Dec 152011

When I was a child I once entered a colouring in competition and won a Nintendo Gameboy, the dream of every child at the time. Game consoles were on every child’s wishlist back then and I remember very clearly the excitement when I (and my three siblings) finally got the Super Nintendo we had been asking for for a long time. With two controllers we often had to wait for our turn but we didn’t care, we thought game playing couldn’t get any better. Things have changed a bit since then and these days adults can have just as much fun with game consoles as children. I am not talking about car racing, soccer or fighting (maybe relaxing to some but not my cup of tea), I am hinting at the new Wii game ABBA: You Can Dance.

Big name game developer Ubisoft (well known from the Just Dance series) has just released the new title ABBA: You Can Dance, combining the big ABBA hits from the 70’s with the newest Just Dance technology. If you thought you were too old for playing computer games think twice. Instead of just singing along to the famous ABBA tunes from the olden days, get on your feet and show off your dance moves like only a real dancing queen can. It is not only fun but also a great way to add some exercise to your day (something many adults could really use).

As you probably know Wii games are played by simply holding a Wii remote (no endless pressing buttons like with old school controllers) and the same goes for ABBA: You Can Dance. Playing is as easy as copying the dance moves you see on your tv screen whilst holding your Wii remote in your hand. The remote will register how well (or maybe not so well) you are doing the actions so you can see on the screen if you really are as good a dancer as you think.

ABBA: You Can Dance can be played by up to four players at a time so it is a great activity for a family or small group of friends, in the end everyone loves ABBA so it will be a hit with people of all ages. With over 25 songs including Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Dancing Queen and three game modes there is plenty to be discovered. Dance to your favourite track in the Dance mode, sing along Karaoke style (while you dance or in the special Karaoke mode) or, my favourite, play a role in an ABBA mini-musical in the Musical mode. In this last mode you get to act out a short story by singing and dancing, great fun when working with multiple ‘actors’!

Nice to know: it is not important how good your dance moves are and what your scores are, as long as you are having fun. In saying that, I am also not game enough to upload a video review of me and the hubby dancing in our living room so you’ll have to do with the above screenshots and this awesome trailer. We had a fabulous time dancing to ABBA and really got into it straight away! The real ABBA fans will enjoy exploring the extra’s, featuring interesting facts about ABBA and the band members as well as lyrics to all the songs used in the game.

To find out more about ABBA: You Can Dance by Ubisoft (RRP $69.95), to watch scenes from the game and to order online visit the dedicated ABBA/Ubisoft website. The game is now available at gaming retailers all over Australia.

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