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I'm not ashamed to admit that I love High School Musical so I was delighted when my fiancé bought me this game (as a joke- the joke's on him!) for Christmas!
It's a fairly simple, but fun, premise. Use the Wii controller and nunchuck to dance along with the characters on screen to songs from all 3 HSM movies. There are 29 songs to dance to and 3 difficulty ratings. Why 29 and not 30 songs is beyond me as there are a couple of songs not in the game that could be!
You can play with the main characters or create your own Wildcat. Most dances use a boy and a girl and I am sad enough to have made a 'Me' Wildcat to have her dance with Troy! ;-)
To 'Dance' you have to use the controllers to hit marks on the screen when the dots move over them, the marks are in a kind of clock formation, with your right hand you have to hit marks at North-East, East and South-East and with your left you hit North-West, West and South West. There's a bit of a knack to hitting the marks because you have to flick the controllers 'just so' for it to register but with the tutorials and a bit of practice I picked it up after a few tries.
During the dances there are pauses for bonus points to be collected; you have to point the controller at the screen to hit the musical notes to fill up a bar on the screen. This happens about twice in each dance and I'd rather this didn't happen. I can understand why it is there, it is usually during really fast parts of the song or really slow parts which are difficult to dance to but it breaks up the fun of the dancing and you can't get into a really good groove! Other parts in the dance are 'Pose' where the dancer strikes a pose and you have to match it for several seconds for bonus points, there are also turns, jumps, skips, punches etc.
The dances start off fairly simple and get harder. Like everything, it gets easier the more you do it. Once you get to know the song and the beat it is easier to dance along because the moves match the beat of the song so it feels like it flows much better once you've done it a few times. I found myself really dancing along with certain songs, not just moving my arms, once I got the hang of it and it makes it a lot more fun. Although my aching arms the next day are not so good! My favourite song to dance to is 'I want it all' from HSM3. The game records your favourite dance, your best, your highest score, highest number of marks hit in a row etc Unfortunately according to my scores I'm not actually that good at that particular dance I just keep going back to try again!
Each song is graded at the end by Ms Darbus, I think the grading must be very lenient as I've never had anything lower than a B and I can be pretty bad!
As you play you unlock things like quizzes, yearbook pictures and clothes and accessories for your Wildcat. I don't really bother with the quizzes and yearbook as these parts seem to be fillers and for the younger fans.
A big disappointment for me is that the songs are not the originals from the movies, they've been recorded by different people. I have no idea why and it takes something away from the game.
Despite little niggles with the game I still really enjoy playing it. It is fun, it isn't too difficult, you can play on your own or with friends (which I haven't tried as I've only got one controller and my friends are too cool to join in anyway!) and it's a good way of getting up and moving around without feeling like you're doing any work! It is by far my most played game, whenever I play something else I think I might as well be playing this game and put it back on!
This is definitely one for the fans of the whole High School Musical phenomenon, normal folk will probably find it very tiresome very quickly but I love it!