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ABBA You Can Dance
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ABBA You Can Dance features 26 songs from the iconic band, including everything from "Dancing Queen" to "When I Kissed the Teacher." This game uses the same dance controls as the Just Dance series, which has been acclaimed for its intuitive style and challenging but accessible gameplay. The varying difficulty levels allow every player to find a setting that is right for them. There are dozens of ABBA photos featuring the band's remarkable history, and a couple of them depict band members holding cigarettes.
What's it about?
ABBA YOU CAN DANCE puts players in the shoes of the legendary Swedish pop group, allowing them to go from venue to venue and dance to 26 of the band's most memorable tunes. The game includes a mode that allows players to perform back-to-back songs in the form of a musical, complete with interspersed story scenes. There is also a karaoke mode which strips away the dance mechanic and allows players to have fun by just singing along with the lyrics as they appear on screen. In addition, there is an extensive collection of videos, pictures, and live concert footage that span the storied 40-year history of the band.
Is it any good?
ABBA You Can Dance uses the same gameplay controls as the heralded Just Dance series of games, which has been praised for its accessible presentation, accurate and intuitive scoring system, and mastering the art of "easy to play but difficult to master." From a technical standpoint, this game is spot on. The inclusion of a casual karaoke mode, which nixes the dance controls and lets players have fun just singing along, is a great additional feature. No doubt only the most ardent ABBA enthusiasts will truly enjoy the entire span of 26 tracks included in this game. For the more casual fan, gameplay will likely be limited to only a few of the band's more popular hits; but with the collection of concert videos, behind-the-scenes photos, biographical information, and recreations of some of ABBA's most recognizable dance styles, this game is sure to be a hit with any fan.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the cigarettes that appear in a couple of the behind-the-scenes photos. Why was this considered more socially acceptable 20-30 years ago? What changed?
Why has ABBA managed to become so successful?
Do you think the band members are good role models?
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