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Take a chance on ABBA You Can Dance

By: Michelle Garza

The creators of the popular Just Dance franchise also released ABBA You Can Dance, which features 26 undying songs. ABBA You Can Dance invites you to unleash your inner dancing queen and hit the dance floor with one of world’s biggest music sensations. For those of you who don’t know, ABBA is a Swedish pop group from the 1970s and one of the most successful pop music groups in history. Their music is now most know from the hit Broadway musical “Mamma Mia”.

Like the other Just Dance games, playing the game is simple; you hold the Wii Remote in your right hand and mirror the movements of the silhouetted dancers on screen. The more you match their moves at the right times the more points you will accumulate to earn you stars toward a ranking, with five stars being the best rank one can achieve. The controls aren’t any better or worse than they have been in any of the other Just Dance games, most of the time they work fine, however there might be instances when the game fails to acknowledge that you did move correctly. These moments will be briefly frustrating and will by no means ruin the overall fun experience of the game.

When you start up the game, the options are very simple, you can click “Play” to start dancing right away. There are two options: you can just dance by selecting a song, or you can perform in a “mini-musical” of six ABBA songs. The songs are choreographed for 1, 2, or 4 dancers but the multiplayer routines are a lot more fun. Playing alone is possible, but many of the routines involve handholding and sidestepping around another person, so having friends to dance with is a plus.

Abba You Can Dance also has a “karaoke” mode. If you plug in any USB microphone, you can sing along to the lyrics while the words scroll across on the bottom of the screen. Many of the songs also have original music videos playing in the background as you’re dancing and this is integrated in a way that isn’t too distracting. The karaoke mode is score free.

The song list contains pretty much all of ABBA’s hits, including:

  • Angeleyes
  • As Good As New
  • Bang-A-Boomerang
  • Dancing Queen (two versions available)
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • Fernando
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hole In Your Soul
  • Honey, Honey
  • I’m A Marionette
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • If It Wasn’t For The Nights
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Lay All Your Love On Me
  • Mamma Mia
  • Money, Money, Money
  • People Need Love
  • SOS
  • Summer Night City
  • Super Trouper
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Voulez-vous
  • Waterloo
  • When I Kissed The Teacher

ABBA You Can Dance is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) for Mild Lyrics and Tobacco Reference. Most of the lyrics and dance moves in this game seem suitable for most audiences, however parents or program leaders interested in using this game should play through it to make your own judgment and avoid any songs considered unsuitable.


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© 2013. NMSU Board of Regents. All rights reserved. This project was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the National Research Initiative (Grant #2008-55215-18837).

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