Twister Dance Rave is really a concept that I want to get behind, but a few flaws mean it’s not quite perfect. This game combines music with the classic challenge of stepping on colors spots.
The game comes with an electronic base and two sets of colored spots: blue, green, red and yellow. Those you simply put on the floor on either side of the device, so this is a two-person game. That’s one of my first problems. Twister is originally a game that you can play with multiple people, which makes it fun for parties. However, this game really only works for two people and not that well, which I’ll talk about later.
If you don’t have a device that plays music, Twister Dance Rave comes preloaded with four songs, all that have a theme of lighting up.
- “Lights” by Ellie Goulding
- “Hit the Lights” by Selena Gomez
- “Caught Up in a Twister,” an original song
- “Glow” by Brit Nicole
The base serves as a speaker that plays those songs when no other music input is connected. When you start the game, you can select the songs with forward and back buttons. You can also select intensity from 1 to 3, so you don’t have to worry if you’re not a pro dancer. You might not be by the end of the game, but you can work your way up.
As the music plays, either the left or ride side of the game lights up, so you move your left or right foot to the correct color. Your opponent does the same. This is generally faster higher difficulties, and some songs tend to be much easier than others. I found some boring, while others made me work up a sweat.
The issue with this is that you’re concentrating so hard on what you’re doing that it’s really difficult to see whether your opponent has made a mistake. I suppose that you could have people watching, and I remember that being a big part of playing Twister as a kid. However, there’s virtually no way for two people to keep each other in check, especially in the fastest mode.
Another thing that I noticed is that the spots just don’t tend to stay in place. They stick to bare feet, so we tried playing with socks on. This was better, but the non-stick spots just don’t stay down. I think mats would be a better option or, perhaps, colored projection lights if the system was more high-tech. The spots are also small, definitely for children and not adults.
If you’re not a fan of the included songs, you can connect this to your own MP3 player, phone or tablet with an audio cable that’s included. Turn on the music, then connect the cable to your device. While there’s volume controls on the device if you’re listening to the included songs, you’ll want to use the volume on your phone or MP3 player when listening to your own music.
Considering that this is a child’s toy, the speaker is decent. In fact, you can turn off the lights and just use it to listen to the music, which I really think is one o the better uses of Twister Dance Rave.
There’s a pseudo-docking station on top, with plastic flaps to hold your phone in place. It’s thick enough for a variety of phones, and you’ll see it worked with my mom’s old BlackBerry, but the curve bottom definitely didn’t fit perfectly. I wanted to take a picture with my phone since it has the better camera, however. My phone fit, but the way the plastic stand works meant that I wasn’t able to access buttons on the bottom, so you definitely want to set up your music before inserting your phone or MP3 player.
Like I said, the fact that it still works as a speaker means you can probably find some use of it. It’s powered by 4 AAs, and comes with testers for the display, but you’ll need to unscrew the battery cover, so make sure that you have a screwdriver around.
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