Dance Central

Star in Your Own TV Dance Show Without Fear of Being Judged

What It Is

Have you ever wished that you could experience all the fun of going to a club without worrying about looking like a fool on the dance floor? Your wish has been answered because the people that allowed you to live out your rock-star dreams without leaving your media room are back with their follow-up to the Rock Band franchise - Dance Central!

Dance Central is a video-game that requires players to get up and dance to the beat by hitting full body poses and moves at specific times. The game features tracks from some of the hottest artists of today and years past including Lady Gaga, No Doubt, M.I.A., Bell Biv DeVoe and Salt-N-Pepa among others.

Why It’s Fun

Unlike other dance games that come with some sort of device that you have to hold or stand on, Dance Central doesn’t require anything other than your body—there are no game controllers, sensor pads or dance mats. Instead, Dance Central is one of the first games that utilizes the new Kinect Sensor for Xbox. Kinect turns your entire body into a game controller through a full-body tracking camera system. Using Kinect with Dance Central means that you are really dancing and the game is following your every move and scoring you on how well you perform.

Who’s Going To Love It

Don’t let Dance Central’s Teen rating scare you into thinking this is a raunchy game. The rating is required because of the occasional song lyric that might not be something you would want a five year old singing. Fortunately, this is a game that adults and kids will want to play together so adults can make sure that the songs being played are appropriate for everyone in the room.

What To Be Aware Of

Dance Central is available exclusively for Kinect for Xbox 360. That means you have to own both an Xbox 360 and the new Kinect system to play it. Kinect will cost you about $150.


Extremely high. The game disc comes with just over 30 songs from a wide variety of genres including Pop, Hip-Hop and Funk so there is bound to be a favorite song for everyone. In addition to the songs that come on the disc, additional songs can be downloaded for the game.

Fun Scale

5 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Dance Central
Publisher: MTV Games
Rated: Teen

System: Kinect for Xbox
Genre: Music/Dance
Players: 1 - 4

SRP: $49.99
Release Date: November 4, 2010
Date of Review: November 17, 2010

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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