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Parents' Guide to

Audition Online

By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Keyboard rhythm MMO features popular music, open chat.

Game Windows 2009
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Audition Online is a fun way to play a dance game on akeyboard. The ability to play it online with and against other players by using avatarsthat are attractive also adds to its appeal. The dance animation graphics are fun to watch when playershit a sequence - i.e. make the right key strokes at the right time.That together the ability to dance to the latest music on the popcharts and play with friends online can make this a compelling game. Another plus is that the basics of Audition Online are simple - press the correct arrow keys in the correct sequence and hit the space bar at the right time, and your avatar will dance.  But it offers great diversity because there are over 20 different game modes which run the gamut from individual practice modes to team synchronization, team against team, playing against the computer, "Simon Says," as well as a Story Mode - which is akin to a quest in other online role playing games. New players can flounder trying to figure out the game modes, but as they all use the same basic key controls, it simply takes a game or two to learn them. Difficulty level is set by beats per minute (BPM) in a song.  The higher number of beats, the faster a player needs to depress keys.

Audition Online works well as a social space not only because of the activity of dance, but because it provides tools that support social networking. Players can create groups called Fams (Families) which are the game equivalent of guilds or clans. Players can pool together their Beats in order to upgrade various aspects of their Fams' looks and create special dance parties for their Fams. An instant messenger in game allows players to chat with others on their buddy list and an active message forum on the Redbana site is also where players interact. Once you log into the game, music is always playing in the background, whether you are shopping and trying on accessories before buying them or getting ready to join a game.  The number of game modes, move combinations, and music updates ensure that this game remains fresh and fun. 

Online interaction: Chat is open and although a profanity filter is in place, the quality of the interaction can vary considerably.

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