Country Dance: A Review

Format: Wii
Developer: High Voltage Software
Publisher: GameMill
Price: $39.99 Buy Now On Amazon

Country music and dancing isn’t a total sports experience, but it is athletic. And frankly dancing games for the Wii are more athletically taxing than almost all the sports simulations combined.

Over the past few years, a number of dance simulations have come out, which provide a tremendous aerobic workout for the player, and frankly are a lot of fun. The most recent of entry is Country Dance, by High Voltage Software and Game Mill.

The game is very simple to play. With a Wii controller in the right hand, just mimic the dance moves on the screen. It’s a game young toddlers can play and adults can enjoy as well. In fact my 2 year-old was able to play the game, along with my 7 year-old, who perfected the moves.

If anything, the game may be too simple. Although there are a few game modes, such as a stop and go and perfection mode, where the player only gets points for nailing the dance, it can get old rather quickly for an adult, unless there you are a country music fan, which will enjoy the cross selection of music.

With over 25 songs from artists like Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw, there is a lot to like, even for the casual fan of the genre. And that’s what makes the game unique.

Below is a full list of songs:

  • Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Casanova”
  • Brad Paisley, “Water”
  • Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”
  • Trace Adkins, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
  • Tim McGraw, “Just to See You Smile”
  • Zac Brown Band, “Chicken Fried”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Life is A Highway”
  • Tracy Byrd, “Watermelon Crawl”
  • Josh Turner, “Why Don’t We Just Dance”
  • Luke Brian, “Ran is A Good Thing”
  • Mary Chapin  Carpenter, “I Feel Lucky”
  • Jerrod Niemann, “Lover Lover”
  • Josh Thompson, “Beer on the Table”
  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Life is A Highway”
  • Blake Shelton, “All About Tonight”
  • Miranda Lambert, “White Liar”
  • Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire”
  • Alan Jackson, “Chattahoochee”
  • Miley Cyrus, “Hoedown Throwdown”
  • Brooks & Dunn, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”
  • Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky”
  • Toby Keith, “A Little Less Talk”
  • Dierks Bentley, “What Was I Thinking”
  • Darius Rucker, “Alright”
  • Gretchen Wilson, “Redneck Woman”

The graphics could be better, but are pretty much standard for the Wii. And the Wii controls make it easy for gain points, even though a player can get a “great” rating just by waiving the controller in the air for the song. It would be interesting to see a version come out of Kinect where the full motion of the player is captured.

Yet, that’s not the point of the game. Instead Country Dance is a family game which everyone can enjoy from 2 to 102. The kids will love it. And isn’t that the most important thing?

Grade: B


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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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