The latest title set to capitalise on the fitness crazed and fun loving demographic often associated with the Wii console, Just Dance, unfortunately never really delivers. With motion controls that often fail to register when you do a move, a distinct lack of objectives or any real form of gameplay, and no ability to add new tracks to the game’s repertoire, there really doesn’t seem to be a lot to enjoy here.
You don’t need to be an expert, or even experienced, at dancing to get stuck into this title. What you certainly will need is a lack of any inhibitions as you follow the on screen instructions to a range of 32 different pop tunes. The routines displayed on screen are actually very well choreographed, providing enough difficulty to be interesting without being impossible for beginners. But with the Wii Remote failing to pick up the majority of the moves that you make, you’ll soon become frustrated.
Upon loading the game you will first need to pick a track to dance to. As already mentioned, there are 32 to choose from, featuring hits such as ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ and ‘Hot ‘N Cold’. With your song selected, take up your Wii Remote and simply follow the silhouette of the person onscreen as they take you through a variety of different dance moves. Mimicking the actions is literally all there is to do, as you will never have to press a button, or even use the Nunchuk controller to add some diversity with your other hand.
To add some extra enjoyment, or certainly some amusement value, you can play Just Dance with up to four players. Points will be awarded based on how well you perform each particular move and tallied at the end to decide upon the winner. With a good group of people up for a laugh, there is certainly some fun to be had here, but even with the most relaxed group you’ll soon find frustrations mounting as the controls fail to recognise their efforts.
In terms of single player modes, there really is not a lot of incentive to keep playing Just Dance, with no tracks to unlock, no career progression and nothing much to do other than prance around your living room. A couple of extra additions should have added some complexity, with Strike a Pose forcing you to stand still, holding the pose displayed on the screen, and Last One Standing costing you a life for a bad move, and giving you a life for five good moves. However these two modes are so badly stricken by the poor control recognition that you are unlikely to return to them after an initial investigation.
With no option to play online and no store to download additional tracks, no rewards and no progression through a career mode, Just Dance really doesn’t have a lot to offer to its players. As a fun party game there is some enjoyment to be had, but on your own expect to be bored within minutes.