If you’re in the sliver-thin demographic of people who enjoy dance music and aren’t completely burnt out on rhythm/music games, then you’ll love Skelanimals Dance Party. If you’re like most people, however, and your thirst for the genre was sated a year ago, then you’ll probably be too busy groaning to care.
Unlike the heavy hitters in the genre– Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and the ever-popular Justin Bieber Revenge– notes don’t scroll down the screen in Skelanimals Dance Party. Instead, a vertical line moves across the screen as the song plays, and you have to tap the beat buttons as the line goes over them.
Dance magic dance.
The screen is split horizontally, and the beat line travels from left to right across the top half of the screen, and then back across the bottom half, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the beats to come. The game has you interact with the beats by tapping or holding them down, depending on what’s happening in the music. It’s all very standard for a music/rhythm game. The highlight of the game is that there’s always an adorable skelanimal dancing to the song in the middle of the screen.
Ten songs songs come with the game, all of which will make you tap your foot, nod your head, or moonwalk across the room, if that’s how you express yourself. There’s no in-game music store, so what you see is what you get. You can play under normal or expert difficulties, or, if you just want to trance out, there’s Party Mode that makes it impossible to fail.
Despite all this game does right, we just don’t have it in us anymore to get excited about a music/rhythm game that doesn’t bring something drastically different to the table. Anyone with an interest in the genre has already played many games that are very, very similar to this one. But if you want to add another music/rhythm game to your library, or you have dancing in your soul, Skelanimals Dance Party will satisfy.