Rhythm Party for XBOX 360
Rhythm party is one of those games that promises to revolutionize a genre that seems stuck in its ways, of course I’m referring to the dance games for Kinect, but falls very short of doing so. The idea of having an untethered experience in dance and being able to move to a “rhythm” where your dance moves are judged by how on beat you are and not whether you can pull off increasingly awkward dance moves is certainly appealing. Rhythm party, however, was very misleading about what it meant when it said that.
There is one very big pro and one very big con to this game and remarkably they are the same thing. While rhythm party doesn’t make you mimic dancers who are more agile and or more skilled than you, despite being on screen avatars, it does make you hit rings on the screen to even count you for points. So to those less…creative than myself, what happens for the first few games is you stand there, your legs planted perfectly on the ground, and move your hands around attempting to hit the bubbles in sync. You effectively end up doing a Y.M.C.A gesture, or at least the kind one would do if you were illiterate and/or winding down from your day job as an air traffic controller.
On the bright side, a game that promises the freedom of movement has definitely come through with that promise. It’s not that it has too much structure that is off-putting, it’s that it seem to have no structure. What starts out as a “why am I standing here hitting bubbles aimlessly?” turns into a sort of challenge on finding creative ways to hit said bubbles. This is where rhythm party starts to get interesting, for yourself and those watching you.
The more bubbles you hit, while being on beat mind you, the more multipliers you get and you start to notice the screen changing before your very eyes. Colors, splashes of excitement litter the screen almost egging you on and energizing you more. To say this game is anything short of a workout would be lying. Much like other dance games that came before it, Rhythm party is definitely all about keeping you moving. And while the song list may be a bit lacking for some people, there are definitely two or three songs on the play list that will keep you going no matter what age, race or gender you are.
The game, while fun, is still slightly disappointing only in that it doesn’t offer any structure for those interested in it. It feels like more of an arcade or “free roam” version of a popular dance game than an entire game on its own. Still, for what it is worth it is definitely an entertaining filler of time and waster of calories.
Overall Rating: 3/5