Game Description: Meet the Boogs. Get ready to join in and sing-in with some of the latest and greatest hits in this unique game with built-in karaoke functions. Fun mini-games, co-op gameplay, head-to-head dance battles and karaoke party make Boogie the perfect party game and a complete entertainment package for gamers of all ages. Players dance, sing and create music videos with this ultimate videogame party package that takes advantage of the innovative Wii controls getting gamers off their couch and playing to a new beat. Not only will gamers be belting out their favorite tunes or dancing to the latest hit songs, players will catch their best dance moves, record their own voice and make music videos with the easy-to-use music video creator.
After years of playing second fiddle, music-based gaming finally reached the forefront with the release of 2005’s Guitar Hero, a game that expertly mixed accessible controls with high-quality licensed rock music (as opposed to the forgettable techno/electronic tunes of Dance Dance Revolution and its ilk). Now comes Boogie, a game that combines well-known licensed dance hits and hip-hop music—from The Jackson Five to Britney Spears—with onscreen dancing and karaoke gameplay. The result is a strange and misguided attempt to do for singing and dancing what Guitar Hero did for guitar playing.
In Boogie, players pick from one of five distinct characters and make them dance to the tune of roughly 40 different pop/dance tracks. Dancing is achieved by swinging the Wii remote in time with the music, an action that feels akin to waving a maraca or banging an imaginary drum. Players also have the option of singing each track karaoke-style using the included USB microphone. Add to that the ability to compete with friends in multiplayer mode and it might seem that Boogie has the makings of an outstanding party game. Sadly, these ideas ultimately fall far short in their execution.
Though entertaining at first, the dancing quickly grows frustrating once it becomes evident that the game doesn’t consistently recognize the controller movement. Earning a high score requires the player to flick the remote either up/down or left/right in specific sequences; however, since the game often fails to immediately detect these changes in direction, dance combos can get broken through no fault of the player. To make things worse, the game’s choice of where the beat falls on some of the songs feels off. It’s tough to have fun when the player and the game disagree on where the beat is.
Disclaimer: This game is based on the Wii version of the game.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Lyrics, Suggestive Themes
Parents can rest assured that none of the songs contain any explicit lyrics. As with most pop/dance music, the words can be a tad suggestive at times. However, there's nothing particularly offensive here, unless of course one is easily offended by mediocre dance music.
Fans of karaoke and rhythm/dancing games will probably be disappointed by the game's loose controls, imprecise audio syncing, and shoddy microphone. Players seeking a karaoke or rhythm game fix would do well to look elsewhere.
Carpal tunnel sufferers should know that the repetitive controller swinging that is required for this game can cause significant wrist soreness.
HDTV owners will appreciate the presence of both 16:9 widescreen and 480p progressive scan, the latter of which only works with Wii component cables.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers could theoretically play the dance sections by following the onscreen beat indicator. The karaoke, however, requires the player to sing the correct pitch and therefore would be almost impossible for this group of gamers to play.