EA Games Boogie
- Easy, accessible fun. Song list is varied and interesting.
- You can't sing and dance at the same time, there's no online play and the replay value is low.
If you can get past the whole 'casual game' stigma, Boogie will give you one of the best gaming experiences on the Wii yet. Anyone who enjoys games like SingStar and Guitar Hero is going to fall in love.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
Get out your dancing shoes and warm up your throat: Boogie for the Wii is finally here and it rocks!
After nearly a year I'm starting to learn my lesson when it comes to gaming on the Wii: don't play on hard wood floors wearing socks, it will not end well. Aside from a few slips and falls, Boogie is a fun experience that had me ready to join the pros at the Karaoke bar down the street.
Don't Rain On My Parade
Boogie is big on atmosphere and it plays out as the game's greatest strength and weakness. The cartoon visuals are fun without being too childish and the soundtrack for the game is composed of music from the 60's up to modern day. Every track got me up and dancing but the problem is the good times end there. I beat the story mode in a couple of hours and while I enjoyed every moment of it, I got squat for my efforts there were no unlocked characters, no fire works and no balloons, just a few crummy new outfits and some money that can be used to, wait for it, buy more outfits and unlock a handful of songs.
Thankfully, for the short time that Boogie lasts, the game is fun to play. Controlling your characters is fluid and accessible so you actually enjoy busting out the ridiculous dance moves that the game requires. But again, I ran into a problem: there just isn't much depth to the whole thing. You just swing your hand in time with the music and watch your character pull off silly dance moves. There is a simple combo system, and the ability to pull off special moves, but the challenge just isn't there.
To be fair, Boogie is obviously not meant to be an especially hard game and the simplistic gameplay means it will be more accessible but hardcore gamers may balk at the game's low difficultly.
Hang it on the Fridge
But as fun as the dancing portion is, it's the singing half of the game that really started to shine for me. I simply forget that my neighbors were probably plugging their ears from the ruckus and belted out the hits as loud as could. The mechanics of singing are as simple as the dancing it's so simple that you can basically speak the words and still pull off combos but I found myself enjoying the experience anyway, as did my Pug who sat and watched my performance intently.
After each song is over, you have the option to edit the footage and make it into a music video. The only shortcoming is that when you're finished, all you can do is suffer through your performance again. I love a good chuckle as much as the next guy, but there's only so many times I can listen to myself butcher "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" before I lose interest. Yes there are some neat effects and lenses to view your video through kaleidoscopes and floating hearts, for example but just I couldn't find a reason to waste my time making them. It would have been an interesting feature if you could upload the videos online and let people watch them but that option just doesn't exist here.
Despite, this, Boogie is a fun and accessible experience that almost anyone can get into. Like most games on the Wii, this title is best experienced with a room full of friends and it should be a hit with younger gamers especially.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Valve cleverly battles Steam cheaters with two-factor authentication
- Minecraft steps into virtual reality as Samsung Gear VR Edition appears in Oculus Store
- Corsair's K70 RGP Rapidfire features new gaming-focused Cherry MX switches
- EVE Valkyrie's new Carrier Assault mode will fulfill your Millennium Falcon dreams
- Doom co-creator John Romero teases new PC shooter
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTDatabase Administrator / ArchitectNSW
- CCContract Contract Junior Programmer (JUD-16493-4)Asia
- CCICT Project Manager - Contact Centre/Telephony FocusNSW
- FTMultiple opportunities for Front and Back end Web DevelopersVIC
- CCSenior Agile Business AnalystVIC
- FTSoftware (.Net) DeveloperACT
- CCInfra Project Manager-Data Center, Cloud, Storage, NetworkNSW
- CCAnalyst Programmer (JAVA/Windows Programming) 160428/AP/143Asia
- CCSenior Front End / UI Developer (React.js / LESS / SASS)NSW
- CCBusiness Analyst, Loyalty projectsNSW
- CCSystem AnalystNSW
- CCWebOps EngineerVIC
- FTJunior Inside Sales Rep | National systems integrator & MSP | $60-70K+NSW
- CCServiceNow / SACM ConsultantNSW
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTNV2 Defence Project Manager | Prince2 & PMBoK shop | Huge project pipelineACT
- CCData Management & Reporting Development OfficerSA
- FT.NET DeveloperWA
- CCTechnical WriterACT
- FTProduct OwnerNSW
- CCITIL Environment, Configuration, Release Manager- Banking/GovtNSW
- CCAnalyst Programmer (Lotus Notes/Networking) 160504/AP/781Asia
- CCMarketing Communications Specialist - Global IT CompanyNSW
- CCSiebel AnalystACT
- CCMS Biz Talk ConsultantNSW