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  • Summary: While other dance games arbitrarily assign positions to a dancer's feet, Pump It Up features choreographed steps for each song and a five button mat that lets the step designers reward players for not just where they put their feet, but how the feet got there. The game features over 80While other dance games arbitrarily assign positions to a dancer's feet, Pump It Up features choreographed steps for each song and a five button mat that lets the step designers reward players for not just where they put their feet, but how the feet got there. The game features over 80 songs, including new music for the console version from cutting edge artists such as Grammy nominees Crystal Method and Steriogram, as well as Elvis vs. Junkie XL;, Earth, Wind and Fire; and Sugarhill Gang. Music familiar to fans of the arcade includes top K-POP acts like Sechs Kies, Honey Family, Clon and Novasonic, and songs like Beethoven Virus and Pump Me Amadeus by BanYa, the Pump It Up original band. [Mastiff] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. While there are some interface concerns that all versions of this game seem to suffer from, on the whole it's pretty darned awesome.
  2. Beginners will likely find themselves overwhelmed with the game’s complicated steps and unforgiving mechanics, even on the easiest settings. Dancing game veterans, on the other hand will relish the challenge and find the huge list of songs refreshing.
  3. The key is that weird dancing mat. It enables the choreographers to more precisely guide your path from arrow to another - it's about movement arcs, not connect the dots. [Oct 2005, p.88]
  4. The formula remains the same as other rhythm games, but it’s enough of a new twist if you’re looking to break away from DDR for a while and try something with a slightly different and successful approach to the genre.
  5. 72
    With the variety in the huge song selection there's a lot of dancing to love here. It's still just a shame that the presentation and design of everything around the dancing still needs some work.
  6. The lack of unique modes is disappointing, as is the lack of focus on newbies.. Hardcore “dancers” will be in heaven, but everyone else will find themselves left in the dust.
  7. 43
    They claim actual dance moves (or at least dance footwork) can be learned from the game, and that the game is much more accessible from a dancing background. Here's the huge problem with this claim - Pump It Up does absolutely nothing innovative with its step patterns at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BillyBob
    Jun 5, 2005
    10
    This game is off the hook. The best dancing game ever.
  2. Jerry
    Jul 27, 2005
    10
    I played the pump it up arcade game and it was the most addictive game I have ever played. I'm not much on arcade games, but when I I played the pump it up arcade game and it was the most addictive game I have ever played. I'm not much on arcade games, but when I played this one I spent over 20 dollars on it in 3 days. I love it. It is fun and easy to play. In just about an hour I was ready to play Beethoven's Virus, a level five song (five equals hard). Trust me it is an awesome game that I think everyone, gamers and non gamers alike, would love to play. Expand
  3. ReneH.
    Aug 20, 2005
    10
    Very very good.