t mind dancing in front of your friends without a care in the world (or a shred of dignity), then Dance On Broadway might be for you.

IF you don’t mind dancing in front of your friends without a care in the world (or a shred of dignity), then Dance On Broadway might be for you.

It’s the toe-tapping sequel to Just Dance – the phenomenally successful dancing game that married contemporary choreography with classic dance tracks – only this time the emphasis is on shaking a tail feather to 20 songs from popular musicals.

Instead of busting some moves to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This or Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic, players can dance and sing along to some of Broadway’s biggest hits. It’s quite an impressive list, too, with everything from All That Jazz (Chicago) and Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show) to Fame (Fame: The Musical) and an absolutely brilliant Aquarius/Sunshine medley (Hair).

The idea is simple: you select a song, hold a Wii remote in your right hand and copy the movements of one of four on-screen dancers. Although you’re scored for each move and are awarded an overall points tally, the motion tracking is all over the place, often telling you that you’re not performing moves when you know you are, but it doesn’t matter if you’re enjoying yourself.

Up to four players can take part at the same time, dropping in and out of the action as the mood takes them. Each song is rated from one to three stars on both difficulty and effort and an indicator at the bottom of the screen previews upcoming moves to help you fine-tune your performance. Production values are top notch, with every song given its own choreographed dance steps, backdrop and suitably-attired dancers, so Time Warp features lots of leather, garish make-up and suspender belts while My Favourite Things from The Sound Of Music is all about frilly skirts and improbable hair-dos.

Despite the poor motion controls, Dance On Broadway will have you grinning like a loon in no time at all. It’s the perfect game for family get-togethers or letting off some steam after a hard day at work, with a difficulty level that’s pitched just right so young and old alike can join in the fun.

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Publisher: Ubisoft

Price: �24.99

Format: Wii

Age rating: 12+

Score: 4/5 Stars

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