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This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Boogie, developed and published by Electronic Arts. Boogie is a dancing game where you have to control your various characters through various challenges and across different music genres.
In recent years there has been an increase in games relating to creating music and joining in with the action, from Guitar Hero through to Singstar. This game involves you using the stylus to dance along to various different pieces of music, and try to impress the audience who will rate your performance.
You can play in the career mode, where you have to play through five different storylines and elevate yourself through eleven different ranks in the game. If you work through in this mode, you are able to unlock certain parts of the game, and also more costumes and extras.
There are additionally also three different ways of playing, choreography where timing is of the essence with your dance moves, copycat where you just need to make the moves in the correct order and freestyle, where you just impress in your own way.
As you play your way through the game, there are also additional mini games to play. These aren't very substantial in terms of the game, but they're fun and add something extra to the game, which breaks the repetitiveness of the main game itself.
Controlling the game is primarily through using the stylus to make all of the dancing moves. This is very easy to control in principle, and I think worked quite well and efficiently. There are however times though where the game doesn't seem to recognise the exact move that you were trying to make, which can be frustrating.
Graphics in the game are fine, arcadey, bright and fun. The sound in a game such as this is of course very important, and it isn't disappointing. There are twenty main tracks for your character to dance along to, and the additional sound effects are varied and interesting. All told, the sound does add lots of atmosphere to the game, which in a game such as this, is definitely required.
There is an additional 3D element in the game, although it's entirely an extra, and doesn't really sit very well with the game. However it's fun enough, you simply play the game in the 3D mode, and you have to wear the 3D glasses which come packaged with the game. It's another feature which adds to the fun of the game, something a bit different.
There is a multi player function so that you can play the game with up to three other friends. The developers of the game only require you to have one cartridge between all of the players, which is a definite plus, and full credit for this. It's a shame that all developers don't do this, as it's frustrating to want to play a game with someone else, only to discover that they must their own copy of the game.
The game retails currently for 19.99 pounds on Amazon, although if you are happy with a second-hand copy, these are available for just a few pounds at the time of writing on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of most ages.
In summary, this is a fun game which is good value if you can pick up a copy for a few pounds. It's got lots of extra twists and modes to make it enjoyable for quite a while, even though the core part of the game can be quite repetitive. Fun sound, good atmosphere and great in multi player mode. Definitely recommended.