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Using your device’s front-facing camera, Go Dance turns your iPhone or iPad into a motion-capturing sensor, providing you with a dance game experience like you’d normally find on home consoles. While the game looks and plays like the popular Just Dance titles, it only comes with two songs and lacks distinct features to choose from. Go Dance may not be very robust, but its simple controls and cheap price tag make it easy for any iOS device owner to get up and groove.
Go Dance is as much a casual experience as it is a competitive dance game that challenges you to dance as accurately as possible in front of the camera. Once you choose from either LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” or Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” you'll need to follow along with the moves you see on-screen. Each song has its own unique choreography, but the majority of these motions are easy to mimic and aren’t difficult to pull off, even if you don’t consider yourself a good dancer. Only the top part of your body is captured by your device’s camera, so while most choreography involves moving your legs and feet, you don’t need to exert yourself too much if you don’t want to. You do need to calibrate your camera before each song or after every interruption, however, but it’s impressive how accurately your moves are captured thereafter.
Following each performance, you're awarded with a grade, as well as some in-game currency that lets you purchase additional props and stages for your avatar. These are merely aesthetic changes, but they give you some customization options and reward you for playing.
Aside from two songs and a single-player mode, however, Go Dance doesn’t offer much else. There's a "multiplayer" mode, but it only lets you challenge a friend’s previously set score, plus it requires you to purchase battle tickets to play. The additional songs offered for $0.99 apiece within – "Levels" by Avicii and "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida – actually feature better choreography than the built-in tracks, so they’re worth buying if you don’t mind spending a little extra cash. It’s a shame that there’s no calorie tracker or any fitness-oriented features, though, as these songs can definitely make you sweat.
The bottom line. Go Dance is a simple and enjoyable iOS dance game, though its lack of robust features and very thin soundtrack limit its fun.
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Impressive motion-capture controls. Colorful presentation. Simple but fun choreography.
Only two songs to choose from unless you pay for more (even then, only two more to purchase). No fitness-tracking features. Camera requires calibration before every song.