Rhythmic Star

As a dance game for the EyeToy, Rhythmic Star is very similar to EyeToy Groove. Not only do both games feature the songs Aserejé and Move Your Feet, they both have similar looks and gameplay. Where Groove has players reaching for six icons in time with the music, in Rhythmic Star players reach for six stars.

The music is not bad: there are 25 tracks, mostly pop hits. One or two are adapted classical tracks, and a couple are Namco originals. These latter are pretty awful, but the rest of the music makes up for it, featuring plenty of dance game and disco standards: Kylie, David Bowie, Madonna, and so on.

There are four difficulty levels, and progression through the game is a matter of unlocking new songs and song sections. There are also a series of hairpieces, glasses, noses, and other silly facial adornments you can win as you work your way through the songs. These can be used in the photo section, to take funfair-style pictures of yourself and your friends.

The main problem with Rhythmic Star is the gameplay. Stars of different colours cascade down the sides of the screen, before bouncing back up to the star outline corresponding to their colour. It takes a while to get used to this, because it's unlike other dance games where movement arrows tend to all travel the same distance. The stars don't necessarily appear in the same order that they should be hit, and it's hard to know where to focus without missing what's coming next.

Spectators have the background animations to enjoy, and these change as each song progresses. This gives players something to look at whilst they wait their turn.

The main modes are survival, versus (the multiplayer mode), and the main mode. Multiplayer can cope with up to four players.

Rhythmic Star isn't a keeper. The music quality is fair, and there's at least an attempt at providing entertainment and a degree of challenge. But the game is derivative, and the way the stars move is difficult to follow and works against the way most people focus their eyes and attention. In short, there are better dance games out there.