Product Type: Ubisoft Wii games
Newest Review: ... now I'd have gone for a pre owned one to cut costs though. As the title would suggest the game involves lots of dancing. To play you hold ... more
Just dance on the Wii
Just Dance (Wii)
Member Name: ntg13
Just Dance (Wii)
Advantages: good for parties and kids, gives you a workout
Disadvantages: bad controls, doesn't register moves well
I bought just dance for my daughter's birthday not long after it come out after seeing lots of adverts on the TV for it. We are a little over run with games consoles in our house and the Wii isn't one of my favorites as the technology is a little lacking compared to other things on the market but it's good for parties and my daughter loves it and Just Dance is one of her favorite games to play on it.
Although there are now many more titles available in the just dance series, this first game seems to be quite popular still and is easy to come by new or pre-owned.
I paid around £17 on Amazon when I bought this, you can now buy it from there for £13.99 with £1.99 postage and packing, which works out about the same price still! It was cheaper a little while back, the price seems to rise and fall every now and then.
Game also sell Just Dance at £7.99 for a pre-owned copy and if you buy from their website the postage is free, for some reason the w new copy from there is currently cheaper at just £6.99. Game have Just Dance in their offers quite often, which is worth looking out for.
Game station sells the game at £7.99 and seem to have only pre-owned available. They also have free delivery from their website.
The price is ok, about average for a Wii game that has been out for a good few years like this one has, it's not a bad price for a successful Wii game. I paid more as it was a newer game and I was happy to do so, if buying it now I'd have gone for a pre owned one to cut costs though.
As the title would suggest the game involves lots of dancing. To play you hold onto your Wii remote and follow the Dace moves on the screen, you then score points for getting the dance moves correct and in time with what is shown on the screen.
The screen shows you a black background with neon dancers. You see the more of the shape rather than the dancers features. You also have a thing to keep score for each player, these scores look rather like colored bars on a bar chart and each one has it's own color and a shaped marker picked out by the player at the start of the game.
The game can be played single player or multi-player and you have the option of choosing from different songs or allowing the Wii to choose for you. You can also choose between short versions or long versions of the song, or even a mix of a few different songs! If playing multi-player you can have up to four people playing. This means the adverts for this game that had been shown on TV were a bit misleading as they seemed to have a whole room full of people dancing!
When dancing, as well as having an eye wateringly bright person on the screen (and you do have a different person for every different song) you have some stick figures at the bottom of the screen to show you what dance moves are coming up, I found this a bit hard to follow though as you can't really tell what these little stick figures are trying to tell you.
As you only use the Wii remote (no nun-chuck, no dance mat or any other equipment) the game is quick and easy to set up but not very easy to play. When you dance, you dance with your whole body and Just Dance is only picking up what is going on with your right hand, even then it seems to tell me I'm dancing excellently when I'm not doing the right thing or not registering when I'm doing something right. The controls for this game could be much better and sadly can't compete with games on Xbox kinect and the like.
The Wii itself doesn't have the most amazing graphics when compared to other games machines, so it's no surprise that this game isn't the most stunning to look at. The graphics are ok, nothing spectacular and quite basic, but to be honest with this kind of game you're too busy jumping around having fun to care too much about the graphics on the screen anyway.
Fun, amusement and working out
This game is fun to play in a group, my daughter often gets me to play with her, I sometimes get this out when people are over and me and my partner have even been known to stick this on for a giggle on a Friday night when the kids have gone to bed. The fact that the controls aren't the best at registering the moves sometimes actually makes it more fun as it seems to level out slightly the better and worse players taking part in the game.
In single player mode this is easy to get bored of quickly, but it is good for a work out. Some of the dances are very energetic and you do find yourself really jumping about quite a lot, well I do anyway! The way that you are following someone on the screen makes this very similar to a work out video and it would be quite good for this purpose although a lot of the moves are sillier than you'd ever find in a work out DVD.
The game states on the packaging that it is suitable for ages 3 and up. Although a three year old could play this it's probably better for older kids (I'd say probably five or six and up) as it can be quite tricky to pull off some of the moves which could lead to little ones being frustrated. This is the sort of game that will get all of the family joining in and it is suitable for most ages.
The songs on Just Dance are mainly 80's pop hits such as Cindi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun and New Kids on the Block's Step by Step but there is a bit of a range to choose from. The full song list can easily be found using google.
Since this game came out there have been other Just Dance games released. There is not much difference between the games other than new songs. I would say you're better off buying the cheaper first one rather than a newer release unless you have preference over songs.
I've also seen a Just Dance Kids for sale but I have not played this one.
This is a fun game and not a bad price, but although the graphics can be overlooked the controls are pretty bad. Overall I would recommend this as a good, active, fun game for the Wii, but only if you don't have access to an Xbox kinect as the dance games on there blow this right out of the water!
Summary: A good, fun, family game.
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