Review: Dancing with the Stars: The PC Game
Reality shows like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars have always dazzled audiences with their stirring as well as controversial moments. American Idol’s huge franchise fared miserably on the gaming screen. Is Dancing with the Stars game another poor video game version of a reality show?
Dancing with the Stars: The PC Game
Dancing with the Stars has always attracted people’s attention for its celebrity-styled dance competition. Watching your favorite celebrities pair up with professional dancera and choreographers to dazzle judges and audiences can be entertaining, but playing a video game version is not.
Dancing with the Stars: The PC Game is yet another video game based on the popular celebrity dance reality show. The game imports 26 celebrities and professional dancers from the first four seasons of the dance show. You will be able to interact with the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Harry Hamlin, Mario Lopez, and Drew Lachey who, strangely, do not look like their real-life celebrity counterparts.
The game has three difficulty levels: easy, intermediate, hard and ultimate. The first step is the choreography step. You are given a dance style to choreograph. There are 11 different dance styles including Cha Cha, Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango. Each style has various moves ranging from nine to 12 moves.
Dancing with the Stars: The PC game has three mini games that are part of the choreography mode. These three games can be quite monotonous for players because they offer no challenge at all. There’s a rhythm game where the dancing steps fly up the screen and a strange music plays. You have to hit the right key at the right moment in time with the music. There’s also another game where you balance books on the celebrity heads to get your “posture" right (Ha Ha…). The strangest part of this balancing act is that the books stick to your head and do not fall of even if you make any awkward moves. The third game is a rip-off of the popular flash memory game where the dancing steps light up in certain order and test your memory. Memorizing the steps become very hard at each difficulty level.
After practicing all these mini games, it’s time to hit the dance floor. Clicking on the dance floor will reveal a menu. The menu contains all the moves. You will have to be wise enough to choose the opening moves of the given dance style (which is pretty easy). Even if you have made a mistake in your move, you can reset it with the reset button, but remember that you will have to begin from the first step as the reset button brings you back to square one. Your dance moves determines your scores. You generally score 9 points every time, unless there’s a serious mess-up with any dance move.
The judges’ score determine your ranking and the lowest scorer celebrity couple gets eliminated. This gets repeated until there’s one couple with the high score declared as a winner. Game Over! It only takes less than 10 hours to complete the game.
Well, that’s the overall Dancing with the Stars PC game mantra. Still, if you like you can download dancing with the stars pc game for some boring dance actions.
The Graphics in Dancing with the Stars: The PC Game are unimpressive. The celebrity character models look similar to one another and do not resemble the real-life celebrities. They seem like they are holding hands in mid-air. The game even looks scary when someone’s hand goes through another’s body. The jerky animations of celebrity-dancer pairs make things even worse than you could think of. The animated dance moments are awkward. The dancing couples do not look graceful at all!
The only relief is in the form of a recorded clip where you see real-life dancers Karina Smirnoff and Jonathon Roberts doing various forms of dancing styles including Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango. This interesting video can be accessed through the main menu.
To complement different dance styles, developers added a wide variety of music. But, the music does not seem to connect with the dance whenever a pair hits the dance floor. The theme music gets repetitively boring whenever you load menus. Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will bore you with the same comments. There are no stirring or controversial comments to add some spice.
The Dancing with the Stars PC game is not a hundred percent effort by its game developers. The mini games are boring and the animation is terrible. There’s neither any variety nor replay value. The game is priced at $19.99. Before purchasing I recommend you ownload Dancing with the Stars PC game trial version to test its gameplay mechanics.
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.3GHz
RAM: 512MB (minimum)
Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9000, Intel 945, NVIDIA Geforce 5200 (64MB DirectX 9.0 compatible)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound Card