The Just Dance franchise has hit its ninth installment and we’re still reviewing them year after year. With selling over 60 million copies throughout its history and the reason for the success? Popular catalog of songs, an easy-to-understand interface, beautiful presentation and a few flashy additions. The innovation does not matter much, but provides enough to dazzle millions of users.
One of the aspects that attracts the most attention is the choreography. Amazing, colorful and they understand how to adapt to each musical theme. Over 40 new songs among which are Naughty Girl (Beyoncé), Blackmail (Shakira / Maluma), Side to Side (Ariana Grande / Nicki Minaj), Love Ward (Hatsune Miku), as well the Super Mario Bros. theme for Nintendo Switch.
It is undeniable that there is a variety of artists, although not so much of styles, beyond the appearance of songs like “Another One Bites The Dust” (Queen). In short, that assessing a list is not easy, although we should not forget Just Dance Unlimited, which returns with more than 300 songs for those who always want more. There are three months of free trial before moving to the payment format, as was the case in previous years.
Besides, I’ve noticed that motion detection is polished with each delivery. It is not perfect, but it is enough to have a good time in the company of friends, which is what it is all about. Another notable aspect is the improvement of the interface, more direct, simple and elegant. They are small things that help make the experience more and more satisfying. Just Dance 2018 integrates daily goals that gives the player coins to grab some unlockables. However, it is the new little thing we found. One of the most noticeable changes has to be the addition of Kids Mode, which is tailored for younger players. The songs are also curated to a greater degree because the normal mode features some tracks children probably shouldn’t be listening to. This is definitely a welcome addition. For this, we applaud the team.
Elements of other years are preserved as such in the game, such as creating playlists or counting the calories you burn with each song. Then there are things that change their name, but they are still there, as is the case of the remixes introduced in the previous edition. In a last link we have aspects such as more incentive to play, with a multitude of prizes among which we find collectibles and additional choreography.