Russian Dancing Men Review
- Classic rhythm gameplay for the iOS.
- Fun remixes of Weebl's-Stuff song content.
- Easy to pick up, hard to master.
- Fails to build upon the Vib-Ribbon concept.
- Limited content; difficulty levels only add so much variety.
- Slow downs can feel out of place on many songs (some do feel fine though).
Russian Dancing Men revisits a style of rhythm game pioneered by Masaya Matsuura at the turn of the century, pairing simple controls with the hyper-fun and cheery songs of the ever-popular Weebl's-Stuff.
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In 1999 Japanese developer and musician Masay Matsuura, along with his company NanaOn-Sha, released Vib-Ribbon upon the world. While not garnering nearly the same attention as previous releases PaRappa the Rapper and UmJammer Lammy, it carved a niche for itself thanks to its unique approach to rhythm gaming - giving players obstacles timed to music to navigate via a semi-intuitive control scheme.
Its lukewarm reception was followed up with relative silence in the rhythm game sphere as others sought to replicate games like Guitar Hero instead, but SmashMouth Games along with Weebl's-Stuff have revived the classic formula for their game Russian Dancing Men.
Themed upon the song and animation of the same name, you play as a group of dancers seeking food and then trying to make their way back home by navigating dangerous courses of hazards in time to music. Being associated with Weebl's-Stuff, this means classics like Kenya, Badgers and Amazing Horse get a new lease on life as well thanks to extended remixes for the sake of the game.
Instead of simply jamming a single button or two in blind repetition of the sequence presented to you, hazards such as pits, spikes and loops need to be avoided by pressing the correct combination of buttons. With eight types of hazards and four buttons, it's easy to get finger-tied in the heat of the moment, but it's at least two short of Vib-Ribbon's 10 combinations, adding some approachability to the gameplay.
And that's really all that's on offer - aside from the admittedly amusing animated interludes involving the Russian Dancing Men, once you're done with the difficulty you're on all you have is a new difficulty (and a marginally higher challenge) to conquer unless you're a die-hard score hunter after online leader board dominance.
Russian Dancing Men is a game made by and for fans of Weebl's-Stuff and if you love the classic songs then you'll get a serious kick out of completing this game. However, whether or not the game survives in the long-term is up to how future content is released and if a price tag is attached, for how much.
DescriptionThe best 5-Star rhythm action game on the App store!
***Nominated for Indie Game Magazine Game of the Year***
---5 STAR REVIEWERS SAY---
- “This is the best app on my iPad! I find I go on it a lot more than Angry Birds or Cut The Rope :)”
- “My only complaint is that I can't give it more stars :D”
- “Addictive and enjoyable – best thing since Angry Birds!”
"Russian Dancing Men is full of personality and humor." - Slidetoplay (01.11.11)
"You get a lot for your minimal money." - MoaBG (27.10.11)
"If you're a fan of rhythm games…. definitely check it out" - AppSpy (24.10.11)
“One of the most off the wall music games since the original PaRappa the Rapper” Modojo (11.11.11)
“Amazingly awesome and hilariously bizarre” MacEnstein (04.12.11)
“This game is unbelievable!” CGRUndertow (02.11.11)
---RUSSIAN DANCING MEN THE GAME---
Dance, Jump, Spin & Slide with The Russian Dancing Men!
Play their epic journey, packed full of the most popular songs from YouTube comedy legends Weebl's Stuff!
Can you get The Russian Dancing Men home without laughing yourself unconscious?
---OVER 125 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE!---
FEATURED SONGS INCLUDE:
Crabs - and more!
Playable on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iOS 4.0 and above*).
Hand-crafted by Weebl and his pack of cartoon elves!
And you won’t stop humming them!
5 DIFFICULTY LEVELS!
NEW - Tap Mode lets you easily control your dancers with a single touch
But will you ever conquer the impossible new ARRGGH! difficulty levels?
Dance over, under and through multiple obstacles - the better you dance, the more you score!
CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS!
Will you conquer the leaderboards and unlock all the new & hidden achievements?
UPGRADES A PLENTY
Need more rhythm? Unlock the Red Army in the game for unlimited Russian Dancing Men!
*Playable on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 1, iPad 2 and iPod Touch (3rd Gen. and above).
Latest update includes the following bug fixes:
-Timing issue with iPhone devices.
-Easy difficulty sometimes returning players to Normal difficulty.
-Crash bug on Anywhere level on iPhone devices.
-Gameplay timing tweaks to levels.
Thanks to everyone who is helping us improve the game. Please continue to email [email protected] with any comments, questions or issues - happy dancing!
What's New in Version 1.0.1***RUSSIAN DANCING MEN UPDATE***
Huzzah!! Russian Dancing Men is now updated with new features and gameplay!
- NEW - Tap Mode lets you easily control your dancers with a single touch.
- NEW – Invulnerability period on Easy & Normal difficulties makes it easier to get back on track if you mess up.
- NEW - ARRGGH!! Difficulty mode. Only for the truly experienced Russian Dancer! WARNING – This new difficulty is REALLY tough!
- NEW achievements to unlock if you conquer ARRGGH mode.
Bug fixes to the game include:
- Timing issue with iPhone devices.
- Easy difficulty sometimes returning players to Normal difficulty.
- Crash bug on Anywhere level on iPhone devices.
- Gameplay timing tweaks to levels.
Russian Dancing Men also has been nominated in 2 categories for Indie Game Magazine Game of the Year 2011! If you’d like to vote for us, search “indie game magazine awards 2011”; you’ll find us in “Best Mobile Game” and “Best Sound and Music”.
Thanks to everyone who is helping us improve the game. Please continue to email [email protected] with any comments, questions or issues.