The Fun Parts (3 out of 5)
Boogie Superstar rocks the dance floor! The dance game-play gets a new set of dance shoes that improve the dancing portion of the experience, now you use the Wii remote to follow easy to understand two-beat motions. The dance system works as well as you remember from Boogie; the new moves are all fun, engaging, and satisfying to execute.
They have raised the challenge significantly with Boogie Superstar. The scoring system made it very hard for me to win; you have to remember every word of every line.
Parts That Need Improvement (3 out of 5)
Boogie was a game that was all style and no substance for the most part. Even with the obvious improvements, Boogie Superstar barely gets the nod of recommendation.
The character creation ability built into Boogie Superstar doesn’t allow for enough variety. All the characters look basically the same no matter what you change.
The developers have censored the lyrics which they found offensive, which makes a mess of the singing portion of Boogie Superstar.
Graphics (2 out of 5)
Boogie Superstar has cartoon characters with average textures and details for a Wii game. They smile and laugh as they dance, and move in time to the music. The animations are reasonably smooth and in time. Occasionally, you’ll see a slight jerkiness that quickly disappears.
Sound (2 out of 5)
Boogie Superstar includes around 40 pop songs, many of which are pretty entertaining. Unfortunately, the sound quality is so terrible that even if the tracks were all number one sellers it would sound bad.
Playability (3 out of 5)
The dancing part of Boogie Superstar is a superior experience to the singing component included with this latest music genre title for the Wii console, but at least this experience has more entertainment value than Boogie has.
Almost all the Wii-motions required while playing Boogie Superstar work well. A few of the up and down motions occasionally refused to work at first, but eventually I got the hang of it after a bit of practice.
The process of unlocking new songs while playing Boogie Superstar is very time consuming. You start with about a dozen songs and then you have to earn points to get more to use during play. You’ll need to play songs over a number of times to earn enough points to unlock new songs, so you’ll probably be bored of the old songs by the time you achieve this. Boogie Superstar has three genres of songs included, each with five levels of progression that unlock two new songs for play.
The multiplayer mode included with Boogie Superstar is more fun than the single player mode, but this kind of game is always more fun with a friend or two. Unfortunately, you’ll earn fewer points when playing with your friends. Also, the points you earn in multiplayer mode can only be used to unlock songs as an individual and not as a group.
The Final Word (3 out of 5)
Boogie Superstar starts out reasonably fun, but loses its entertainment value after the halfway mark. By the time you unlock all the songs, you’re ready to never dance again. Boogie Superstar improves last year’s Boogie experience just enough for me to recommend this title for people who like energetic movements combined with a difficult physical challenge.