“ Manufacturer: Nintendo / Control Elements: Dance Mat / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Lyrics / Max. Number of Players: 4 / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / ESRB Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / Genre: Educational / Publisher: Konami „
Hottest Party is a fun game which resembles the arcade style dance games, you know the ones you have to step on the corrosponding arrows as they come down the sceen and get yourself moving to the beat. This game comes with its own dance mat which you fold out and plug into the top of your wii console and away you go. There are 50 songs for you do dance from the last 4 decades so something for everyone there is a good mix of slow and fast tracks as well. You can also play in Beginner, Basic, Difficult and Expert mode which is very tricky. If you play this game by working through the tracks the better you do the more you can do. Higher scores mean more songs are unlocked to dance to and also you have the option of changing backgrounds as well as your characters outfit. You can also play in a free play mode to practice for those high scores. There is also a workout mode which is actually pretty tough if you but the effort in, you enter your details height, weight age and then choose either how long you would like to workout for or you have the option of saying how many calories you would like to burn. I stick to the time one trying to aim for calories can leave me wanting to quit when I find out that actually burning 100 calories is just not as easy as you think it would be lol. The mat itself is quite big I would say it probably is the same size as the ones in the arcade. I used to have laminate floor in my old flat and the mat was quite good at staying put I would actually say it moves more on carpet and I often find myself in the chair if I am not realising I am on the move as I dance. My other tip would be to wear socks as you play I find that if I play barefoot then sometimes my feet stick to the mat and it means loosing points not good!! The game is easy to follow some songs are harder than others but it gives you something to aim for and it definately gets you moving and your heart racing! You can play this with up to 3 friends but you would have to have a big living room which I do not. 5 stars a fun game that gets me moving can be picked up on ebay for around £30.
Having had an older version of this I was plesently surprised when investing in this that it had used technology advances wisely to create a really good fun game-if you like dancing and activity! The game on the wii plays the music and shows you the moves to recreate on the dance mat. These moves start off simple and slow and as you progress and advance you move onto the more complicated and competant routines. I thought this game may be a bit cheesey with limited music and moves but it isnt. It has an extensive collection of music and a range of moves. It never really feels like you are doing the same routine. The only downside with this game is you need space in front of your TV to use this to the full potential. There is no way you could get away with this in a cramped living room!
When I first bought this it was in an effort to get fit. I am just useless at it. If you have poor coordination then this isn't the game for you. It's fun and hilarious at a party but unless you have some serious dance skills you will struggle to get to the higher levels. Its a great idea for teenagers who are flexible but if your not as agile as you used to be then be warned. I find that if wearing socks you may slip and if you don't your feet stick to the mat. You also need quite a bit of room too. However, you can't go wrong for the price as it was not much over £30 and it had the dance mat too. You can buy them both separately i would recommend buying second hand ones as you may get bored of it quite quick. There is a variety of tunes some really fast rave type dance and some slower disco type tracks like disco inferno.
Wow well where do I start I was abit umming and ahhing over spending out so much on this but Im so glad I did . I think its fantastic . I bought it to aid my weighloss and exercise and I can honestly say its somethign I have stuck to religiously for the last 3 weeks . Everyone must of seen the big dance stage games in the arcades . Well this is the same game ( different version ) only you have a portable fold up soft mat and play it via your wii system obviously . You can get the hard steel dance stages for home use aswell but they often carry a hefty price tag . You have several different options in the game . You can work your way through the game and complete dance tasks to unlock different venues and songs and also more charactors and outfits for them to wear . There is a workout mode , you make up a profile and enter your age height and weight and then you can choose a time limit to your workout or a certain amount of calories you want to burn . The game gives a rough estimate as to calorie expenditure going by your current weight you inputted . I wear a heart rate monitor which is pretty accurate and I must say the game is not too far off with its rusults so thats a big plus You can just play as free play and choose songs and different stages/ backgrounds to dance to as you go along. Great if your trying to master a certain song , you can do it over and over till you get it nailed . Im still trying to do 99 red ballons lol The grahics are really good , and the music is great . Lots of variety and slow songs aswell as silly fast ones . There are 4 dificulty levels on the game and so somethign for everyone whether your new to the game or have played its many past games such as those available on the playstayion and xbox. The mat is really nice , a proper konami one . Not some cheap trash the they have thrown in with it . Its padded and has a non slip backing to it , has a really long cable on it so you can have it plenty far enough from the tv to avoid you falling through it when you miss a step ( lol trust me it does happen , Ive lost count how many times Ive been on my bum ). DO NOT WEAR SHOES on the mat tho , socks are better than barefeet aswell , helps you to move over it better . the mat tends to stick slighly to barefeet which is really annoying when your trying to master a quick combination of moves to get that perfect score Please note . The mat plugs directly into the wii via the top of it . This threw me for about 10 mins as I was turning the wii over and over trying to find the socket it fit with no luck .. I finally noticed the wii has two lift up panels on the top with hidden ports underneath . You will find the may plugs right into the ports at the front . Im not sure if the manuel actually does say about this but I was lost there for a while It all comes packaged in a nice strong box so the mat can be easily folded and stored when not in use .
I used to have all of the Dancing Stage games on the PS2 years ago, and am a bit of a geek when it comes to the machines in arcades too, so when I saw this I had to get it! There's nothing I don't like about this game (apart from the fact it crashes every now and then, but that may be my Wii). If you haven't played one of these games before, you basically stand on a mat that has four arrows on. Then stand on the arrows as they show up on the screen, very similar to Guitar Hero, but with your feet. The thing I love about this game is that there's loads of songs you'd know and can sing along to, and it's also a great workout. There's some very easy levels, which to be honest, I find completely boring, but the faster ones are great fun. I'm terrible for not getting any exercise, so half hour on this for me is a great workout and I'm knackered at the end of it! The game can be played single or multiplayer, but to be honest, it's not very good value for money at £50 for the game with one mat, and £25 for an extra mat.