If ever there was a game that's a blatant cash-in on a successful franchise, Dance on Broadway is it. With just a single game mode, no way to download new songs, and low-rent visuals, its content is even sparser than that of its progenitor Just Dance. And with its boring choreography and difficult-to-follow dance instructions, it manages to be a lot less fun too. That's not to mention the complete lack of rewards for your performances or the erratic motion controls, which fail to consistently register your movements. While the quality of the show tunes on offer is of a high standard, the game's many flaws don't allow them to shine, making for a dull and often frustrating experience.
6270118Sadly, it's not just the song that's full of horrors.
There is a single game mode available in Dance on Broadway, which is the equivalent of the Quickplay mode in other rhythm games. You pick a song from a selection of 20 Broadway hits--which are all unlocked from the start--hold the Wii Remote in your right hand, and then dance along with the onscreen dancers. Up to four players can dance at once, each competing for points, which are awarded based on movements tracked by the Wii Remote. Each move is scored as bad, OK, or great, and at the end of each song, you're given an overall score and can see how it compares to the scores of your friends. If you're bad, you don't have to worry about failing; you just carry on with a low score.
Rather than having all players follow a single dancer, players have to keep track of four dancers. Each of them is colour coded and corresponds to matching dance commands that scroll along the bottom of the screen. These are intended to help you anticipate what moves are coming up and highlight which character is about to perform them. However, they're more confusing than helpful because of their vague instructions, which often don't match up with what your character is doing. It's much easier to simply follow the dancer, though this, too, is not without its problems. Unlike the stylised video footage used for routines in Just Dance, Dance on Broadway uses 3D animated models. This means the routines take on a slightly robotic look, making them stiff and less fun to play along with--even with friends. This is exacerbated by the boring choreography, which lacks the outlandish and often embarrassing moves that made Just Dance fun.
The blocky dancers are often difficult to follow.