Dancing Games

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Dance Games - Our selection of some of the best dance games around

Just dance: now there's a philosophy that can split a crowd right down the middle. Whether you feel that dancing is any sort of solution to any problem (though mainly the problem of not dancing at any given moment) depends on just how good you are at it. People comfortable with their bodies invariably enjoy dancing more and are likely to throw some shapes when it comes down to a dance floor situation; insecure or people not well-versed in moving their body rhythmically in time to music tend to not be so keen on breaking into dance and song in the style of Singing In the Rain. Still, there's a kind of dancing that can get even the most socially and physically awkward person up out of their seat, though albeit a virtual seat since what we're talking about here is the bad-dancer's saviour: Dance Games. Though not the usual console-based dance games like Just Dance or Dance Central - we're talking about free-to-play, free-to-enjoy, and highly convenient browser-based dance games, and our pick of the very best of these are listed below.

 Jungle Jiggy

How simian are you? If evolution is to be believed - and the mountains of evidence attesting to said theory should leave absolutely no doubt in the thinking person's mind that it is most definitely to be believe - then the answer is very. The question of how urban you are is an entirely different matter however, and one which Jungle Jiggy hopes to get to the bottom of. As is hopefully made clear by the title, the game is all about throwing some shapes in the jungle, assuming the form of a very hip-looking monkey that just wants to do his best at dancing to look good in front of his crew and slap the judges in the face with his greatness.

For what is a game that takes place in a jungle setting, it has quite an urban feel to it: monkeys dressed like they were in a movie like Step Up 2: The Streets only with more talent and storyline than anything that said movie could ever claim to have. The gameplay should be pretty familiar for anyone that has experienced a dance game before. Simply wait for the directional arrow icons to move into the "sweet spot" indicator on the conveyor belt, at which point you should press the corresponding directional arrow on your keyboard. This is how you earn multiplier points, and pressing spacebar when told to do so allows you to make the rest of the arrows on screen evaporate, giving you a bit of time to breathe before the next set of moves comes down the belt.

Is this the best dance game ever? Not by a long shot, but its design is more professional and polished than I was expecting, there is a practice and competition mode to conquer, and the interface really isn't the worst to be seen out there. Jungle Jiggy is perfect for a casual five or ten minutes of rhythmical challenge, even if it isn't the best you can find on the internet.

Dance Studio Boogy Bash

Moving on to less gender-neutral games now with Dance Studio Boogy Bash. Unfortunately, even the mention of the word "boogy" sends a shudder of disgust down my spine, as should it down yours as well since the word should have been left behind in the 1970s: no one boogies anymore, or if they do, they have the courtesy not to call it that in public. Either way, this game is all about the feminine side of dancing, featuring amongst many other female-oriented games on GirlsGoGames.com.

The premise is not your average dance game one, with the format being a little more like the well-known memory game Simon, albeit in a more girl-friendly and dance-themed package. Oddly enough, this is probably one of the few dance games you will experience that doesn't feature any music, and is instead focused solely on replicating the moves of your dance instructor by clicking on the four buttons in the middle of the screen, all in the correct order. You don't even use any keyboard keys, just your mouse to click the buttons: down for a low move, up for a jump, and left/right for a boogie (I shuddered just typing it) in the respective directions. There's not much more to this game than attempting to remember the order of the moves. It's a bubblegum dance game: easy, simple to play, but not really much flavour or substance when you try and play it for more than five minutes or are a male looking for something a bit less, well, pink.

Dance Floor Friends

Though Dance Floor Friends isn't any more masculine or particularly more well-designed in any way than Dance Studio Boogy Bash, it has somewhat of a more inventive and original interface that you aren't likely to have come across before. The aim is of course to dance along to the music, but instead of the usual rhythm-game highway or keyboard keys appearing on screen, the control is entirely mouse-based. An heart icon dons the centre of the screen and can be moved 360 degrees around its own central axis; the idea is to make sure the heart is pointed in the right direction (it has a directional cone to indicate which direction is the right one) for the musical staves entering from various points on the screen. When each note is in the heart you must left-click the mouse, or long-click and release for the notes that are joined up with rainbows.

Again, this is quite a girl-oriented game and very simple, though it seems to have more levels than Boogy Bash as well as having a much more original input mechanism

Dance Pump-It-Up

Nothing is more pleasing than when a game has correct use of punctuation in its title, apart from when this game actually has substance behind it. Though it is just a dance game and a very girly one at that, Dance Pump-It-Up has perhaps the most familiar interface of all: pressing the corresponding directional arrow keys when they appear in their own silhouettes on the screen. This is classic rhythm-game interface presentation, and it works really well. There are a few songs to choose from as well, though the game's downfall is in the loading times: you can wait many minutes for a song to load, regardless of internet connection speed.

Break In The Crowd

The funky break beat that goes with the introductory scenes is a somewhat promising sign of this game's potential energy and vibrancy, though one will notice that the design isn't particularly professional or highly polished. My heart sunk when realising that in the instructions "skills" had been spelt with a Z, making it "skillz" and made me almost click away from utter repulsion to the way the world is today.

Thankfully, the game redeems itself with a very original interface that consists of using the number pad to input dance move pattern shapes that correspond to particular numbers. Moves are unlocked when you earn enough points to do so, and are executed in time by pressing the spacebar and paying attention to the circular dial on the right of the screen. Unfortunately  this game does get a bit repetitive, even with a drum and bass-speed beat playing throughout and even after you do manage to Break In the Crowd.