Plot: What’s it about?
Just Dance has become a powerhouse brand in video games, across multiple platforms with a varied selection of titles. Now Just Dance has partnered with the magic of Disney to create a one of a kind dance experience. Just Dance: Disney Party offers the chance to perform to some of Disney’s most beloved songs, from both television and feature films. So classic films like The Aristocats and Cinderella, more recent hits such as Tangled and Tinker Bell, and television favorites like Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place all provide songs for players to rock out with. While the lineup is not as extensive as most Just Dance titles, there is a nice group of songs and players should be quite satisfied. The title is aimed at younger players and is certain to get them up and moving, especially in this Kinect version. While the Wii and PS3 versions retain the same basic mechanics, the full body tracking from Kinect pushes this version as the definitive one.
If you’ve played a Just Dance game before, then you know what to expect from Just Dance: Disney Party. The game allows up four players to dance at the same time, with smooth drop in & drop out abilities. So hop in for a song or two, then pop back out to rest, without slowing down the experience for the other players. In that same vein, you can enable a non stop shuffle mode that keeps the tunes flowing and allows for extended play with no breaks in the action. I found Just Dance: Disney Party to be as responsive as the other games in the series, which means Kinect more than delivers in that aspect. Even the more complex moves were read easily and I had minimal motion tracking issues, even with four players active. The level of activity is high and a decent song list can provide more than solid exercise. So if you want a game experience that is going to get younger players off the couch and exercising, Just Dance: Disney Party is a wise choice.
Video: How does it look?
The game uses a similar visual design to other Just Dance games, but with a brighter, more colorful presence. The dancers on screen are also young children, which should help more nervous players relax a little. After all, if those kids can move it, so can they, right? The backgrounds also tend to be more kid-centric, so the whole experience has been tailor made to make younger players feel right at home.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is a game that is all about music, so of course the soundtrack is important. The songs all sound terrific, with a good amount of presence. The sound effects are mostly limited to the menus, but they’re well done and suit the game to a tee. The main element is the music however and since it sounds great, that is what matters.