Konami's dancing juggernaut shimmies its way to iPhone.
Now you can cut a rug with your iPhone, thanks to Konami's DanceDanceRevolution S. This portable version of the company's smash hit music series challenges you to master a plethora of songs by lining up arrows, the goal to score big points and move on to the next stage. A few nagging issues keep it from being a dancing queen, but DDR fans will fall in love.
First off, Konami did an excellent job adapting DDR for the iPhone. Featuring PlayStation quality visuals, you'll jam to over 20 tunes as your chosen character dances behind a series of psychedelic backgrounds. Not only is the animation top notch (especially the ladies' sexy dance moves), but the action remains smooth and consistent. It's without question one of the best showpieces for Apple's device.
Aside from the new Shake Mode (more on that in a bit), Konami didn't mess with the proven formula. As per the usual, arrows scroll up from the bottom of the screen and you must hit them as they pass over their corresponding silhouettes at the top. Except instead of bouncing on a physical dance mat, you press translucent arrow buttons on the iPhone's screen; we suggest using your left thumb for Up/Left and your right thumb for Down/Right.
OK, Shake Mode. This is Konami's attempt to capitalize on the iPhone's accelerometer, and while we see what it had in mind, the result is quite ugly. Instead of pressing buttons, the designers force you to line up arrows by tilting the top of the device down for the Up arrow, back for the Down arrow, left and right. The downside? It's difficult to gauge how much force one needs to succeed. After a few minutes, we nailed the Up and Down arrows, but could never figure out how to hit the other two. On top of that, we were afraid our iPhone's would fly from our hands. Konami exacerbated the issue when it asked us to jump in order to score two arrows at once. Uh, no thanks.
We also take issue with the music. Ten years ago, no one cared about DDR's collection of lame techno and International tracks. But in 2009, during a time when both Guitar Hero and Rock Band feature soundtracks with more western flavor, we have no idea (nor do we care to find out) who U1 & Krystal B are. It's far from awful (we tapped our feet to several tunes), but we'd prefer something more palatable.
At this point, it remains to be seen whether Konami will update its game with additional songs (please do), but even if DDR S remains the same, it's still one of the iPhone's most impressive and enjoyable video games. Dance your way to the App Store and check it out.
What's Hot: DDR in your hands, excellent graphics, kooky characters, superb animation given the technology.
What's Not: Shake mode, most of the music.