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DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves Wii Console Game Review

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Simon Hill ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves is a two-stepping dancing-experience with engaging game play, an interesting style and presentation, and 40 enjoyable-songs from 60 years of Disney fun. Recommended for kids and adults who like family games designed to get everybody involved

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    Screenshots

    Disney Grooves: Mickey and the Gang DancingDanceDance Revolution: Disney GroovesDisney Grooves Dancing Fun
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    The Entertaining Parts

    Look in the Wii games aisle for this box  

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves does a great job of making you want to play again by challenging you but not penalizing you too much if you get the steps wrong.

    The Wii remote and Nunchuk actually help to get your whole body into the game play of DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves by making you move to the groove of half a century of Disney fun.

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves has all the Disney characters you and the kids have grown to love as playable characters; Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Pluto, and even Goofy.

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    The Boring Parts

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves doesn't include the best songs from the amazing library of Disney songs. A wider array of songs would have been better considering the content they had to pick from.

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves is too easy for many adults, but will certainly entertain and challenge kids. A lot of the interesting style and presentation we saw with Hottest Party and Hottest Party 2 is gone and the dances aren't all fun to dance to. For example - having you skip in a circle with Mickey, which wasn't fun for me.

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves has charming and popular songs that have been re-mastered, except for a few songs, but many are really hard to dance to. Listening to songs I loved as a kid that have been butchered wasn't very much fun or satisfying at all.

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves needs additional difficulty levels and modes designed for other ages, like teen or adult difficulty modes.

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    The Game Graphics

    The graphical presentation included with DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves is certainly light-hearted and targets a younger crowd and the casual gamer just like the game play does. The cartoon characters have minimal detail and basic facial expressions that will keep the kids happy, but older gamers will find them funny rather than fun to play.

    The settings in DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves have good color, the costume changes are engaging and fun to implement, and the animations are smooth and realistic in their movements. Venues for nearly every Disney animated film have been included in the game library, they all have amazing color and vibrancy. Each setting captures the look and feel of the movies that originally entertained you.

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    Sounds in the Game

    The sound track used for DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves actually uses rap songs from the 1990s for a game made for kids and the Disney crowd. Certainly, these themed songs were made by Disney in the voice of Mickey Mouse and were created for kids, but they seem out of place when you hear them while playing this game.

    The voices of all your favourite Disney characters have been wonderfully re-created for your enjoyment in DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves, they all sound like they did when you were a kid, and took me back to better times.

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    Playability

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves is a reasonably playable game but needs more content from the Disney library of music to add variety to the dance selections.

    The Wii controls implemented in DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves work, but they have a steep learning curve and can be difficult to master at first, so you'll require practice before you get a feel for them.

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves uses a co-op friendship mode that takes the best score of each step and averages it over the whole game. You and the kids can tag team the songs and they can learn by your example, or you can learn together, either way they'll love dancing to songs like "Chim Chim Cher-ee".

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    The Last Word

    DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves is recommended for kids and adults who want to dance and sing along with the kids to half a century of Disney movie fun. A simple game to play, except for the control problems, adults should put this game on the Expert mode if they want a reasonable challenge.

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