My children love to sing and dance and as this game came with a good sized microphone I chose this for a Christmas present.
This game is styled as a competition where you are part of a group of boys and girls who have to audition, practice and compete, performing in front of three judges who will critique your performance, award points and decide your fate in the competition. One thing I found confusing is that the characters appear to be speaking in a different language (although I don't think a real one but it's hard to tell) but you do get subtitles in the language your Wii is set up in if its compatible with the game. These languages are: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch and the subtitles change accordingly so it does help if your child can read.
You can customise your look and then jump straight into learning dance routines and singing songs from which there are over 40 to choose from.
Throughout the game you earn tokens by completing levels which you can use to upgrade your skills and unlock new songs, dance moves and outfits. If you complete five levels in song and dance you will get to go on a World Tour!
Star Show Mode allows up to four players to sing and dance together whilst Star Training mode lets you practice to get your dance moves down pat and your vocals warmed up! In Academy Mode you can create a Dance Routine youself which really can showcase your child's creativity and there are handy hints to help them come up with a great routine.
An add on comes in the form of Vickie's Pranks (one of the judges) and rather unfair I thought, whereby she makes your progress difficult in various ways, e.g. ink drops might splatter on the lyrics making them difficult to read or the music is randomly muted for several seconds in the hope of putting you off but true stars will keep going no matter what is thrown at them!
Whoever the judges rate the best (by awarding points) after each challenge, wins the contest.
The great thing about this game is that you can customise the level of challenge that is presented to you which makes it easier for younger ones or can be made more challenging for older children so all can get enjoyment from it. However, my children who aren't really that into chart songs as yet found the singing part too difficult but really enjoyed the dancing section so for them it was a bit hit and miss. I think ages 7 and upwards will appreciate this game more despite the 3+ age rating.
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This is another game I bought as a bundle second hand with my wii/wiifit/balance board.
You can buy this game with the microphone - which is a essential piece of equipment or you'll just be dancing. With the microphone Amazon have this at £20 and less than £5 without.
The game revolves around you, a wannabe Xfactor style superstar, and you need to sing and dance your way to superstardom!
You can play multi player modes, but the most you need is 1 microphone and 2 wii motes and no more than 2 people dance at a time and 2 people use the same microphone on a duet.
OK so basically you enter a Xfactor type competition with 3 events of your choosing, either random songs to sing or dance to (you don't sing and dance at the same time, they are separate events) Dancing revolves around the wiimote motion sensor and specific arm movements which can be practised and referenced with a quick reference card which is usually in the box.
The more competitions you compete in and the better your score, the more levels and points you open up, and points can be redeemed for 'packs' of music and moves. The packs go up in value of points each time you buy one, and eventually (when you have unlocked all the Pop, Urban and Electro packs) you then can buy the Superstar packs with your points.
The selections of songs are great, many recognisable tunes, some rerecorded to remove any inappropriate wordings.
A full song list is here under "your sounds" << http://boogiesuperstar.ea.com/en_uk.action >> although I am totally sick of "Hot n Cold" as my daughters wont do anything else..... of and my sons keep doing Dance Dance so a relief comes over if they do a random dance song instead of singing!
You need a fair amount of space for the 'moves' and bonus moves as we've had a few accidents where kids have been belted for not watching who's around them or actually being mindful some ones on the game.
I'm really sure this is good for any budding song & dancers out there, but for adults its a really cool party game to loosen people up.