The idea of tapping buttons or dancing to a good song or a good beat is always fun. It’s been a long time and many different games have taken advantage of this very primal desire to move your body and feel the rhythm.
This is part of the reason why this type of video game is so popular with so many people. There are people from all walks of life who play games, even though they have never used a controller before. They play plastic guitars and dance pads, even though they’ve never used a controller before.
As Guitar Hero and DDR have lost their popularity, the rhythm, dance, and music craze has faded a little. But this genre will always be popular because of its intuitive and addictive gameplay. These types of games have a lot of music to choose from even when there is a lull.
In this video, we’ll show you how to break down some of the best rhythm and dance games ever made.
Dance Central 2
The success of games like Guitar Hero and the Wii made it seem almost inevitable that a dance game for Microsoft’s new motion camera would come out. And who better to put it out than Harmonix, the company that made it for GH?
2011’s Dance Central 2 was able to smooth out some of the rough edges and shortness of its predecessor. It had more solid motion controls, more songs, and a multiplayer mode that worked.
Much like another recent hit by Monstars Inc. and Reonair, Tetris Effect, Rez Infinite takes players on an exhilarating ride with its smooth blend of music and action-packed gameplay.
With a joystick or a VR headset, players can fly through abstract, polygonal environments and aim and shoot projectiles while moving their heads in a certain way. Action, bright, retro-future visuals, and thumping techno music make for a journey that’s both exciting and hypnotic at the same time.
Yes, people who have always wanted to be a DJ in their bedroom can now do so in the virtual world.
With this fun rhythm game, Harmonix shows that they can still make music even after all these years. 2020’s Fuser has players take on the exhilarating role of a DJ, who’s job is to raise the roof and provide the remixed soundtracks to concerts of thousands.
You’ll have to mix and match different pre-selected tracks to make up your fusion of on-the-fly medleys. You can also add things like audio filters and instrument loops to your music in order to add a little extra flair and score more points.
Rock Band 3
It took Harmonix a few years to get good at making games like Rock Band, but they mostly got it right when they made “Rock Band 2.” A solid formula is still used in 2010’s Rock Band 3. Content has been added and some areas have been improved.
A more detailed “Pro” mode is added, as well as three-part vocal harmonies and a “Pro” mode that lets you play real instruments like they do. There is a lot of variety and colour in the mix now that there is a keyboard in there, which is good.
Ozzy Osbourne and The White Stripes are two of the most popular bands in the world right now, but there are also a lot of older songs like “Crazy Train.”
It’s common for rhythm and dance games to have weird accessories. These things help make the game more fun and help you break down the game itself. With its plastic bongo drums, Nintendo was able to break new ground. A typical dance pad or plastic guitar wouldn’t be able to do that.
There were a few other games that used this peripheral, but the Donkey Konga games were the main ones, and it worked great.
If you hit one of the bongos with your left, right, or both hands when the rhythmic cues come, you’ll get points. You can also clap once in a while to add some variety. The idea is simple but appealing, and the setlist has a wide range of good songs. Songs for kids and Nintendo hits like the Pokemon theme and Blink 182 are among them.
Parappa The Rapper
Younger gamers might only know this fun PlayStation game from a Robot Chicken parody that they saw on YouTube. Back in the 1990s, people who didn’t want to work up a sweat in DDR would choose this song as one of their favourite rhythm-based songs.
The game has cute cell-shaded graphics and a simple but interesting story about a dog who wants to be a rapper, because why not? A chicken man is one of the many enemies the player will face during the rapping romps. The player will train with “Master Onion.”
It’ll be hard not to smile as you rap your way through some crazy situations and say cheesy lines. Though the game’s mechanics are simple: hit the right buttons at the right time, the presentation is unique, and the gameplay is fun.
Just Dance 2020
Just Dance, a series of games made by Ubisoft, is a fun way to get fit and dance. It doesn’t matter if you move your Wii remote or move your body with the Kinect. Consider that the “Now That’s What I Call Music” games keep coming out, and it’s impossible to pick a single “best” from all of them.
Still, this 2020 version is a high point in the series, which shows that this well-known franchise still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The game has a wide range of songs, from Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” to Skrillex’s “Bangarang.” This is made even better by lively, vibrant backgrounds, better controls, new modes, and a lot of unlockables. It also happens to be the last Wii game ever made.
The Nintendo DS would seem to be a good machine for making rhythm-based games because it can read touch input. iNiS’ Elite Beat Agents were certainly on a mission to show that this is true, and they’ve done it.
A trio of well-dressed agents want you to dance so they can be happy. This is a ridiculous idea even for rhythm games, but it’s still fun to play. The player is told to tap, slide, and hold down with the stylus in a variety of ways, and the background is filled with funny cutscenes.
The flexibility of the touch screen adds an interesting twist to the game. This lets it break free from the more simple rhythm games.
ABBA: You Can Dance
ABBA: You Can Dance was made by the same team that made the popular Just Dance games. It looks a little like The Beatles: Rock Band. Players, of course, were not supposed to jam. Instead, they were supposed to dance to some of the best and most famous pop songs from the seventies and eighties.
All in all, the game has 25 songs by ABBA. They include hits like Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and Waterloo. Because the game can be played by four people at the same time, it is one of the most unique and feature-rich dance games ever made.
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Though the main Just Dance games usually have a wide range of songs and dance styles, they’re not great for people who want to specialise. Michael Jackson: The Experience is the first of three good spin-offs from Experience.
If you play the game, you’ll hear Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, and Thriller. The game’s soundtrack is very long, and it includes almost every song from the Prince of Pop. It would open the door to more specialised games, like ABBA: You Can Dance and a few Disney-themed dance games as well.