• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2010
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Jan 4, 2011
    85
    Anyone can jump in and enjoy DanceMasters instantly, but those looking to truly master the game will find a long, rewarding process ahead of them.
  2. 85
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    85
    With some killer moves, excellent Kinect tracking, some decent dance tracks and whole lot of attitude; Konami's dance game offers accessible and encouraging entertainment for solo or a group of players. The only real let downs are a lack of recognisable tunes and no learning mode.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    A great dancing game, a very direct and frantic arcade which will entertain us since the very beginning, without having to learn complicated choreographies.
  5. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    For now, Dance Evolution takes advantage of the Kinect and if you're looking for a fun game and like dancing, well my backing dancers... you've come to the right place!
  6. Jan 4, 2011
    77
    Compared to its closest competitor, DanceMasters may suffer from a few questionable and incomplete gameplay mechanics but remains fun, challenging and appealing enough to warrant a purchase. Needless to say, those who preach for the DanceDanceRevolution church will get immense joy out of it.
  7. Dec 15, 2010
    75
    If you like the music, DanceMasters is a great companion game to Dance Central.
  8. Mar 8, 2011
    70
    A great arcade dancing game, fun to play, but hard to master! Only for the DDR series fan.
  9. 70
    This is actually an evolution, in that Evolution involves random mutations that aren't always beneficial.
  10. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    DanceMasters is not a terrible game, just one that has been overshadowed by its competition.
  11. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    Dance Evolution is a nice game with a "too-much-japanese" track list that could be a big problem for casual players. Despite this problem, Dance Evolution is quite entertaining, due to a design able to mix up the hardcore Dance Dance Revolution experience with new, interesting mechanics.
  12. Dec 15, 2010
    70
    DanceMasters is a fun and lighthearted alternative to Dance Central that can be as challenging as you want to make it.
  13. Dec 20, 2010
    68
    The tracking is okay, but the track list has been chosen with a lot of courage. Players with a liking for dancing should get Dance Central, but if you're into the reflex-focused gaming like DDR, try Dance Evolution.
  14. Dec 21, 2010
    65
    Overall, Dance Evolution is a great attempt at using the Kinect technology to create a rhythm-action game.
  15. Dec 20, 2010
    65
    I would recommend Dance Central over DanceMasters any day of the week, though there is a certain charm to DanceMasters that will appeal to the folks that frequented DDR-friendly arcades back in the day.
  16. Dec 20, 2010
    63
    As far as Kinect dancing games go, Dance Central is still the better ticket, but if Dance Masters' distinct Japanese feel and set list move you, it may be worth a look.
  17. Jan 28, 2011
    60
    A mediocre dance game that doesn't really gets us moving.
  18. 60
    The actual dancing experience is closer to the real deal than Dance Central, but whether you'll actually bother getting into the game is a different matter. The song selection is limited and mainly contains j-pop and eurobeats, and with the overall presentation being highly focused on Japanese pop culture, Dance Evolution ends up feeling just a little too foreign.
  19. Dec 27, 2010
    60
    Dance Evolution is not a bad game, but if you only want a single dancing Kinect title, forget this one immediately and buy Dance Central.
  20. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    But this game is also clunky, burdened with terrible songs and much too weird for most people. It's a quirky alternative to Dance Central, but not a competitor.
  21. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    There's going to be a certain group of fans who absolutely love (lovelovelovelovelove) DanceMasters – it does a great job of translating the spirit of DDR to the Kinect interface.
  22. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Though the novel camera feature fuels some goofy fun, DanceMasters only holds lasting appeal for dedicated dance fiends.
  23. Dec 15, 2010
    60
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  24. Dec 20, 2010
    50
    The faults are a shame because the basic gameplay works perfectly well and if the technical issues can be ironed out, and the musical horizons broadened, a follow-up could be the real evolution needed.
  25. Dec 15, 2010
    50
    Dance Evolution is not necessarily a bad game – at the very least it's functional and as a progression for the Dance Dance Revolution series it's certainly heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, in light of quality offer by its main competitor – namely Dance Central – Dance Evolution's attempts come off as somewhat shallow in comparison and unless you have a particular yearning for the style of music and dance routines featured, Harmonix's take on motion-dancing is a far safer bet.
  26. Dec 15, 2010
    50
    If you're not the type to shy away from enthusiastic Wii games, or loved any previous DDR games, then it's worth giving a shot.
  27. Who needs more than one Kinect dance game? Answer: not us, and not you. [Jan 2011]
  28. Jan 18, 2011
    40
    Dance Evolution is pretty much the anti-Dance Central : a game thought for advanced dancers, with on one hand a playlist aimed to those who are accustomed to the franchise, and on the other hand many issues that make it more frustrating than fun.
  29. Jan 11, 2011
    40
    It's basically DDR, but using the Kinect motion controller. Sadly, it's overshadowed by the much more charismatic and dance friendly game, Dance Central.
  30. Jan 2, 2011
    30
    A game only DDR fans can appreciate; for the rest of us there's Dance Central.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 16, 2010
    9
    This is the best dancing game for the Kinect as far as I am concerned. Dance Masters, the true sequel to Dance Dance Revolution. The game is very easy to jump in and play, starting with the easy difficulty you basically just match some of the poses, as you do this keep an eye on the main dancer because eventually you will have to mimic most of their moves. I found the extreme mode to be the most fun mode in the game, it is so fun trying to follow all the moves the onscreen character does.

    The Music in the game is what you would expect from a Dance Dance Revolution game, so if you like the music there, you will like the music here as well.

    I feel the graphics and animation is top notch, some of the best animated dancing in a video game I have ever seen.

    There is also a tutorial that will teach you the basics of the game.

    I give this game a 9 out of 10 for being the best dancing game I have ever played.
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  2. Jul 8, 2012
    3
    This game has moves that are too difficult for people who don't have a dancing background. My daughters have a very difficult time keeping up with the changes. It obviously wasn't meant as a family fun game. Just Dance 3 works well for children because the moves aren't as complex. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    9
    I know Dance Central is much more appealing to the mass audience due to its much bigger and more familiar library of songs on top of being much easier to jump into BUT those looking for a work out and a more legit dancing game would find DanceMasters to be a better fit. Sure on the easier difficulties you can cheat on the moves and don't technically have to dance, but even going to standard (and obviously Extreme, Stealth and Master) requires you to do the dance. The visuals are great and I like out the markers add some flare to the game you're playing. Now let's get to the meat, the dancing. I'm a dancer and comparing both DanceMasters and Dance Central's choreo, I highly prefer DanceMasters, one reason being the the hardest routine I learned on Dance Central was not that challenging for me, while I've yet to master the most difficult routine on DanceMasters. The routines are much more realistic (these are dances you'd most likely see in music videos and such) and for the most part the music is great and very catchy. There are some odd balls (like this one very slow R&B) but the variety of music and styles make this a much better dancing game than most people give it credit for. I await the sequel. Full Review »