Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 75
    The gameplay is on par with the "DDR" franchise, but the overall presentation and feeling of the game is not quite as exciting and fun to jump right into.
  2. However, if you're already a fan of Dance Dance Revolution and you're looking for some more steps and tracks for your PlayStation 2, In the Groove is a good addition to your hot-stepping library.
  3. The only problem is the steep difficulty curve; easy songs are too easy and the hard songs are too chaotic.
  4. It's a decent spin-off with some very interesting and unique features but the production values suffer, making it seem like a daytime show as compared to the slick, party atmosphere of primetime DDR.
  5. Hands and mines aside, In the Groove is much harder than DDR in so many ways. The steps are a whole lot harder, and the DDR song selection is taken from the hip-hop and Japanese pop genres, while ITG's music is from a newer selection of rock and trance tunes.
  6. In the Groove is loaded with original music, modes, and brilliant game design that is targeted toward the more advanced dancer.
  7. 60
    The huge array of options, jacked-up challenge level, and variations on otherwise familiar, tried-and-true gameplay help make this a worthy addition to the music game genre. Novice dancers, however, are still better served sticking with Konami’s offerings.
  8. Maybe In the Groove isn't a real dance revolution, but it takes some (gulp) steps in the right direction. [July 2005, p.112]
  9. Should please dance freaks looking for something a bit more serious than DDR.
  10. The interface is a bit clunky, and some of the tunes are better than others, but overall, this is an impressive, fun offering. [Aug 2005, p.85]
  11. Lovingly crafted by aficionados of the genre, but ultimately suffering from feature creeping and a desire to include all things presumably cool. However, in the end In The Groove lacks the professional polish to be anything but mediocre.
  12. 85
    The best dance game on the market today, despite its imperfections.
  13. The game does have some excellent variety, and it's got a wealthy amount of modes to keep you busy. Still, the product feels like a second-rate DDR wannabe instead of clearly marking out its own territory. At least it's still fun.
  14. They have successfully taken on the giants of the genre, and in all but one area (the lack of licensed music), In The Groove dances circles around the other console dancing games currently on the market.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 14, 2010
    I love In the Groove. I still play it frequently. It's way better than Dance Dance Revolution. The steps are more interesting and fun. And the music isn't the same recycled songs in another games *cough * DDR always recycles songs. Full Review »
  2. SuleimanM.
    Jan 4, 2008
    With my bro and my buddie, this game is truly flawless. it's become a tradition at the arcades for us. very challenging, unlike DDR, which is way too easy when you go pro. ITG is the dance game veteran now, and if you want an excellent game, as well as a very, VERY challenging experience, then by all means, pop those tokens in. Full Review »
  3. NickP.
    Mar 30, 2006
    In The Groove is a step up from Dance Dance Revolution. It has more modifiers including scripted modifiers that in turn create more difficult courses. The "expert" stepcharts are more difficult than DDR's "heavy" or "challenge." The difficulty ranges from 1 (novice only) to 13. The arrows are different than DDR's, though it works best for this game as it is easier to keep on beat with the color-coded arrows (red - 4th, blue - 8th, etc.). I would recommend this game to anyone, especially fans of the DDR series or any music-rhythm series. Full Review »