• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2009

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. 20
    Do not buy this game. Do not rent this game, do not look at this game on the shelf, don’t even think about this game lest someone at Ubisoft find out and they prep a Just Dance 2. Such would be the end of all things, mark my words.
  2. Poor motion controls and wafer-thin gameplay make Just Dance a mediocre entry into the rhythm game genre.
  3. Just Dance has all the right ideas, but all the wrong mechanics. Below average graphics and a flawed rating system were the difference in this game coming more dud than hit.
  4. Plenty of people would rather sit on the sofa, thanks, and play a proper videogame with guns, and good for them. But small girls, show-offs and people who are too drunk to care in the first place will have a great time with Just Dance.
  5. As a whole, Just Dance doesn't work out too well. The graphics may be very spartan and the sound may be fine, but the controls and the gameplay just don't cut it.
  6. I'd call it an accomplishment to play through the entire game without creatively strangling a bystander with a cable just for watching you go through the jumps of self-depreciation that Just Dance asks of you.
  7. After a decade of jumping on arrows, shaking maracas, and pointing out grooves onscreen, I think I am finally burned out on dance games. I had hopes that Just Dance might help revive my interest in the genre, but sadly it only made things worse. Just Dance just isn’t that great of a game, period.
  8. It's not up to the high standard set by other music games like SingStar and Guitar Hero, but it's good enough to please wannabe dancers.
  9. Granted, at the $40 price tag you'd probably be better off investing more money and grabbing DDR, Rock Band, or Guitar Hero for an experience that is going to last longer, and is ultimately more satisfying.
  10. The only merit of Just Dance is the response of a discrete track list qualitatively, but quantitatively too narrow. The chronic lack of extras and unlockable songs make Just Dance a game which the true dancers out there would do well to forget, to throw themselves on rhythm games made better and far more fulfilling.
  11. One of the worst gaming experience ever created. Track list is poor and the movement relevation is very imprecise.
  12. The first actual dancing game. The music selection is great, but the movement detection should be a little bit better. It's quite fun with friends, nonetheless. [June 2010]
  13. Just Dance is a really fun party game. But you should have some sense of rhythm. Playing with up to four players makes the game an awesome party experience.
  14. In a way, Just Dance is just like an up- and-coming dancer. It's very rough but shows promise, especially when played with friends.
  15. Just Dance is a facilitator, not a game. [Mar 2010, p.87]
  16. Technically flawed but undeniably fun with the right company (and probably several crates of beer). [Mar 2010, p.66]
  17. Goofy, fun and sometimes ridiculous, Just Dance is a great little game that stops short of being fantastic because of a lack of gameplay options and janky motion-sensing. It’s just not precise enough to appeal to a really competitive gamer, but then again, that’s not audience they’re going for.
  18. Just Dance can be a whole lot of fun for the right audience, and that audience is sure to love it despite its very basic nature. In any event, it's at least worth renting to laugh with (at) your friends.
  19. Just Dance is the sort of game that you should know if you’re going to hate it or not just from taking a moment to examine the box. If the thought of recreating Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue videos in your living room makes you want to bash your head into a wall, then you probably don’t need me to tell you that this game will drive you to act on that desire.
  20. Just Dance is really an awful game that should be avoided. If you like dancing and waving your arms around, there are a lot better ways to spend $40.
  21. 20
    Whichever way you look at it, Just Dance is one of the most cynical bandwagon jumping game we've seen in a long while.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. LuzM
    Jan 6, 2010
    I love Just Dance!! At first I thought the sensor was imprecise as well, but when you hold the wimote exactly as it tells you and accurately hit the right moves, it detects JUST FINE. Sure I'd like more tracks but I'm sure they had to pay a pretty penny for the popular songs. The figures are hilarious and I don't mind the simple graphics, if I want cool graphics I switch over to my PS3. As a dancer, it was easy to get into the rhythm and I got a real workout! You start sweating within minutes of the game. I can't wait for the next version, or an update with additional tracks. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2011
    I better set my self in going to the Disco with my friends and girlfriend rather than playing this. This is a reason why some software developers still don't understand to work with the WII games. In Fact the game doesn't even have a big music list , giving the option to throw it in the antique stuff . Also, the movement aren't readable , well, most of them, so is easy too cheat. Full Review »
  3. MarcusL
    Jan 24, 2010
    I'm going to cut to the chase here. Just Dance doesn't work. It's a disgrace to the Wii's casual gamer market, as it is a pitiful substitute to actually playing some albums, getting some friends round and ACTUALLY dancing, not looking like a tool. Sure, there are decent songs on the game, but frankly, for a game aimed at those that haven't picked up a gaming controller at all, or in a long time, it's just a joke. To quote an internet meme, Ubisoft, I am disappoint. Full Review »