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DanceWall Remix (PC) Review

 
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Formats: PC
 
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Final Score
7.5
7.5/ 10


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1 total rating

 

We liked?


Motion control that is accessible for everyone.

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Not a ton of content, but completely fair for the price.


Final Fiendish Findings?

DanceWall Remix is a great addition to the motion control genre. With no need to purchase expensive add-ons or toil through complicated set-ups, it’s motion control that anyone can enjoy, regardless of budget or tech savviness. It’s an engaging and colorful game that will really appeal to kids, but it’s fun for adults as well. Though it doesn’t have a ton to offer in the way of levels, what you get is quite fair for the price point, and there is definitely plenty of replay value to be had.

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Posted September 24, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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If you would love to get in on the whole motion control craze, but don’t want to shell out for pricy peripherals, then you are going to love DanceWall Remix from Extreme Reality. It’s a fully functional motion controlled game, but it uses only the existing camera on your pc – there’s no need to purchase add-ons that you’ll never actually use, and no complicated setup either. It’s as easy as launching the game and getting ready to boogie.

When you begin the game, you must first go with a quick calibration (much like any other motion control game, be it kinect, Playstation Move, etc.). This just requires you to stand there with your arms in the air, waiting for the camera to sense you, and it just takes a minute or so (note: we did have issues with calibration at our first go, but the last update seems to have resolved all that, with calibration taking mere seconds now).  Once you’ve calibrated, you’re ready to choose from the three themes available: Disco, Classic, or Retro.

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Selecting a dance works just like using the Kinect on an Xbox does – there’s a hand icon, and moving your hand moves the icon to whatever you select. When you get to the one you want, simply hold still for a few seconds while it launches your game. Easy-peasy. Once the game begins, you won’t find mastering it quite as easy, though it is incredibly simple to pick up on. Your character zooms through a 3D world filled with all sorts of colorful, kid friendly objects all around – hearts, stars, rainbows, etc. At times, gems will pop up, and you can pick those up by moving your hand over them. Once in a while, colorful enemies will appear as well, and you’ll have to “punch” them to get them out of the way.

Your most challenging gameplay comes from the main mechanic in the game – posing. As you zoom through the clouds, you’ll see walls approaching. These walls have posed cut-outs on them, and you are meant to pose your body into that shape while the wall passes over you (similar to the children’s show called Hole In the Wall). If you miss it entirely, the wall will shatter and you’ll get no points. If you do make it, you’ll be awarded points based on how closely you matched up to the shape in the wall. Keep in mind that everything is quickly moving by during all of this, and you end up with a giggle-inducing game that has you making silly poses and getting plenty of exercise, all while fun music plays in the background.

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There are several different difficulty levels, from casual to advanced, with the biggest difference being the speed at which you go through the levels (although the shapes do seem a bit harder on higher levels as well). While it’s all very fast paced and even a little difficult at times, it’s a lot of fun for even small children, as no controls means virtually anyone can play. The game even snaps a few pictures of you as you play, displaying them at the end of the level for all to enjoy.

DanceWall Remix is a great addition to the motion control genre. With no need to purchase expensive add-ons or toil through complicated set-ups, it’s motion control that anyone can enjoy, regardless of budget or tech savviness. It’s an engaging and colorful game that will really appeal to kids, but it’s fun for adults as well. Though it doesn’t have a ton to offer in the way of levels, what you get is quite fair for the price point, and there is definitely plenty of replay value to be had.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)