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Ener-G Dance Squad (Nintendo DS) Review

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Ah Ubisoft, purveyors of games on the Wii and DS that let you do all sorts of exciting 'casual' things. Of late, there has been a particular downpour of what we've lovingly dubbed 'Ubi-crap' and so, it is with great trepidation that we take the plunge and actually review one. Going by the somewhat suspect name 'Ener-G Dance Squad', it lets you live the dream of being a super-cool dancer as you take on the (dance) world to become an all powerful dancer. Dancing is fun, or so we're told.

To sum it up in a sentence, this is a bit like Elite Beat Agents meets Barbie meets bargain basement. Amazingly, for what sounds like a fairly potent cocktail, this game doesn't suck. No sir, in fact it doesn't really do too much wrong, especially when you consider the market it is aiming for. The main bulk of the game is found in the 'Story Mode', which takes you from being silly old John Sargeant to a proverbial Rachel Stevens in a matter of hours. And not many hours at that. So whilst the main bulk of the game is pretty short, what there is here is very enjoyable and well put together. Graphically it doesn't make our eyes bleed and there is lots going on and a nice stylised look to all the artwork which gives the game a nice feel.

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The main premise is to dance and get enough points to beat the challenge set and then move onto the next stage. There are a number of different types of moves that have to be completed by doing different movements with the stylus. So far so good. The further you get the more complex the moves get and the more you'll have to do, with one even requiring you to use the microphone. It's clear that the developer has taken some time to sit down and at least vaguely think about how to make a game that is playable. Somewhat shocking on the DS 'casual' scene these days.

The most disappointing aspect of this game is the music. Needless to say, for a dance game, crap music is a bit of a letdown. Whilst it is fine at first, the fact that you seem to be dancing away to the same song after two hours of play gets a little...hideous. We went a tiny bit insane as the tinny little DS speakers cracked out the same fairly tedious tune for the lord-knows-how-many time. Its like any Coldplay song, fine once, but will drive you to murder someone if you hear it too much.

Screenshot for Ener-G Dance Squad on Nintendo DS - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Screenshot for Ener-G Dance Squad on Nintendo DS - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Gameplay

Surprisingly excellent. The use of the touch-screen is just about perfect with some clever and even challenging moves required as you progress through the game. We enjoyed it thoroughly, which is high praise indeed.

Graphics

Nice style, but pretty rank and blocky in places. The artwork is certainly the star of this game looks-wise, with the animation and in-game feel a bit tacky and rushed-looking.

Sound

You'll come to hate the music as much as we do. But still, it serves a purpose and is fine in small doses.

Value

Could last long, a lot longer. You get to unlock extras and play through all your dances again in a sort of 'exhibition' mode, but the main meat of the game can be done on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Average

About this score

What's good about this game is it is genuinely good fun. Whilst it might be aimed at girly-girls who have pink a DSlite, we still enjoyed it in a strange sort of way. It might look a bit average and have music with absolutely no variation, but the tapping and stylus fun is more than enough to keep the target audience entertained for a few hours. Just don't expect anything ground-breaking or particularly toe-tapping.

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03.12.2008

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Surprising score! From the title and "Ubisoft" you'd expect it to rank way lower; glad the gameplay holds, but as with many of these games needs a lot more polish. Good review T man!

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