Generally I like this game. It's great to use as a weight-loss aid as you hardly notice you're working out when dancing to it and it's got a "workout" section which tells you exactly how many calories you have burnt while on it. This comes in very useful. If you want to get the kids active but they don't like traditional sports etc, you wont have much of a problem getting them on the dance mat as it is very fun.
There are lots of different settings ranging from "Beginner" to "Expert" so anyone of any skill can use it.
I gave it 4*s because it is very fun and keeps you fit if you do a hard enough setting. The only problem is the music. You get a wide selection of tracks to choose from but they fast become very annoying. What i do is turn the sound down and put a CD on of my own and dance away, you can still keep with the beat and have fun dancing to your own chosen music, and most young people will enjoy it.
Having played this game in amusement arcades i thought this would be fantastic for a work out due to i used to play it so much for £1 a time.
This game is for anyone daring and confident enough with great co-ordination to have in your home.
I particulary like the end of the century song which is not only a good tune to listen to but the dance steps are incredebly easy on the difficuly settings which have amazed passers by in the arcades!
Its recommended however that you buy a dance mat for this game as its no fun without dancing to it.
Its easy to play but difficult to master.
I got this game in a bundle with dancing stage euromix party edition after hearing all the good reviews about it and in my opinion this one is way overrated. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of the dancing stage games. I loved party edition and play euromix 2 in arcades when I have a chance. It had a possibilty to be one of the greats though fell short. There are a few modes to play through including arcade where you try and complete 3 dances in a row, workout mode for your healthy exercise. There is also a helpful lesson mode to get you in the rythem and not be falling over yourself, and training mode so you can practise your favourite songs. Arcade mode is where you'll be spending time trying to beat your high scores in the records. You can play versus dances with a second player to try and beat their score and combo as they dance beside you. You can choose from 3 different styles. Easy, where you can only pick the easy tracks, Hard, where you can only pick from the hard tracks and NONSTOP where the computer plays a set of tracks one after the other with little break. Workout mode is where I'd spend most of my time. You can imput your weight and then choose to either play for a certain length of time or burn so many calories before it stops. Or you can just play for some uncalculated exercise. If you do choose to put your weight in, the computer can more accurately calculate how much you have lost at the end of each dance. Problems arise in this game though with the songs and dances. There is only 24 songs which will not keep you interested too long. Having lots or modes and songs is not good unless the dances to them are also good and in this game, it is just not the case! The dances to the songs do not seem to be synchronized to the music properly unless you play on harder difficulty levels. This means that new players to the series will not enjoy themselves as much. Each track is customisable in a dozen ways though
aside from the step difficulty. This includes determining when the arrows show up on screen or turn them off entirely for an interesting stealth mode (super experts only). Though these modes dont make the game feel any better when the arrows are not sync'd properly. Overall it was a big dissapointment for me. I switched off not long after and put in Dancing Stage Euromix Party edition. This was far better. It had more gameplay modes, it recorded you weight loss over the time you played and it even had a dance editor so you could change songs you didnt think felt right to dance to by making your own steps to it. Plus dancing stage euromix party edition has over twice as many songs as this one including a few of the good ones from this game. So unfortunately I cannot recommend buying this unless you get it in a cheap bundle with dancing stage euromix party edition or are just a hardcore dancing game fan. If you do want a dancing game for you Playstation 1 get dancing stage euromix party edition or playstation 2 owners should get dancing stage euromix 2.
You've probably all come across a dance machine in the arcades or in my case the local bowling alley and I bet those of you that have seen one have always wanted to try it. I myself always did but never had to guts to try in public in case I was terrible at it which is why when I heard about the playstation game I instantly thought now where can I get me a playstation? Friends of mine all flocked out to buy them and that meant everytime we went out they wanted to show off in the middle of the bowling alley that they could do the fast songs. Jealousy was beginning to take over and I thought I must get me a playstation!! Christmas came along and with my money I decided that I was going to buy a playstation. My Dad made me a deal and out we went to buy a playstation 2 unbeknown to them I wanted it for a dancemat (If you've read my op about the party addition for the dance mat you'll already know that my parents wouldn't let me have the game) Some of you might already know that I bought the mat and accompanying party addition against my parents wishes and the truth is when I bought it I totally sucked ass at the game. I had tried the Euromix at various friends houses and it was much easier so a few weeks later after I had scraped my savings together and bought the Euromix edition. I bought the game in HMV for £15.99 but its available in most games and music stores for a similar price. I already had the mat but for those who don't know the mat cost me £15.99 in woolworths, but again the mat is also available in most games or music stores for a similar price. The game could in fact be played with the normal controller but to me that dosnt sound much fun! Since the game was originally made for the PS1 (although it is compatable on the PS2) it comes in the regular square case with a black spine. The cover itself is blue in colour with a young womans face on. The familar Euromix logo appears on teh case (you may have seen it o
n the dance machines in arcades) The game is recommended for people aged 3+ The game has several different modes: Arcade mode: This is the main part of the game. Its the part that is the same as what you would play in the arcades. You have a choice of playing one or two player (for two player you obviously need two mats)you also get the choice of whether you want to play with easy tracks , all tracks or nonstop. I personally think its better to play with all tracks as then you have the choice of all the songs although it may be better if you're a beginner to start on easy tracks. You'll find that the easy tracks are the slower tracks that are available on the game which is all of the tracks that you will have heard of. Nonstop is a group of 4 prepicked songs that you have to dance to nonstop, I warn you that these tracks are in standard mode and therefore might be quite challenging for beginners. The game consists of performing different dance routines to different songs. The songs each have their own standard of difficulty which ranges form beginner to expert. You get a score at the end of each song depending on how accurate you perform, these scores range from a AAA to an E but beware you can fail the routine if you consistently perform the steps wrong. Throughout the song there are different levels of accuracy that you perform the steps which are Perfect, Great, Good, Almost and Boo. At the end of the song your Max Combo is also displayed this is the number of consecutive Perfects and Greats you achieved during the dance. Training mode: Here you can practice each song until you get the moves perfect. I find this aspect of the game quite beneficial as in some songs there are a few hard aspects to the dance moves and failure to complete the moves can result in failing but in training mode you can practice without failing. You can slow the speed of the arrows so that you can learn the moves to fast songs and you can turn
off the music but I can find these features offputting as when you slow the speed without turning off the music the music starts to sound funny which can be very offputting. Workout mode: Here you can input your weight or the desired amount of calories that you would like to burn and you can use the calorie counter as you dance. In workout mode you choose a character and each character is a different level of difficulty. The one drawback to the calorie counter is it takes forever to work off a large amount of calories so the trick is pick the hardest character on the fastest songs. Lesson mode: This is a set of tutorials to guide first time players or beginners through how to play the game. These lessons start off relatively easy but they get harder as you work through, you have to pass the first to move on to the next. This mode can be very beneficial. Records: if using a memory card this mode will record the top scores but in a way I think this is a waste of time. Options: Here you can basically change the settings of the game for example number of players, volume e.t.c. The graphics to this game aren't anything special theyre in fact very simple but that doesn't affect gameplay. The sound quality is quite good its just sounds pretty much like the normal song but I've heard better quality. There are a wide choice of songs available for play but the songs that you might recognise are not the best of tracks for kids who own the game. It would surprise me immensely if a child had heard of Cameo word up or The bugles Video Killed the Radio Star. The other tracks are all unheard of dance tracks and theyre not bad tracks but I think an improvement to the game would be to include more tracks that people will have heard of. The tracks are a variety of types there are some tracks that are dancey and some with a slight reggae beat and others that are from um...ages ago like Video Killed the Radio Star. <
br>Overall I think that this game is a great investment, it keeps you fit, its great fun, it saves the humiliation in the arcades and it saves you from having to pay a pound to be humiliated in the arcades! I must admit though that I do prefer the party edition game because although it includes some of the same songs as the Euromix there are also a lot more tracks and the well known tracks are more suitable for children as they are recent and are by artists that they would recognise. Thanx for reading Jenni xx :o)
Joining a gym is *so* 1990s, and Tae-Bo is more like Tae-Boring now that the novelty of doing high-kicks has worn off. So what is the latest keep-fit fad then? Eating cardboard? Jogging to work? No...see, playing Dance Dance Revolution's where it's at. The Playstation made gaming popular, and worrying statistics reeled off on weekly documentaries showing how fat Britain is getting is sure to make this little deal popular. For less than £30 you get the game AND the dance mat, so you can have fun and keep fit all at once! I'm sure you've all seen the hulking great arcade cabinet, adorned with sweaty teenagers making fools of themselves...well, now you can do that to! Simply put in the game, plug in the mat and away you go! The game is ridiculously simple to grasp but just like all great game ideas, fiendishly difficult to master. Signals come up on the screen telling you which button to press on the mat (with your feet, unless you want to work your abdominal muscles...) in time with the music playing in the background. This sounds easy, but add in the fact you've got to keep moving all the time, that there's tonnes of songs with all manner of different drum beats on offer, and the "I feel like an idiot" factor, and you've got something quite hard to do. You don't have to play on your own, because there's a two-player mode bundles in there as well, but fantastically, unlike most other games, this doesn't rely on naff made up glam-synth-rock, oh no...you've got the likes of Kylie Minogue and Chumbawumba to get down with. As you jump up and down, shifting your feet in ever more compromising positions, your on screen character jams along as well. Now this may give you a bit of an inferiority complex (the buttons you press don't really seem to collate to what happens on-screen), but when you step forward then to the right and you see a backflip followed by lots of 'great!' symbols
and fireworks, you feel good. The graphics are suitably over-the-top, with enough loud noises and flashing lights to satisfy even the most seizure-hungry players. It's fun and funny, because you can't get over the fact you're in your living room with an electronic mat underneath your feet slowly being trampled to a groovy death...but it's also good for you, which is the real ace up the sleeve in pestering other people to get it for you. See, the game even has a calorie counter, so you know exactly how many Snickers bars you can eat after a marathon session (haha, get it? Marathon?). Dancing Stage Euromix has it all. A silly peripheral that has that lovely intoxicating plastic smell, loads of poptastic tunes, a price tag under thirty quid and a genuine weight loss program. Add to that the kitsch factor to rival Transformers and posters of Zippy from rainbow, and you've got yourself a winner. Get your best crushed velvet suit or sequinned ball gown, grab your credit card and buy this now!
Those of you that know me will also know about my popstar dancing queen mad 7 year old daughter. I've written this review as this game turned out to be her top favorite pressie this christmas ( and ours! ) The Rave Station Dance Mat is endorsed by Marc ET, World Freestyle Dance Champion and marathon dance Guiness record holder. What you need to play. A Playstation. ( you know what this is! ) PS1 or 2. A Rave Station. Basically, The Rave Station is a durable plastic mat that you plug into the joypad socket of your Playstation 1. Instead of using your agile fingers to control characters in a game, you've got to use your feet to win. The mat is a large square, with 4 big arrows on it ( Left, Right, Up, Down ). It also has elect / start, and the four shape keys. Now this method of control probably wouldn't suit most games, but for Dancing Stage Euromix it's fantastic. The mat does come with 4 sticky pads to hold it securely to the floor, but they'd be no good on carpet ( we have laminate and they work just fine ) Dancing Stage Euromix Game. I first came across this game a couple of years ago, in an arcade at a holiday camp. Basically, you pick one of the tunes on offer, then follow the arrows or character ( depending on difficulty level ) on the screen, basically using your feet to hit the correct arrows. The Playstation version is almost identical, it really is like having a ' proper ' modern arcade game in your house ( except it doesn't cost a quid every 3 minutes ) You can start on the practice levels first ( the lessons ) to help you get used to the controls, then move on to the Arcade version., choosing from beginner ( quite slow ) to the very fast harder stages. There is also a ' workout ' mode, where you can enter your weight, choose a calorie amount to burn off, then dance your way to skinnydom. Fantastic. I found it very hard to perfect the arrow
stamping skills that are required for this game, but before I knew it, I was addicted! And at least it's quite a healthy addiction...beats sitting on my fat a**e in front of my pc anyway ;) Tunes Included on Dancing Stage Euromix. So Good - Boyzone (Much Mambo) Sway-Shaft Word Up - Cameo Rushing - Loni Clark Video Killed The Radio Star- The Buggles I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor More Than This '99-Emmie Magic Alec - Magic Alec Presents Resonance Tubthumping - Chumbawamba Kung Fu Fighting - Bus Stop Stomp To My Beat - JS 16 Holiday - Who's That Girl? Dub I Dub-Me and My Captain Jack-Captain Jack There are also several other tunes, that were written for the game. I've got to say, we haven't had a single toy in the house that's caused quite as much animosity as this one.....the 3 of us are constantly fighting for our dance time! Great way to keep fit though, and I guess this sort of game play is better in the long run for the kids.
I have thoroughly enjoyed going on the dance machines in arcades, and was very happy to discover that it had been made into a playstation game. I finally gave in yesterday and went and brought it. The value for money is excellent. You get the game, and one dance mat in a set, although you can buy each seperately. The game is useless without the mat however. You can buy a seperate mat, so you can challenge your friends and family. The game is identical to the arcade version. Due to liscencing reasons, some of the songs cant be included, but the best ones are there such as I Will Survive, Mucho Mumbo, Word Up, Video Killed the Radio Star (for the slighly older kids!) There are songs to replace the ones removed, which are just as good. The levels are set up into easy, standard, hard, and expert. The easy levels are there for beginners, then slightly more experienced dancers can use the standard levels. Personally I cant manage any further than standard, and the other 2 levels look very difficult, so I havent attempted them. I've seen people that have though, and its just as fascinating to watch them. Higher levels have different songs, although there is a setting where you can access all the songs on all levels. For real beginners, too embarassed to make a fool of themselves in public, there are lessons, and training modes on the game to learn how its done, then go onto the proper dances. The lessons are very good, and show how to do some of the more difficult patterns that are in the dances. More advanced users can use the lessons to see if they are doing anything wrong, or if they can improve their technique. Another great benefit of this game is the workout mode. You can input your weight, and how many calories you want to burn, and you keep on dancing until you have achieved this. This game is so addictive, (I was playing it for 4 hours last night, until my legs could take no more, had a rest, then pla
yed again!!) The benefits are great. You are getting fit, while learning new dances, to go and show off in the arcades, without looking stupid, and its not costing you anything (except the initial cost of the game!) This would be a great christmas present, for kids and grandkids if anyone is wondering what to get them (good time to start thinking about it!!) Its great for adults too. Something for all the family.
At last you can play an arcade perfect version of the the craze that's taken the world by storm in your own home and at a fractiona of the price. The gameplay and quality are fantastic and if it wasn't for the fact you don't have to pay 50p or a £1 a go you wouldn't know the difference. Classic tracks such as 'Word Up' and 'I will survive' are there for you to dance away to your hearts content and ensure that next time you are near the arcades you can impress the nation! If that's not an incentive enough you can adjust a few options and use it for your daily workout. You can watch how many calories you'ver burnt off and how many left to burn off to reach the target you've set. Now at last there is a fun way to get fit. The only criticism is that some of the songs from the arcade version have been replaced due to licensing reasons, but there are replcements that you'll soon get into. We bought it for our child and now we're all hooked!! Go on, treat yourself!!!
I bet you never thought that spending hours on a playstation could be good for your health. Well, you were wrong. Euro Dance Mix is a dancing game for the PSX1. You need a dance mat to play this game. I bought my mat for £20 from HMV. The mat is a large plastic pad which you plug into the playstation and allows you to perform the controls using your feet. Dancing Stage EuroMix cost me £18.99 from Game Spot. I checked around a few places before buying it and all of the prices were around the £20 mark. I think this is good value, especially considering how much use you get out of the game. ~~The Packaging~~ I will be honest here. The cover design is tacky. It shows a computer generated woman dancing, and is all in garish bright colours (which you can see if you look up!). ~~The Concept~~~ For some time now, in Japan, dancing machines in arcades have been very popular. If you have been to the Trocadero centre in London, you will have seen rows of the Konami dance machines, often with crowds of Japanese teenagers dancing on them. There is even one of the machines in Cardiff University's Student Union now. This game brings the arcade smash right into your front room. Whether you already play the arcade game or not, this is a fun and cheap way to do near enough the same thing at home. ~~The Game~~ The idea is simple. The better you dance, the higher your score. The dance steps are made in time with the music, and you have to "stomp" the pad simultaneously with the arrows being highlighted on the screen. Sound complicated? It's not, well at least it's as hard as you want it to be. When you load the disc, you will have these options: -Arcade Mode This is the main part of the game. You have a choice of easy, standard or difficult tracks, and then a further choice of easy, standard or difficult steps. The easy tracks are quite slow, and the hard tracks are
very very fast. If you try to run before you can walk (so to speak), you will most likely land on your arse...so start from the beginning. Even if you are a great dancer, it takes a while to get the hang and the rhythm. There is an expert mode, which when I tried it out (for a bit of a laugh) nearly gave me a heart attack..so be warned!! Each game in the arcade mode consists of you dancing to three tracks, which you choose. You get a score for each round, which is a grade from AAA (excellent) to D. Any lower than a D is a fail. You then get an overall grade after the three songs. I like getting the grades as it is an easy way to set yourself targets to improve. The first time I got an AAA I was well chuffed, as that means you have done the routine without any mistakes. There are only four places to step on the mat- up, down, left and right. It sounds easy, doesn't it? Well, it isn't! Sometimes the steps can be quite complicated and non-stop, and sometimes you have double steps (eg, when you have to step on two at once)which means you have to jump. And sometimes when you have a continuous sequence, you get your legs all tangled up! I often cheat by just using one foot (but you're not supposed to). When you step on the corresponding place on the mat to the one on the screen, you will get one of these things pop up on the screen: Perfect- Great- Good- Almost- or Boo!!! (Missed). If you are doing really well, you get cheers and encouraging comments, and if you keep missing steps, you will get booed and insulted. There is a bar at the top of the screen, indicating your performance level. If you keep missing steps, this will go red and you are in danger of failing. -Training Mode This is a very complicated mode where you can practise different tracks with varying things such as-the arrows dissappearing halfway up the screen, no music, or with the arrows facing the wrong way. I find this part quite ted
ious, but I suppose if you are practising a particular track and want to get it perfect, it could be useful... -Workout Mode In the work out mode, you can enter your weight (eeek) and dance to burn calories. A calorie counter tells you how many colaries you have burned. I think this bit is quite pointless, obviously you burn calories when you dance in any mode, so I prefer the arcade mode. -Lesson Mode Going through the lessons helps you to master the steps. If you are stuck on a certain routine, or need some help getting started, the lessons are very helpful. You watch the animated character dance first, and have to pass each lesson successfully to go onto the next one. -Records If you have a memory card, you can save your best scores for each song or each game mode. I do not bother doing this. -Options In options you can change things like the number of players, the volume, and various other settings for the game. 1 or 2 players? If you have 2 mats, you can play Dancing Stage EuroMix with 2 people. For this, you need enough space for two mats! This can be fun, as you try to dance better than your partner to get a higher score than them. I only have one mat and just play on my own. That way, no one can laugh at me or put me to shame! ~~~~The Music~~~~~ Hmmm. This is one of my major problems with this game. I love dance music, and I like dancing. The music is this is just not up to scratch (so to speak). There are a number of well known tracks, such as "I will survive", "Mucho Mambo- Sway", "Boyzone- So Good" and a few others, but the vast majority (especially on the more difficult modes) are unknown, very fast Euro-style dance tracks. Which, frankly, are not all that good. There is a big choice of songs though, so you don't have to get sick of the same one being played over and over again. I just think that a game like this coul
d be soo much better if it included some up to date club tracks. The songs do seem to be well chosen for their rhythmns though, as you dance along to the beat. ~~~~The Graphics~~~ On all modes, at the top of the screen is the four arrows. When one is highlighted, that is when you have to touch the corresponding place on the mat. On the easy mode, there is a character dancing on the screen so you can copy them. On the higher levels there is just the arrows. The arrows are easy to follow, but the backgrounds-EWWW!! It looks like someone puked up on the screen! There are awful swirling patterns which move around. This is very off putting and gives me a headache. On the whole, the graphics look quite basic and old skool, but I suppose in a dancing game, you do not play it to marvel at the graphics. ---The Mat---- Just a couple of tips here regarding the mat. Always remove your shoes when playing this game. If you do it in bare feet, the plastic can be quite sticky, yet if you wear socks, you can slip on the mat! I tend to wear slipper socks, with the grip on the bottom. When you put the mat away after use, fold it along the original lines. You do not have to stamp hard on the arrows. A gentle touch will do (and your neighbours will thank you for it!) ~Who is it For?~ I think anybody could enjoy this game. My boyfriends Mum enjoys playing it for exercise, and there are songs that the oldies will recognise (I will Survive, Word Up, and Video Killed the RadioStar to name a few). Even if you are very unfit, the easy modes are very gentle and will not even break you out into a sweat. If you are trying to get fit or lose weight I think this game is great, as you don't even have to leave your house to do it. Kids would love this. Someone told me it is a girly game but I disagree (although men will probably go on it in secret when everyone is out!). *Good points about this gam
e* Dancing Stage Euromix is a lot of fun and also good exercise. Some of the songs are quite good and it is fun to sing along while you dance. The different modes mean that even if you are unfit or have little co-ordination, you can still play. The more difficult levels provide a challenge to work towards. You can try out the steps in your local club (actually, maybe not!!) There is a Konami Internet Challenge, whereby you go to their website at www.konami.co.uk. and register your details. You can then register your top scores and see how you compare to other players. You can even unlock special levels. *Bad points about this game* Sooner or later, an improved version will come out with better songs and graphics and this game will be relegated to the cupboard (sorry, but it's true). The graphics are very hard on the eye and they don't need to be. There appears to be no way to pause a game. I have tried all the buttons but nothing pauses it, which can be quite frustrating. On the whole though, I can't complain. The game cost me less than £20 (excluding the mat) and I have played it every day since I bought it. It has got my heart racing and hopefully burnt some calories too, and that is more than you can say for most PSX games. Oh, and one more tip. Close the curtains when you play this game. You don't want the postman, the Avon lady, and all your nosy neighbours laughing as your bottom wobbles!
This all started when I was on holiday with my wife, daughter and her friend, we came across a dance machine in an arcade and it was surrounded by young girls and one or two boys. We had a look at what was happening and it was a dance machine that you had to follow the movements of the machine with you feet in time with the music. While we were on holiday for the week it was never with out a pair of feet on it and of course it must of taken some money over that week and then the season. Well that?s in the past now and it was all forgotten and Christmas was fast approaching like a scud missile towards my wallet and all the adverts and shops were doing the best to get the children to part with you hard earned cash as if it grew on trees. In one of those days that I did get dragged round the shops I saw a dance machine, nothing like the one we had seen on holiday but it should do???? maybe. So bought paid and wrap and hidden in the attic I was pleased with myself what a thoughtful father ho hum. FLASH inspiration I saw the playstation dance mat attached to the Jungle book game and thought wow that?s good they should have a dance machine???..and maybe they have so I searched the shops but no avail but I nearly gave up but decided to look on the net, and guess what I found it and its made by the same people as the arcade game. I found it hard to get as Streets online and Amazon had the mat but were out of stock and may not get any more of the game, but thegamezone.co.uk came to the rescue so I paid my monies and waited. Arrival of the packages after Christmas not the fault of thegamezone but me being a terrible father and not think quicker. Mat plugs in to where the controller goes and disc in playstation and hey presto one dance machine like the arcade game. I would like to report on the easy of use but I have had one go and even the beginners level is far above my two left feet, but I have been informed by t
he consumer research team of my daughter and her friends that its is super cool and even got a thanks dad. Only problem if you have it upstairs you have a lot of thuds and you may have to re-plaster the downstairs ceilings but otherwise a great buy if you have a young daughter ages 7- 14 I have been informed there is also a workout feature to it as well so It might be useful to get rid of those extra inches from Christmas???. Well from all year round really What happen to the other machine? unwrapped and back to the shop for refund