So first off heres what it is.....
If you have been in an arcade over the last couple of years you will not have failed to have seen one of those big machines with flashing arrows on the floor with people jumping up and down trying to copy the dance moves on the screen whilst hitting the correct arrows with there feet at the right time. Well this game is basically that except the mat rolls out plugs into your wii and you can do it in the privacy of your own home without others staring and laughing. You may have had one of these for playstation 2 I did years ago but can't remember what the game was called now anyway....
Hottest Party is fab it has 50 songs to dance to 26 of which are covers of songs you are sure to recognise including Hot Stuff-Donna Summer, Karma Chameleon-Culture Club also it has more recent dance mixes by groups such as the Scissor Sisters this one was released in 2008 so some of the tracks are older now (there is a newer version of the game available) However the tracks are still great and there should be something for everyone to enjoy.
To play the game you plug your dance matt which comes with the game into your wii at the top and lay it out on the floor you then stand on it select a song as the song plays the characters dance on the screen and arrows travel down the screen. You press the correct arrow as it travels down the screen and gets to the 'pressing point', the arrows point forward, back, left and right. As well as this there are special steps where you have to hold the arrow longer or move quicker. As if this isn't enough the game also incorparates using the wii remote and nunchuck so you have got to move your hands to the beat as well.
You can however turn this function off if its to much or you are just getting used to the game.
You can play with up to four people though you would need a big living room to do this as the square matt is the same size as those found in arcades. You can play the game using a game cube controller as well but I think that defeats the object of the game sitting pressing arrows instead of getting up and moving.
There is also a workout mode where you can see how many calories you are burning.
Overall I really enjoy this game and its quite addicitive once you get going. Some of the moves can be hard at first to get used to and my mat does sometimes move from under me when I get a bit carried away. This game makes me sweat I can tell you hat much adn it is a fun way to get a workout. It also allows me to practice for when I do go to the arcades allowing me to beat my friends lol.
An enjoyable game that gets you moving. The game and matt cost around £45 but you can then use the mat with the newer game and also step to the beat.
I love this game! I've wanted a dance mat for a while since playing on a friend's a few years ago. My husband has so many games for his PS3 that are aimed solely at men (which I hate), so I wanted a game that I could enjoy for myself.
I searched the internet looking for a dance mat and this was at the end of January when everywhere seemed to be sold out after Christmas, so I really struggled finding one in stock that wasn't extortionately priced because of the very same reason (that made me want one even more!!).
I eventually got hold of one for £50 from Argos and it was definitely money well spent. I love the selection of songs on the game, a lot of them are familiar songs (just more upbeat versions easier to dance to) and you soon get to know the unfamiliar ones, although it can get frustrating when you can't stop humming the songs!!
I even got my husband to reluctantly try it out who has no rhythm whatsoever, and after a few goes even he became hooked (yes the man who loves games which involve blowing zombies heads off!!).
It's also a great way of losing weight, especially on some of the harder settings. You can use the wii remote and nunchuk as hand movements for a more difficult dance routine, or this function can be turned off.
There are four difficulty settings (beginner, basic, difficult and expert) and as I'm only just mastering songs on basic there's still plenty of room for practice and improvement so in that sense you can never get bored of doing the same thing over and over.
After playing on it so much the novelty did wear off slightly, but having not played on it for a couple of months I'm once again hooked, trying to better myself all the time (which can get frustrating!). The dance mat is great fun and a far much more enjoyable way of keeping fit and losing weight than going to the gym!
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 bought this game because I really enjoy rhythm games (the rhythm bits on Raving Rayman Rabbids, Guitar Hero, etc). Unfortunately, it sucks.
The interface is the same as that of the arcade dance games. Probably playing this game enough would make you better at those.
It comes with a mat, which is soft plastic, easy to fold away. But it's easy to lose track of where your feet are meant to be on it. The hand movements are fiddly, and generally not picked up by the controllers (or not at the right time).
The 'workout mode' is a nice idea, but it doesn't run continually, there's a lot of stopping and starting involved. The songs are all short, so you're not going for very long. I can see how the higher levels would be a good workout, but I couldn't stand this game long enough to get there!
The big problem, the one that really put me off this game, is the music. There are some good songs, at least in theory, but *nothing* is in the original version, they're all bizarre techno/dance versions clearly made a bunch of inept people fiddling with a computer somewhere. Honestly, the music is *terrifying*. Just thinking about the music has started me mentally humming their version of '99 Red Balloons', and now I think my ears are bleeding from the memory. Every single song has been sped up, slowed down, or otherwise made deeply weird and wrong. Maybe this is normal for DDR games - I don't know, and I don't intend to find out!
I picked up this game as I thought it would be great fun to have a dancing game for the Wii, to go with the Singstar series for Playstation 3. The game is very fun and even comes with a dance mat making it great value for money.
The graphics aren't too bad and are better than most games on the Wii. The soundtrack is good but the game has some framerate issues but this doesn't ruin the game.
The game is very fun as you can use the dance mat and even the Wii remotes to do hand movements. This can be hard to do them at the same time but isn't too bad if you are up for a challenge. If not, you can even switch them off.
The best mode is the freeplay mode, where you can just pick the song and start dancing to it. There are plenty of difficulties for the casual of pro dancer. There are lots of songs but no the most well known of mixes.
In conclusion, this is a great game and much better than other dancing games on the Wii. It is still quite expenisive so it may be worth waiting.
I'm a massive fan of the DDR series of games, so when this came out for the Wii I definitely wanted to give it a try. This game comes with a dance mat for the Wii.
Gameplay is very similar to other of Konami's Dancing Stage offerings, but in this version there is the addition of hand movements which utilise the Wiimote and Nunchuck. In theory this is good but I find it very tricky for the Wii to pick up my hand movements. Fortunately these can be turned off!
There is a freeplay mode where you jump in and start dancing to the songs, workout mode where you can view how many calories you've been burning, and a game mode where you have to complete songs at increasing difficulty levels to unlock more songs and outfits, etc. Difficulty levels range from beginner up to expert.
The majority of the songs in this game are euro style club mixes of pop songs, with less of the 'classics' from other versions. There are 70 or so songs in total I believe.
Overall, this is a good fun game, especially if you shell out for another dance mat so that two of you can compete against each other. It's also made me a lot fitter!