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I bought this for 3 main reasons: I like the WII dance format, I like Abba songs, and this product was being offered for a ridiculously cheap price on Amazon. I got mine for under £4! (So, if it wasn't going to be very good - there wouldn't be much damage done to the old wallet.)
It has 26 hits on it:
Money, Money, Money
As Good As New
Does Your Mother Know
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Head Over Heels
Hole In Your Soul
When I Kissed The Teacher
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
If It Wasn't For The Nights
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Lay All Your Love On Me
People Need Love
Summer Night City
I'm A Marionette
Take A Chance On Me
The Winner Takes It All
The format is similar to the other WII Just Dance products and in my opinion the graphics are as good. As with the Just Dance products the avatar on screen dances to the tune and you follow and score points. (The gloved hand of the avatar which corresponds to your Wii remote-holding hand is the thing to watch for those who want a high points score.) You can dance with up to four players and challenge your friends whilst pretending you really are Abba...should you want to. Or if you're like us you just copy the moves and dance without really keeping score of anything.
This product also has a karaoke mode for up to two singers following the lyrics on screen (you have to have a microphone to access this) and what it refers to as a mini-musical mode which provides a story through the arrangement of Abba songs. The disc contains clips of Abba videos throughout. There is plenty on offer to keep you interested.
This was surprisingly good fun. A nostalgic tour for me - but the format made it 'hip' enough for my own teenagers to join in. We have had a very pleasant few evenings entertainment out of it and some lively exercise had by all.
Do I think it quite measures up to the other WII dance formats? No not quite. I think the various artists formats provide a bit more high octane buzz. My teens eventually found they wanted something more modern and with a bit more pace to it. In the long term then, perhaps entertainment for the more mature dancer rather than teenagers - but still good fun when you're in the mood for an Abba-thon.
Currently (11/07/2013) this is being offered at £6.85 on Amazon - good value for money for what you get from this.
Ever since playing Just Dance when it first came out, our house hold as always tended to have the latest dancing titles. A bit of drunken fun, a different way to have fun or a way to keep fit Dancing games can have many different qualities and this one, Abba: You Can Dance, aptly named after one of their most famous song lyrics is a decent, if a bit conventional, dance title.
This game was released in the run up to Xmas 2011 and we bought it a few weeks before the event as something to play at family get togethers....although after "lampgate" last year with just dance all breakable items were well out of site.
What you get for your money here, and we are talking around £15-£20, is 25 classic Abba songs for you to dance too. I am sure given the bands massive back catalogue you could have included much more but all the notables are here and I assume everyones favourite Abba track will be on the disc. The music is real, authentic and the proper versions, none of this cover version or "as made famous by" nonsense you see in other games. Just real Abba singing Abba's biggest hits. Gives a certain authenticity to the game I tend to think.
The game is very simple, you dance copying the moves from the screen and score points. Some songs and settings are harder than others but there is at least a setting to fit all. Its very pick up and play, needs very little instruction...just grab the remote and dance. The controls are as responsive if not more so than Just Dance and you do feel in control and is your movements are being scored fairly. There are highs score tables etc to challenge friends but the real fun in this titles comes in the multiplayer modes which are a laugh a minute. So much fun to be hand battling opponents and with up to four playing it gets hectic. Marvellous! Dancing games are some of the best multiplayer titles out there.
There is one mode where you play in a story based musical which is fun if a little pointless, but the game also boasts....singing!
Never going to be a patch on singstar but in this title if you have the mic you can sign along to the song and get scored on vocals. It is no where near as tight as the dancing and perfect singing gets you nowhere but it's a little bit of fun that people will enjoy if you don't take too serious!
Bonuses include live footage of Abba on stage, trivia and various photos to add to the feel but it's the fun element that will keep you coming back and back for more.
All in all then I would say that Abba You Can Dance does not do anything fresh but it does make for a fun game and is certainly on par with some of the more known and established titles in the dancing franchise! Worth a punt!
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