Wii Review: Boogie

Reviewed by Jon Dunning 5th September 2007

Do you love the rhythm genre but just don’t have the time to spend hours practicing? Do you love Guitar Hero but can’t be bothered learning the multitude of techniques to enable you enjoying the game fully? Then EA have the perfect game for you. Boogie for Nintendo Wii takes everything you know about rhythm titles, adds a unique and often hilarious twist and happily makes a complete fool of you in the process. Boogie certainly isn’t a game for everyone, but anyone not ashamed of looking the complete prat in front of mates, then you should think about investing in Boogie.

 

Unlike most rhythm titles around, extra peripherals are usually required to enable playing. This is where Boogie differs. Instead of an addition dance mat taking up half of your living room, or a chunky guitar we get to use what comes naturally to all Wii owners, the good old Nunchuck and Wii Mote. Like Dance Dance Revolution, in Electronic Arts Boogie, you will be instructed to follow a set of dance moves pre programmed into the title, but unlike DDR, you get a lot more freedom with what moves you want to carry out. You will not be blasted onscreen with a set of moves you must copy here anything goes. While this new system to rhythm titles sound intriguing it also has one massive draw back.

 

After reading a lot of reviews for this title and eagerly awaiting getting my own hands on it, a fundamental flaw seem to keep popping up in every review. You can easily cheat your way though this game. Instead of standing up, making a fool of yourself and actually working hard to complete the title, you could opt to sit down on the nearest couch, shake, wave and manoeuvre the wii mote in such a way that any effort needed is simply thrown out the window. In essence, the same can be said for other titles on the Wii, such as Wario Ware, so whether this flaw is a developer issue at EA or a failure on Nintendos part will remain unsolved until future titles are released.

 

Unfortunately cheating your way though the karaoke aspect of Boogie is just as simple. You can either decide to stand up, sing your little heart and earn top points for your efforts or simply hum into the microphone holding the required notes for the required length of time and be equally rewarded. This again is a shocking flaw, which really should have been ironed out in the testing stages. This is something not possible with the Sony franchise Sing star, so this should have been caught before retail. So if your that way inclined and little cheating your way through titles, Boogie is for you, but we strongly suggest playing this game as it was intended, why spend €59.99 on a title just to ruin it!

 

There is a slight story mode to Boogie but to be honest, it’s so anaemic, there really isn’t much point dwelling on it. Boogies main aim is to get you up singing and dancing, and it does succeed fantastically well.  Graphically, Boogie is a unique and cartoon looking title. Particle effects, advanced lighting or high definition graphics won’t blow you away, but visually, Boogie certain is adequate.

 

Audio wise, it all depends on your own particular musical taste. If Britney, Christina, Beyonce float your boat then Boogie will certainly be a musical treat on your ears but if your musical tendencies lean toward The Who, The Beatles etc, then you may run for cover as Boogie will not be something you will enjoy sitting through. That’s said, additional effects and voice work all sound fantastic.

 

Lets face it; Electronic Arts Boogie is a party title at heart. We all know that the Wii really has an abundance of Party Titles and we feel we really didn’t need another one, but when a title is this much fun it cant be wrong. Boogie is a game best enjoyed with a group of mates, a few beverages (non alcoholic of course) and with all inhibitions thrown out the window. Boogie is all about fun just don’t cheat.

 

Graphics 7.9
Audio 8.0
Gameplay 8.4
Replayability 8.1
Total 8.2