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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dance Central 3 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
Play involves following on-screen characters' movements by dancing. You are prompted ahead of each move with flashcards. Each move is assessed for execution and if consecutive perfect moves are pulled off the arena changes and you gain more points. At the end of the routine you can earn up to 5 stars that are used to unlock other content.
The game is enjoyable because of its focus on proper dancing and a high bar for execution. But this isn't all about serious moves and endless practice, each song has a freestyle section where you dance however you want (and the game takes photos of you). There are also extensive fitness, practice and battle modes to extend the fun. You can check out your dance statistics to see how you are progressing. This includes the amount of time spent of the game to number of calories burned.
There are the following games in the series:
- Dance Central (2010) on Xbox 360 Kinect
- Dance Central 2 (2011) on Xbox 360 Kinect
- Dance Central 3 (2012) on Xbox 360 Kinect
- Dance Central Spotlight (2014) on Xbox One Kinect
- Dance Central VR (2019) on Oculus Rift, Quest and Rift S using the headset and Oculus Touch controllers.
Dance Central 3 added the Throwdown mode where 2-8 players go head to head against each other, two at a time.
In Dance Central VR you can join public or private lounges for up to 4 players.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Additional music downloads and/or Streams not consider in the ratings.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
Dance Central 3
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- You need a subscription to play online:
The early games in the series game with all the songs you could play. Later in the series you could purchase new songs as downloadable songs.
The final release, Dance Central Spotlight had the previous songs ported to it and could be purchased. If you previously purchased songs on older versions of Dance Central, you can re-downloaded on Spotlight at no extra charge.
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