Developers please note... this is how to use the KINECT technology!
Dance Evolution is one of the best games available for the
Kinect and Konami have created the perfect dancing game. With shades
of Space Channel 5, Dance Evolution requires the player to
mimic the dance moves displayed on the screen and then use their
body to replicate them.
is a little daunting at first but once you get the hang of it,
Dance Evolution becomes a thoroughly enjoying game. The biggest
highlight of Dance Evolution besides the fun gameplay is the
accuracy of the Kinect because no matter what you do or how fast you
do it, the game picks it up perfectly. It's great to see a developer
maximise this technology as opposed to some of the shovelware that
is currently available.
Thankfully the game contains a tutorial or lesson mode that teaches
you the basics of dancing. Although you can jump straight into the
game, I do suggest you check out the tutorial because it may turn
you from embarrassing to half decent. Another cool aspect of the
game is that you can have dance offs with your friends, just like so
many American comedies! Which ever player performs the best dance
manoeuvres, wins! This can also be done via the local online play
(up to 2 players) or up to 4 players via online.
contains two main modes that include "Dance" and "Lesson" and
various levels of difficult. I'm a sucker for easy but somehow I
managed to move to medium. The hardest difficulty is basically
impossiblele for me. If you do mess up your dance routine, you've
pretty much blown your chances and you'll need to start again. My
only gripe with the gameplay is that it would have been fun if there
was a story mode or something. For example, work yourself up from a
humble backing dancer to the star the show.
mentioned, the control system works perfectly on the Kinect and my
favourite part of the game is "freestyle" which allows the player to
go crazy during a particular dance routine. It's a real blast when
you have friends over and I can really see Dance Evolution becoming
the next party game. As the controls are displayed on the screen,
you also need to watch the other backing dancers to ensure that you
are in time or facing the right way. All in all, it works quite
music of Dance Evolution features a plethora of Japanese Pop
inspired tunes, including Western Hip-Hop and some other genres.
There are roughly 30 songs in Dance Evolution. Even though
most of the music is generally nameless to Western markets, it
really gets your body moving and it also helps that you've got some
impressive looking dancers to look at. Some quite sexy at that.
graphics of Dance Evolution feature highly detailed characters that
move with a humanlike grace and some detailed environments. Your
dance "arena's" are quite varied and although it doesn't effect the
gameplay, one could consider this eye candy. There's also some great
lighting and special effects thrown into the dance mixes as well
which at times makes it look like you are part of a music video.
It's also funny to see you as a backing dancer with the graphics
which of course sometimes highlights your poor coordination... like
issue with Dance Evolution and like most Kinect games is the menu
system which is a little fiddle some. You try to move or press a
menu but sometimes you just make things worse. Fortunately the
gameplay is not hampered by the issues of the menu system. I've yet
to see the perfect menu system for Kinect.
future, Konami will be released new DLC for Dance Evolution
that includes both moves and songs. Hopefully a few more Western
songs will be included. For now, Dance Evolution takes advantage of
the Kinect and if you're looking for a fun game and like dancing,
well my backing dancers... you've come to the right place!
Definitely check out Dance Evolution!