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Disney High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance

Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance is an inexpensive game for the PlayStation2 that lets you experience the energy, the fun, and the music from all three “High School Musical” movies.  You get to dance to the beat of over 30 “High School Musical” songs, explore movie locations, and play alongside familiar characters.  You can dance as Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor or you can customize

Disney High School Musical 3 Senior Year Dance Screen Shotyour own Wildcat character, using a variety of outfits, shoes and hairstyles.

your own Wildcat character, using a variety of outfits, shoes and hairstyles.

The game features various multiplayer modes, including competitive and cooperative play. In competitive mode, you can earn power-ups that can affect other players’ performances, while in cooperative mode you and another player dance simultaneously and in sync to earn high scores. Fans can also follow along to choreography from the stars, and complete songs to earn points and unlock new songs, clothing and characters.

The gameplay is very different from DDR. Instead of arrows progressing from bottom to top, the step ‘bubbles’ originate in the center of the screen move in the direction you are supposed to step. This seems much easier for younger kids to follow rather than the arrows scrolling up from the bottom in DDR games.

The two-player mode is great because you can ‘stop’ the other person’s steps when you build up enough energy. This makes it much more competitive than the DDR games where the only competition is your score at the end.

It’s definitely the most fun on the hardest difficulty because there is more dancing and movement involved, but that mode doesn’t get unlocked until after you beat the entire game on the easier level.

It’s super easy to get started with an easy-to-navigate menu and players can jump right into gameplay without the tutorial. This game is a great alternative to DDR for younger children or audiences intimidated by using DDR games. It combines dancing, high school musical songs, and unlike DDR, the game does not criticize a player’s performance. Overall, it’s a great game for the inexpensive PlayStation2. I would highly recommend getting this game as a way to increase physical activity for children ages 4-8.

This game is rated “E” for everyone.

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