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Britney's Dance Beat (GBA)
If you ever wanted to get your sweaty hands on Britney, you can do it right here!
By Andrew S. Bub | Apr. 14, 2002
The Lowdown: Making Britney dance at the touch of a button is every girl's dream, and every boy's fantasy, but only a mediocre game.
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Platform: Game Boy Advance
Game Type: Dance/Puzzle
Developer: ART Co.
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Dance Beat is a dancing game in the vein of games like Dance Dance Revolution. The game is divided into a few sections: dance mode, 2-player, and puzzle. The soft curvy meat of the game is located in the dance mode. At first, only a practice game is open, as you must earn your place as a Britney Spears back-up dancer (a high aspiration indeed). From there you must play through "Hit Me Baby One More Time," "Oops, I did it Again," "Stronger," and that slinky ode to "chaste" domination, "I'm a Slave for You," by hitting either the A or B-buttons, and later the directional pad, during the beat.
In a dance studio Britney grinds, bops, and cavorts like a marionette to your button-pushing prowess dressed in a few slinky outfits. A simple circle icon and sweeping arm tell you when to hit the buttons, rating your efforts as great, good, or miss. After you're done you can watch little Britney perform the routine while listening to the midi version of the song again (NVU spared no expense as Britney's real voice wails during the chorus), or skip it to see how you did.
When you're done moving through all four practice songs you're rewarded with a trip to the tour portion of the game where you get to... play the same four songs in order, again! Only this time Britney is on a stage-like backdrop, her outfits are slightly different, and the gameplay adds the directional pad to the mix, making the game significantly more challenging.
Oh yeah, the puzzle mode, you know those sliding tile puzzles annoying aunts get you for holidays and such? The type that let you move the tiles around to form the picture? Want to do that on your GBA? Well, have we got a game for you. Instead of adding more songs and dances to the game, NVU has coded a few of these annoying puzzles into it as an option. How bored is your kid anyway? On top of it all is link 2-player mode, which is a nice option. Most Britney fans are little girls (really!) and I've noticed they travel in massive packs; they might enjoy linking up and having Britney dance-offs together. If you win "Best Performance" in this mode you win the right to be a Britney Spears back-up dancer, which I'm guessing is every girl's fantasy.
Will your Britney-loving son or daughter want this game? Yes. Will they love it? I dunno, probably, they love her music don't they? Anything goes pal! Will you or your non-Britney fan children love the game? Probably not. There's just not a whole lot of game here, but what there is, is pure Britney. It's as shallow as the diva herself. •
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