Boogie Wii

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 37
  2. Negative: 9 out of 37
  1. 45
    Boogie has style, but it unfortunately doesn't have substance. Too bad because this game had the potential to reinvent rhythm titles, but that potential has fallen well short of the mark.
  2. Boogie's gameplay mix of singing and dancing is an interesting idea, but it's poorly executed.
  3. It’s fun for a short season, but it won’t hold anyone’s attention for long.
  4. Leave your stuffy music and game sensibilities at the door – Boogie has a more plebeian appeal.
  5. An absolute joy to play. Though it certainly does its job as a party game and will definitely help liven up your next get-together, it is equally enjoyable when played by itself. Its unique mash up of dancing and karaoke make it an irresistible choice for audiophiles and rhythm-lovers everywhere!
  6. 60
    The biggest problem is the lack of difficulty and subsequent lack of replayability, but while it lasts Boogie offers a pleasant distraction from the usual crop of rhythm and action games on the market.
  7. If you're very young and easily entertained, Boogie might keep you occupied for a bit. But if you're looking for a game you can enjoy playing with kids or with friends after the pub, this isn't it. Not even after a bucket of Cheeky Vimto.
  8. 80
    Pros: Easy, accessible fun. Song list is varied and interesting. Cons: You can't sing and dance at the same time, there's no online play and the replay value is low.
  9. Strangely enough, Boogie works well on that extremely low level, EA has nailed the humor and charm with this musical cartoon. The actual game sucks if you’re expecting anything beyond a colorful puppet show.
  10. Games Master UK
    55
    If this is a trial run for "Boogie 2," we just hope it works better next time. [Nov 2007, p.84]
  11. 30
    The fact that this game is fun for exactly 20 minutes, and only in a group of two or more, should keep you from buying this game. In the end, Boogie is light on dancing, light on karaoke -- a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none moment of fluff.
  12. As with most Wii games, it really glistens with more than one player. If you're willing to commit to Boogie, mind, body and sooooul, it's a goddamned blast, channeling the same enthusiastic participation we all had last year when firing up Wii Sports first time. But then it's all over too quickly, and too easily.
  13. Some gamers might like the mish-mash controls and poor karaoke recognition – I would wait for a sequel before dropping any cash on Boogie.
  14. Boogie works best as a party game, if you really get into it, but with a $60 price tag, there's just not enough for me to recommend this song and dance number.
  15. 20
    I think Boogie is a horrible game. It’s so bad; I’m nearly offended that I even had to play it. Sure it’s aimed squarely at the casual market, but casual gamers aren’t necessarily stupid gamers.
  16. It’s a shame that Boogie’s gameplay falls so flat because there’s a tremendous amount of potential here.
  17. Boogie is the type of game that would make a good rental for an evening when you’re entertaining some guests who aren’t gamers.
  18. Much like any good party, Boogie ends much too soon while the fun’s still going on.
  19. Nintendo Power
    55
    Sometime during the development of EA's Boogie, it should have occured to someone that there needs to be a lot more to getting your groove on than swinging the Wii remote rhythmically in any direction. [Oct 2007, p.88]
  20. Boogie should be a lesson learned for EA's Casual Entertainment division. Simplifying the controls of a game for new players is a good idea, but the gameplay shouldn't be simplified with them.
  21. The concept of a game that joins dancing and karaoke sounds intriguing on paper, and if Boogie had managed to capitalize on its strange mix of gameplay ideas it might have been pretty enjoyable in practice.
  22. 50
    Boogie is a nice looking package, but the gameplay simply doesn't stack up to the competition. Very stylish, but way too simplistic to be taken seriously.
  23. Boogie could be fun, but it’s kind of like playing with a younger sibling. They’re not going to offer you a real challenge, and it’s going to be kind of embarrassing.
  24. Boogie deserves to be a much better game. The excellent presentation hides a restrictive and basic control system that destroys any fun that might have been had while playing it.
  25. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    81
    Boogie is certainly not without its flaws but as a karaoke/rhythm-action game designed to keep a crowd of people genuinely entertained it does the job perfectly. [Sept 2007, p.66]
  26. Boogie has its moments, but the game lacks fluidity, the karaoke lacks cool tracks and the rhythm sometimes just lacks, full stop. [Oct 2007, p.62]
  27. Like SSX Blur, Boogie is another audio-visual feast with flawed gameplay.
  28. Boogie is a game that had a lot of potential which was ultimately not realized. If it gets a second shot and EA listens to the complaints, expect big things. As for this one? Only play it with friends.
  29. 70
    Either going crazy on your own and capturing the results on video or playing around with your friends, Boogie proves to be a surprisingly sturdy effort that will be accepted well by the masses.
  30. 65
    Boogie suffers from repetitive gameplay.
  31. EA has created a great world and a solid launching pad for the franchise, but ultimately the dance portion—which is heavily emphasized—is far too easy even if people get really into it.
  32. 61
    The separate elements of the game each work well in their own right, although we were left wondering if they would ever come together to make sense of the game as a whole.
  33. This is a great little game that is aimed squarely at the party and casual gamer.
  34. There's fun in there for players with the patience and creativity to find it.
  35. The controls are sketchy and I can't understand why humming with lips press against the microphone earns a better score than actually trying to sing.
  36. 60
    Do yourself a favor, save the $60 and rent this one instead.
  37. Although Boogie disappoints on a few levels, it does offer solace for those seeking more original games for Wii. Boogie shows us that developers are making an effort to look past traditional gameplay and imagine new designs for console gaming fun.

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  1. TeeS.
    Dec 17, 2007
    0
    Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish. There's just no point to this game in any way, shape or form.
  2. mbmonst
    Sep 11, 2007
    9
    Great party game for all your friends and family, not for the hardcore gamer, but thats not what the wii is about. The singing/dancing combo Great party game for all your friends and family, not for the hardcore gamer, but thats not what the wii is about. The singing/dancing combo is a fantastic combination. Track List is great for all ages. even my nan got up and had a go!!! All in all a party game which to us is what the wii console is about. Full Review »
  3. JosephE.
    Sep 4, 2007
    6
    Only get this game if you can't wait for a real Karaoke game. The game graphics are cute, but the replay value on this game is Only get this game if you can't wait for a real Karaoke game. The game graphics are cute, but the replay value on this game is astronomically low. Maybe Karaoke Revolution tainted me, but I just couldn't get into the Karaoke controls on Boogie. It didn't seem as responsive, and the timing was harder to pick up since the text shows a whole frame before your music. And you can't seem to easily track the text and the music keys at the same time. Full Review »