SJH - 8 months ago
Machine looks decent, screen and speakers are good enough. The arrow buttons aren't very sensitive. I get a ton of missed arrows, especially if I don't press right in the center of the button. The buttons light up on a successful hit, which is a nice effect. The three songs are "KEEP ON MOVIN'", "MAKE IT BETTER", and "PARANOiA", three longtime DDR standards. I like the songs, though it's odd that the machine features a "Dance Dance Revolution X" logo below the main logo, when these three songs are far older than DDR X. Another oddity: The instructions tell you how to hold freeze arrows, even though none of the three songs contain any freeze arrows. The game allows you to choose from the songs' Basic, Another, and Maniac step charts, though it actually uses their Beginner, Basic, and Another charts -- Maniac is missing, though you'd have a hard time scoring well on the Maniac charts, given the lack of responsiveness in the arrow buttons. The arrows are synced fairly well to the music on KEEP ON MOVIN' and PARANOiA, though the timing on MAKE IT BETTER is pretty late. For both of PARANOiA's harder charts, the arrows appear about a quarter note off, so the song ends before the arrows do. Additionally, the songs seem to have a standardized scroll speed. This is fine for the two slower songs, but on the fastest song, PARANOiA, this causes the arrows to appear very close together at times. Lastly, the machine erases your high scores every time you turn it off, so there isn't any incentive to come back and try to improve. Overall: Decent presentation, poor gameplay, and in need of more polish.