This essential Dance Dance Revolution game version will keep the kids (and adults) moving, but needs more strong song remixes, improved control response and a wider range of picks from the Disney library. These limitations may stem from simple budgets for licenses…or maybe developers are waiting for the next likely installment.
This game accommodates one to four players and includes two dance pads for a little bit more than a regular SRP Wii game, so you can really get an active jump on dance games if you’re new to the genre. It’s also a great opportunity for older gamers to teach the young ones those rhythm rumbas.
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves does a great job promoting the dance moves, especially by not penalizing most incorrect moves throughout gameplay and only giving the ending performance in star ratings after scores at the top.
The developers made an admirable attempt to get the whole body moving by combining the Wii-mote and Nunchuk for dance moves. The controls can be challenging at times and require some practice. Some areas don’t require the Nunchuk while other areas do.
The overall game library consists of more than 40 songs with a very enthusiastic announcer and audiences that never boo you off the stage. You can get encouraging comments even with a 0 score, so the young tykes can really participate in this game.
A co-operative friendship mode tallies the best score of each dance step, which rewards some fun tag team play where veterans can help the little ones improve. Some remixes are hot or cold. A remix of "Chim Chim Cher-ee" really gets you bouncing, but then “Hakuna Matata” disappoints. You can even slow things down with “He’s a Tramp” from Lady and the Tramp. Older players might cringe at synergetic titles like "Ice Ice Mickey".
You get Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto as danceable characters. The game also incorporates your Mii into the dances as well as the Studio mode where you can mix your Mii in with the Disney characters and take pictures. Over 35 colorful settings and 60 costume changes add to the game's appeal. You can also view high score records any time and select autosave so you don’t lose progress.
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves is great for Disney fans who are sure to recognize all the content, even songs from the famous Disney theme parks, with enough modes (freeplay, workout, etc.), unlockable content and difficulty levels for decent replay value.
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.